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Athletes & Mental Health: Two Changes We Need to Make

10shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn You may remember Tyler Hilinski, the Washington State University quarterback who took his own life last January. His football team took a knee as they launched a new season this year—visually acknowledging their fallen teammate, and further shining a spotlight on a significant and growing issue for student athletes:…

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How Great Leaders Create Engaged Cultures

12shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn After meeting with a national champion athletic coach, a president of a growing university and an amazing principal of a 3,600-student high school—I’ve drawn at least one conclusion about quality leadership: Great leaders create the campus culture. This means, when you arrive, you are the “Chief Culture Officer.” You…

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One Great Reason to Reduce Social Media Use

8shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I just finished speaking to both parents and students at a high school and—wouldn’t you know it—social media was the all-consuming topic of my two days on campus. So many parents felt obliged to purchase a smart phone for their child as a middle-schooler, and now years into the…

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The Unexpected Outcome of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

16shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Every now and then, you hear a story that takes your breath away. A true story that defies human logic, but displays human nature at its very best. Such a story took place a few weeks ago in Pennsylvania. By now, you’ve heard various accounts of the tragic shooting…

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How a Pig Increased Initiative in Students

0shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn With Thanksgiving upon us—I’d love to tell you about something I am thankful for.  The story below fills me with both pride and hope. Paoli High School is one of the schools The Growing Leaders Initiative collaborates with. We’ve granted Habitudes® resources, to help them learn leadership as teenagers.…

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How Do We Build Good Leaders in High School Athletics?

8shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn A high school basketball coach surprised me when he told me recently that he couldn’t get any of his boys on the team to be the “captain.” Typically, he said, the team votes on each season’s new captains, but when the votes were counted, the two students who got…

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Two Skills Every Student Needs Before Graduation

15shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn There’s an ongoing tension that educational leaders constantly feel on their jobs. Almost every educator I interact with these days faces a tension between two realities: The need to teach to the test, so students score high enough to get funding. The desire to prepare students to be life…

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Positive Discipline: Three Practical Strategies Parents Can Use

16shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I’m hearing more and more stories lately of teenagers filing lawsuits against parents. It’s quite disconcerting to me. In the wake of decades of expanding children’s rights, kids are now using terms with adults like: You can’t do that to me. I have rights to my privacy. This is…

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My Favorite Leadership Quotes

5shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Every year I post a list. It’s a list I think leaders like you will appreciate and benefit from. I’ve posted lists of my favorite leadership books, my favorite leadership movies and even my favorite leadership examples—and many of them are students! Today, I’d like to share with you…

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