I recently returned from speaking at a university conference. While on the campus, I chatted with some students who told me what classes they’d taken that school year. The student leaders came from various colleges, but I noticed something both familiar and intriguing about the course titles they took: Getting Dressed What if Harry Potter is Real? Zombies in Popular Media Gaga for (Lady)

I have a leadership bias. Yep. I confess. Guilty. I am addicted—and perhaps I need a Twelve Step Program. But before you judge me as narrow or blind, may I make my case for why leadership must be “front and center” on our radar screen? I don’t believe every one of us—and certainly not every student—should be positioned in a key

While speaking to university faculty last semester, a group of teachers approached me to ask if I was seeing what they saw among college students: Students felt traumatized when given a poor grade, making faculty reluctant to be honest with them or give them a B or C. Students were calling campus police for minor incidents, such as seeing a

What do you make of a person who describes his or her life this way: I spend the equivalent of a full-time job on three to five screens each day. I made my best friends through Tumblr and Instagram. I binge watch YouTube and Netflix. I am not totally sure about my sexual identity. I don’t identify with an ethnic

Last year, a minor league manager said to me, “I can’t figure out our young ball players today. They hit .211 in single A ball, and think it’s good enough to be called up to double A.” Then, he smiled as if an epiphany had just struck him. He looked at me and said, “Maybe that’s the problem. All they’re

I just spoke to a bank executive who orients new, young employees at her branch. As we discussed the chasm grads must jump from the familiar “classroom” to the unfamiliar “workroom,” she smiled and told me about a recent orientation where a new, 22-year-old employee raised her hand and asked: “When is spring break?” photo credit: Portrait of a female executive via

Several years ago, James Q. Wilson wrote about his “Broken Windows Theory,” which author Malcolm Gladwell referenced in his book The Tipping Point. The theory was tried in New York, where high crime areas were transformed by merely fixing the broken windows in those neighborhoods. Instead of spending millions of dollars on new police officers, they spent thousands of dollars

A teacher survey was recently taken in Wales by the teacher’s union NUT Cymru, only to discover that nearly half of their faculty plans to quit within the next two years. Wow. Almost half of the school workforce. Responding to the question about their future plans, 46 percent of the 28,000 teachers responded that they don’t want to stay in the educational

Yesterday, I wrote about appetites. We live in a day of human appetites, using words like passion, obsession and addiction more than any time in modern history. For many, addictive behaviors have become all-consuming: our culture now offers more Twelve Step Programs and Support Groups for addictions than at any point during my lifetime. It’s good that we do… but

We live in a day of human appetites. We hear the words passion, obsession and addiction more than any time in modern history. It seems everyone is looking for his or her “passion.” Parents push their children to find them early, and coaches now lead young athletes who play only one sport, all year round. Gary Hamel writes, “If corporate

I just spoke with some chapter advisors for two fraternities. Both were fellow alum and remembered the “good ol’ days,” when Greek Houses were in full swing. Interestingly, both of these men were baffled over a pattern in today’s student members. They noticed current students merely wanted to repeat what’s been done in the past. The students’ goal was to keep