Fasten your seatbelts—this short article may sound old-fashioned but it’s based upon some new research. I want to talk about a missing element in our students’ lives today. While they may be as preoccupied as ever, busy with their smart devices, their schoolwork and planning their future—they may be overlooking a most critical piece to a healthy, well-adjusted life. In fact,

Today, I’m excited to share with you a conversation with Don Yaeger. Don is a nine-time New York Times best-selling author, award-winning speaker, business leadership coach, and former Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated. Here are some highlights from our conversation. Tim Elmore: Don, I’d like to talk to you about this idea of teams. I’m sure every single person is either

For years, I’ve been studying the idea of the “One Percent Factor.” I first read about it while working on my master’s degree almost thirty years ago. It’s the simple but profound idea that a one percent change, over time, can make a gigantic difference—positive or negative. Whether it’s personal growth, health and fitness, vocabulary, reading, habits, diet, or cultivating a

In 2015, I hosted conversations with more than 300 NCAA coaches, as I traveled to universities across America. When I asked what their top challenges are with today’s student athletes, one kept popping up again and again: The athletes’ ability to confront teammates on wrong or poor behavior. I bet you’ve seen it too. Teammates lay plans to break a rule, but

You may have heard the story of John Pinney, a 25-year old in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He made sure he got “famous” by stealing a police car, speeding away and posting his crime on Facebook Live…in real time. Yep. We now not only want to break the rules…we want to document it. We feel the need to post ourselves in the act.

The University of Vermont is the newest school to jump on board with the “flipped classroom.” Believe it or not—their school of medicine is eliminating the lecture, drill, memorization and test method. Over the next several years, the school will remove all lecture courses, replacing them with videos students watch on their own time. And instead of sitting through lectures,

One of the many “shifts” I’ve experienced in my lifetime is the emphasis on personal self-esteem. Beginning with a wave of literature published in the 1960s, moving into another wave in the 1980s, adults have been seeking to “find themselves” and even more, desiring to enable young people to do the same. We all want our young to have a

Years ago, a mentor, Keith Drury, taught me that one secret to a happy life is the ability to “enjoy things without owning them.” I soon learned to enjoy a neighbor’s boat or vacation cabin on the lake without the need to own either of them. I think Keith is right. He’s also prophetic. A new pattern in Millennial behavior today is

I have found myself speaking to lots of parents in 2016. My audiences were filled with caring and engaged moms and dads. As I listened to questions from these parents, however, I noticed a pattern. Many were working parents who feared they had failed their children. They were concerned their kids will grow up unhappy, disappointed, unready or ill-equipped for life

When I’m in front of high school or university students, I often coach them to prepare for the world that awaits them following graduation. I talk about the skills they’ll need in the future, regardless of the industry they join. (Skills like critical thinking, creative processing, analytic writing, emotional intelligence, problem solving, etc.) Then, however, I frequently move into helping

The Washington Post just published a front-page article about American teachers. These people (who happen to be heroes of mine) are skipping class. Yep. It’s not only the students who play “hooky,” it’s the faculty too. The article reported, “More than 1 in 4 of the nation’s full-time teachers are considered chronically absent from school, according to federal data, missing the

If you’re around teens or twenty-somethings, you’ve probably noticed they’ve adopted a new verb. It’s an action word called, “adulting.” It’s all about the migration from a kid-mindset to an adult-mindset. And for a majority of students today, it’s a huge step. Survey results on young adults in their 20s or 30s were just released. The results suggest they are having trouble “adulting”