Almost everywhere I go, I find myself in conversations about technology. Sometimes, it’s a simple whine about how it’s making kids’ attention spans shorter. Other times, it’s a deep dive into how we can better leverage technology. Robert Szczerba writes, “The advancement of technology generally evokes a range of emotions in people from all walks of life.  Some view technology as

Every leader is building a culture, by default or design. Whether you’re a teacher in a classroom, a parent of a family, a director of a department, a coach of a team, or a CEO of a company, you automatically get the job of creating a “culture” for the space you’re in. Like it or not, it goes with the

Today, I’m excited to share with you a conversation with Geoff Goodman, President of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. Having held other executive positions for Bruster’s Ice Cream and Cici’s Pizza, Geoff has a whole new stance on how to manage and lead the next generation. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.   Tim Elmore: With Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Today’s post is a guest article by Randy Gavvitt. I hope you enjoy it.  Although the concept of community is at the core of what creates a High Performance Team, it is also one of the twelve best practices to unlock organizational performance, as well. When we see the word community, it may bring to mind rows of houses with white picket

One of the most fascinating studies I’ve read in the last decade was conducted by University of Pennsylvania researchers, Angela Duckworth and Martin Seligman. Just over ten years ago they performed a longitudinal study on two groups of adolescents to measure self-discipline in the students. Results came from self-report, parent report, teacher report and monetary choice questionnaires, given in their

After 37 years of my career—I’ve drawn two conclusions about coaching: My ego can blind me from accurate self-evaluation. The best test to evaluate my coaching is to ask the recipients of it. Most of the athletic coaches I meet each year are good people. But pause and consider these three statements: You coach at a high level (in part) because

I have a question for you. Over the last seven days, did you catch Pikachu? How about Squirtle? Or Zubat? No? Well, neither did I. But it was impossible to miss the newest rage among teens and young adults. You've likely heard or seen the obsession over “Pokemon Go.” A new iteration of the 1990’s Nintendo game was just released on July

I had a difficult time believing what I saw last week in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas. While I didn’t know any of the victims personally, I’m still grieving the loss. It was a déjà vu experience for me. It felt like 1968 again. We witnessed shootings and victims on both sides—minorities and law enforcement. I continue to wonder, as

Our focus groups and recent conversations with middle school, high school and university students have been enlightening, to say the least. I am anxious to unveil them next year in a new book. Today—I want to follow up on my last two posts, regarding social media. I hope to furnish you (and your colleagues) with my interpretation of the data to

Yesterday, I blogged about the A, B, C’s of handling social media—specifically, how do we can teach and parent a generation that doesn’t remember a time without Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other such sites. Today and tomorrow, I’d like to dig into the data on how this digital world impacts their skill development and maturity. Let’s face it—with each new

Generation Z—the kids who’ve been born since the beginning of the 21st century—has never known a day without the ping of social media messaging: Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Kik, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube…you name it. Millennials grew up with computers—for Generation Z, it’s social media, all day, everyday. It’s a whole new world. Teens now spend more time with digital media than they