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Seven Ways to Prevent Athletes From a De-Commit or Transfer

9shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I know a high school senior who was recruited to play volleyball at a NCAA Division One School. Emily told me the coaches “courted” her for months until she finally committed to play there. And then, when she actually showed up to play, things were different. After a week…

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Let’s Make Common Sense Common Again

32shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Sometimes, I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry when I read some news stories today. Our world is more educated, more sophisticated, more modernized and more industrialized than ever before—but in our race to make progress, we often leave one important quality behind: common sense. Webster defines common…

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The Nobility of Working with Students

10shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I recently led a workshop for administrators at a university. Attendees were college deans, vice presidents, heads of schools and high school principals. When I placed them in small discussion groups and posed the question, “What changes do you plan to make this year?” I overheard one administrator say…

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How to Overcome Job Shaming

7shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I’m not sure if you caught it, but actor Geoffrey Owens recently appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” after an incident that took place in New York. You might remember Owens as the actor known for his comedic role as Elvin Tibideaux on The Cosby Show, between 1985 and 1992. But recently,…

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Four Practices That Naturally Develop Leaders

8shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I am honored to announce that The Growing Leaders Initiative has been named a top five finalist in the Southeast region for the 2019 True Inspiration Award. Voting is now open. Help The Growing Leaders Initiative continue to make a difference in the local community and internationally by voting.…

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Building a “Whatever It Takes” Attitude On Your Team 

8shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn The phrase hung over the doorway of the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room for decades. It has been used over and over again by championship teams from all sports. It’s a mindset. It’s a way of life. It’s an attitude. “Whatever it takes.” Yet, after surveying young adults today I’ve…

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The One Soft Skill That Can Make or Break a Person    

19shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn A new survey was taken among both educators and parents—which revealed that each has different perspectives when it comes to our kids. We gain a fresh perspective when we see life from the classroom as well as the family room. Both teachers and parents, however, agree on one thing…

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Four Ordinary Traits of Extraordinary Leaders

16shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn During my doctoral studies in leadership development, one question framed more conversations than almost any other: do great leaders form in any age and under any circumstance—or do contrary circumstances actually “summon” leaders to step forward?  For example, would we have ever heard of attorney Abraham Lincoln had we…

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