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Four Practices That Naturally Develop Leaders

8shares Facebook Twitter 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. Thank…

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The One Soft Skill That Can Make or Break a Person    

56shares Facebook Twitter 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 for…

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Four Ordinary Traits of Extraordinary Leaders

17shares Facebook Twitter 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 never…

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One Important Resolution to Make This School Year

10shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn I just read some research that confirmed what I suspected for years. Even though students in Generation Z (those growing up in the 21st century) desire to “make the world a better place,” volunteering is down, not up. Yes—you read that correctly.  Here is a quick summary of the findings…

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The Six Best Summer Jobs for Students and Why

6shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn I recently met Geoff Goodman, president of Orange Leaf Yogurt. He oversees 300 frozen yogurt stores all over the country. Orange Leaf was founded in 2008 and now employs thousands of young team members across America. The majority of them are high school or college students…much like the ones you…

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A New Approach to Leadership: Podcast #28

0share Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Follow @TimElmore Today I’m excited to share with you a conversation I recently had with my good friend Zach Thomas. He is an accomplished leader who studied at West Point, served as a Ranger instructor, started his own business, and now leads young people at a Chick-fil-A. We discussed a new approach…

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Drinking From a Fire Hydrant

1share Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Follow @TimElmore Last Friday, we took our Growing Leaders team to Leadercast, a simulcast event broadcast live to over 100,000 leaders worldwide. The lineup was spectacular — each speaker focused on one element of bravery and its role in effective leadership. From Seth Godin to Peyton Manning to Rudy Giuliani,…

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My Sweet Time in Hershey, Pennsylvania

0share Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Follow @TimElmore Recently, I had the privilege of visiting the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA. It had been years since I’d been to that city, and frankly, I didn’t know if it had any value to add except great chocolate bars. Boy, was I wrong. photo credit: Hershey’s Air…

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How to Find, Keep and Grow the Best Young Team Members at Work

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0share Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Click Here to Listen Recently I had the great privilege to talk with Andy Lorenzen, Senior Director, Organizational Effectiveness and Development for Chick-fil-A, and discuss the importance of leading the next generation and creating a culture they will respond to in the workplace. Here are a few notes from our discussion.…

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