Over a period of five days, I plan to blog about the research and history behind the idea of teaching with pictures. It’s actually quite fascinating, and sets up our release of three Habitudes® resources this month. Yesterday, we took a brief look at history and how cultures engaged their people with images. Below is part two. Picture Perfect Training Since the

As I research for my new book, I come across some amazing stuff. Just a couple of weeks ago, I discovered some “gold” on an educational website. It was a document, created in 1918, called: “The Cardinal Principles of Secondary Education.” Almost a century ago, high schools were a new idea. Some had started, but there were no guiding principles for

Follow @TimElmore A few short years ago, corporate executives were asked what single word best describes the recent college graduates entering their workplace. The word they selected? Entitled. Interestingly, when recent graduates were asked to guess what descriptive word these executives had chosen that begins with the letter “e,” they guessed: exciting, enterprising, entrepreneurial and energetic. None of them guessed how

As I travel and speak to college students, I’m often asked what are the best books for a young leader to read. Years ago, I created a list of “Must Reads” for established leaders, but below, I list what I consider great reads for emerging leaders—teens and twenty-somethings who aspire to leadership. Hope it’s helpful. 1. Leadership and Self-Deception, by the

I spent the last few days studying thirty years of student trends and patterns. While both K-12 and Higher Education have gone through transitions—the greatest shift in three decades of childhood is the parents. Parents are doing their job differently than they did forty years ago. We’ve all heard the term, “Helicopter Parent.” It’s a title we’ve affectionately bestowed upon moms and

In June of 2017, our organization, Growing Leaders, collaborated with Harris Poll to conduct a survey and discover the perspectives of various generations in the U.S. The survey looked at how different generations feel prepared for adult life; whether they had/have an adult mentor preparing them for adulthood; how overwhelmed they are by daily life and the role technology plays

Today, there are more generations working together than at any point in modern history, primarily because people are living and working longer than in the past. Recently, “Universum” surveyed three generations of current and future employees to study their needs, views, and competencies relating to workplace leadership. They analyzed responses by generation, gender and nation. The survey scope and period included over

Folks talk a lot today about Millennials. For that matter, we’ve talked about younger generations ever since the Baby Boomers introduced the “generation gap” in the 1960s. The unique realities each generation faces as they come of age (shared tragedies, heroes, milestones, music, television shows and economy) shape us into the people we are as we enter adulthood. These realities,

If you’re around teens or twenty-somethings, you’ve probably noticed they’ve adopted a new verb. It’s an action word called, “adulting.” It’s all about the migration from a kid-mindset to an adult-mindset. And for a majority of students today, it’s a huge step. Survey results on young adults in their 20s or 30s were just released. The results suggest they are having trouble “adulting”

Today, I’m excited to share with you a conversation with Geoff Goodman, President of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. Having held other executive positions for Bruster’s Ice Cream and Cici’s Pizza, Geoff has a whole new stance on how to manage and lead the next generation. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.   Tim Elmore: With Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Our focus groups and recent conversations with middle school, high school and university students have been enlightening, to say the least. I am anxious to unveil them next year in a new book. Today—I want to follow up on my last two posts, regarding social media. I hope to furnish you (and your colleagues) with my interpretation of the data to

Yesterday, I blogged about the A, B, C’s of handling social media—specifically, how do we can teach and parent a generation that doesn’t remember a time without Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other such sites. Today and tomorrow, I’d like to dig into the data on how this digital world impacts their skill development and maturity. Let’s face it—with each new

Generation Z—the kids who’ve been born since the beginning of the 21st century—has never known a day without the ping of social media messaging: Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Kik, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube…you name it. Millennials grew up with computers—for Generation Z, it’s social media, all day, everyday. It’s a whole new world. Teens now spend more time with digital media than they

The Pew Research Center just released a report that deserves some careful thought. I’d like to relay what it tells us—and challenge you to discuss it with your colleagues. For the first time in modern history, the most popular living arrangement for 18-34 year old young adults is with their parents, at their home. Demographic shifts in marital status, education levels

