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My Favorite Books from 2017

Over the years, I will often launch the new year by posting some of my favorite books I read from the past year. These aren’t the only ones I digested this year, but these are ones I’ve recommended to leaders, educators, parents, coaches and employers—people I’ve met as I travel. Below are some of the…

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Six Qualities of a Great Mentor

As this year comes to an end, I thought it might be helpful to talk to you about finding a mentor. For you, a mentor might mean reconnecting with a person you feel is ahead of you in their career and nudging you to take a new step. For your students, this discussion might be…

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Coaching in a Pressure Cooker

Years ago, Florida State’s head football coach, Bobby Bowden, was fielding questions from an audience of fans. Their team was enjoying a run of several years, being in the top five finishes. It was a good time to be in Tallahassee. An elderly woman near the front raised her hand and said, “Coach Bowden, I…

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Real Leaders Give More Than Thanks

Last Thursday, most of us sat down to a nice, big turkey dinner, with all the fixings. We’ve done so for years; we call it Thanksgiving. Today—I’m suggesting that genuine leaders give thanks, but they give much more than thanks. They give back. Case in point. Several leaders here in the U.S. have enjoyed our…

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The Future Proof Skills Your Students Need: Podcast #52

Today I’m excited to share with you a conversation with Andrew McPeak. Andrew is a next gen researcher, speaker, and writer for Growing Leaders. He also is the coauthor of our newest book, Marching Off the Map. Here are some highlights from our conversation. Andrew McPeak: The future, sometimes, can be a scary thought. It’s especially scary for…

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Why Not Knowing Anything About an Industry Could Be Your Biggest Advantage

This column was originally published on Entrepreneur.com on September 28, 2017. You may not be shocked to learn that the majority of today’s emerging youth population see themselves as entrepreneurs. Instead of seeking that corner office in a large company, they envision creating or curating something and then selling it as a product or service. What’s…

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What the Future of Leadership Looks Like

I get to meet some of the most amazing students as I travel. In fact, our entire team of speakers (at Growing Leaders) meets them, from secondary schools, to universities to international schools in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. As I meet these students, I am noticing something different. They are examples…

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