Recently I read Angela Duckworth’s book, “Grit.” Dr. Duckworth left a high-paying job in consulting to take a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York City public school. She quickly realized that IQ isn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. In her book, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor

Growing Leaders just hosted Atlanta Habitudes® Intensive (a two-day train-the-trainer event) for those planning to use Habitudes in their school or organization, and then we hosted a sell-out audience at our 2017 National Leadership Forum. Both were hosted at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. The ballroom was full of educators, administrators, coaches, executive youth leaders, and employers who discussed

I recently read the story of one student who was consistently absent from class, who deliberately neglected her assignments and who flunked her final exam—and yet, she still ended up passing the course. When her mother inquired as to how this could be, the faculty explained that they felt it would be counter-productive to fail her. Although she didn’t do

Happy 20th birthday Social Media! It was in 1997 the first social media site launched called, (Based on the theory that there are no more than six degrees of separation from anyone and actor Kevin Bacon.) I cover social media’s history and purpose in my new book, Marching Off the Map. It’s stunning to comprehend what a central role

After a faculty training event, I was approached by a professor who admitted to me that while he enjoyed my presentation—he was exhausted by his classroom work. He told me he’d been teaching for thirty-one years and frankly, “kids don’t pay attention or work as hard as they did back in the 80s.” It was interesting for me to note that

We are leading, coaching, parenting, and teaching kids who’ve never lived a day in the 20th century. They’ve only known a world of terrorism, recession, racial unrest, corporate scandals, under-employment and uncertainty. They’ve also only known a world of portable devices, multi-tasking, social media, multiple personas and a complex world where they are more about coping and hoping. How do you

Have you been keeping up with the news on Russia? Protestors are taking to the streets and parks, demonstrating against government corruption. Dozens turned into hundreds, which turned into thousands of protestors carrying specific signs of their disapproval of President Putin’s regime. You might say, “That’s no big deal. This kind of thing has been going on for years.” And you’d

I recently spoke to a university faculty member who told me a student just chewed her out because she “sucks” as a teacher. When the professor inquired as to why the student felt she was inadequate, the student was unprepared to answer. After stumbling over his words, the sophomore replied, “Because you gave me a bad grade after I tried

Recently, I spoke to teachers who said they’d each received notes or calls from former students, years after they graduated. The good news is, in every case, the young adult wanted to thank their instructor for a particular conversation, for a unique experience or for a class discussion that marked them. Permanently. We all love getting such notes from former students. What

We just received survey responses from students in a variety of locations around the world. In our survey, we asked what leadership skill or quality students believe they lack the most. While respondents were kids of various ages and from a variety of locations (low income and high affluence), most shared something in common. They felt they lacked confidence. More than any

Today, we hear from Andrew McPeak. Andrew is a next gen researcher, speaker, and author for Growing Leaders.  I've been reading a lot about brains lately. Did you know that our brains rewire themselves based on activity or inactivity? This can happen in a relatively short amount of time—just a few weeks, typically. Did you know that "we take in the equivalent of about 174 newspapers’

This month, I took a week to celebrate the graduation of both of my adult children. Our family traveled to London and Paris and enjoyed the sites and tastes of Europe. While there, we had a number of people recommend we see the show, “Moulin Rouge.” In the words of several of them, it was “smashing.” So, my son went on-line