This week, I’ve teamed up with my colleague, Andrew McPeak, to offer two lists you may be interested in. Andrew and I are from two different generations; I am a Baby Boomer and Andrew is a Millennial. We enjoy a great relationship, and felt we could explore the lies each generation tells themselves about the other—and often, don’t even realize

Today, I’m thrilled to share a conversation with a good friend, Curt Beavers. Curt is not only a successful business owner but also an entrepreneur. Here are some highlights from our conversation about Millennials entering the workforce and their entrepreneurial mindset. https://growingleaders.com/podcast/Resources/Curt_Beavers_Podcast.mp3 Tim Elmore: There seems to be a paradox among this emerging generation of young adults and new professionals. Very often,

One of the most significant discoveries researchers have made on both Millennials and Generation Z (kids growing up since the dawn of the 21st century) is that they have been conditioned to fear failure. Some kids are so paralyzed by the thought of failing, they’ll do anything to avoid it: Quit the team. Cheat on a test. Lie about their results. Never try in

I just spoke with some chapter advisors for two fraternities. Both were fellow alum and remembered the “good ol’ days,” when Greek Houses were in full swing. Interestingly, both of these men were baffled over a pattern in today’s student members. They noticed current students merely wanted to repeat what’s been done in the past. The students’ goal was to keep

Today, I want to share with you a conversation I had with Andrew McPeak, our newest team member at Growing Leaders. Andrew is our new Research & Content Developer and a member of our Creative Writing Team. Along with being a millennial himself, Andrew’s experiences with several nonprofits have led him to become well-versed in communicating to and about Millennials.

Follow @TimElmore (The following post contains graphic language describing crude teen behavior.) I’ve been writing about Generation Z for some time now. They are the newest population of students measured today. And they are a different breed. Fifteen years ago, we began to hear about the Millennials. They were graduating high school and showing passion to change the world. They were engaging with

Follow @TimElmore Several times a year, I try to reiterate a fundamental truth that we adults (parents, teachers, coaches, employers and youth workers) must pass on to our offspring and students. Among others, I’ve written on current news stories such as: A 22-year-old student who blew through the $90,000 her grandparents gave her for college on clothes and a trip to Europe. She

Follow @TimElmore You’ve probably read or heard the story that’s been circulating around the Internet this week. It surfaced on a national radio show called “The Bert Show.” It’s the story of Kim, a 22-year-old college student who blew through a $90,000 college fund set up by her grandparents—and now has no cash in the bank, with another year of school

Follow @TimElmore Have you heard of “Hikikomori”? It’s a phenomenon that we first read about in Japan, but it has spread to other cultures such as Spain, France, Italy, and Latin America. It’s a trend describing socially withdrawn youth. And the trend is spreading. According to the University of Michigan, “They are modern day hermits—hundreds of thousands of young people who have

Follow @TimElmore You remember first reading about the Millennial Generation, don’t you? These were the new kids fifteen years ago who all wanted to start non-profits, dedicate their lives to helping other people, and change the world before ever buying a home. And, they would not “settle” for those materialistic priorities mom and dad pursued. A new poll, however — sponsored by

Follow @TimElmore Get ready. Over the next few years, we’ll be hearing more and more about the “next” generation of kids emerging into young adulthood. They’re the kids following Generation Y, often called Generation Z. According to studies that classify Generation Z as students born since 2001, they are a smaller population who grew up with different realities than the Millennials.

Follow @TimElmore As I travel, I meet leaders who consistently ask about hiring and firing staff. How do we find good members and how do we cultivate their talent? How do we find young staff members who possess a strong work ethic and great attitudes? Great questions. Whether you’re student affairs staff or an HR executive in business, we all face

Follow @TimElmore I recently spoke to a hitting coach for a professional baseball team. He told me how he’d tried to help a 19-year-old minor leaguer change his swing. After trying his suggestion three times, the player tossed down the bat saying, “It doesn’t work.” The hitting coach replied, “But you gave it just three swings.” “I know, and it doesn’t work,” retorted