Dr. Kerry Priest is a faculty member at Kansas State University. She’s also one of our speakers at Growing Leaders. She teaches in the school of leadership studies. I asked her to blog about what she and her department are doing in Manhattan. Enjoy… Recently I asked a small group of first-year college students in my introductory leadership class, "What did

Happy Memorial Day. You probably know, this is a day to commemorate the veterans who’ve sacrificed to pay the price for the freedoms we enjoy in the U.S. Did you know… Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day”? The name comes from the fact that the graves of soldiers were decorated by family and survivors. Decoration Day was the idea of General John

Follow @TimElmore I know. This title sounds just plain strange. But it’s a perfect name for what’s happening across our country—and a syndrome we must address if student athletes today are going to become healthy adults. Some years ago, we saw it coming. Sports Illustrated for Kids reported that 75 percent of their readers said they had witnessed out-of-control parents at their

Follow @TimElmore As we keep our ear to the ground, we continue to hear reports that emotional intelligence—and specifically empathy—is spiraling downward among kids. The sociology department at the University of Michigan, led by Dr. William Axinn at the Population Studies Center, tells us that college students today are approximately 40% less empathetic than they were just ten years ago. That’s

Recently, I had the privilege of talking with Cory Epler, the Deputy State Director for Career Education at the Department of Education for Nebraska. We discussed how they as educators are adjusting their education to the changes today’s students bring. Our discussion is a small snap shot of what educators will experience at our 2014 National Leadership Forum. Join an incredible

Follow @TimElmore The National Leadership Forum 2014 is almost full. Only 51 seats remain. Don’t wait, or all available spots will be gone. Bring a group and save money. Reserve your seats today!  There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “He who burns the candle at both ends… isn’t as bright as he thinks.” In our country, we have come to celebrate busyness. Over the

You may have read the story several days ago. Another tornado ripped through Alabama, injuring and even killing people. Ironically, it was almost three years after the deadly tornado hit Tuscaloosa, killing over 50 people. It makes recovery hard. News reports covered the tragedy thoroughly—but rarely the ordinary people who become heroes amidst the tragedy. This time, a student arose as

Every year, educators talk about budget cuts and their school's inability to do what's necessary to equip students for life after graduation. As I have frequently stated, teachers are heroes, and I recognize there's never quite enough money to do what's necessary to prepare our emerging adults. Preparedness actually costs quite a bit.   There is a form of preparedness, however, that

Research done with people both young and old reveals very interesting conclusions on the role of gratitude. Author and researcher, Dr. Robert Emmons, from the University of California Davis, believes he knows what gives life meaning: pure and simple gratitude. Emmons’ team found that people who view life as a gift and consciously acquire an “attitude of gratitude” experience multiple advantages.

A recent argument has emerged again on university campuses revolving around “trigger warnings.” Some schools have been accused by parents that they don’t provide warnings about disturbing content or sensitive material in courses. The debate is another illustration of how much adults are finding it difficult to navigate their children’s maturation process. How much is too much exposure? How early

Recently, I read an article in The Atlantic, by former professor Marshall Poe, called, “Why Colleges Should Teach Religion to Their Students.” The article was compelling and doesn’t go down the path you think it might. It wasn’t a case against the separation of church and state; instead, it was a thought-provoking piece on how universities seem to be failing at

I just read two reports about the changing marketplace. Both of them mentioned the fact that parents are increasingly involved in the job interviews and work of their adult children. One report said, “In the New World Work Order, the parents of Millennial workers apparently are factors that cannot be ignored. In fact, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi told Fortune Magazine

Here’s a great story with an incredible lesson in it for those of us who lead students. A fourteen-year old student named Suvir Mirchandani, came up with a science project that got the attention of CNN and other investigative reporters. What began as a middle school project could actually save the Federal government millions of dollars each year—and all it would

Recently, I was privileged to speak to the faculty and administration at Darlington School, an incredible private school in north Georgia full of caring educators. One hot button issue that day concerned perseverance in students. Kevin Ivester, a math teacher at Darlington, blogged about the need for tenacity and good attitudes, based on discoveries made in Singapore students. Yesterday, I