By Tim Elmore   The ebb and flow of our economy has been bad news for millions of families. The recession and the inflation that followed has created uncertainty. During the pandemic, I watched several extended families locally choose to consolidate their monthly rent or a mortgage payment by living with aunts and uncles, parents or grandparents, and even great-grandparents.   Emily, a neighbor,

Leading up to “Giving Tuesday” and Thanksgiving this year, we thought we’d do something different. I plan to post simple stories of leaders I know who’ve encountered generous people during their lifetime. This first is from my friend, Glen Jackson who tells of his first encounter with Truett Cathy. Our series is called: “The Art of Generosity.” I first met Truett Cathy,

Three years ago, our organization, Growing Leaders, hosted focus groups of international leaders called Global Voices Gatherings. More than 30 leaders of youth organizations and educational institutions from 10 countries (including Singapore, Great Britain, Brazil, Ethiopia, Mexico, Canada, Egypt, South Africa, Italy, and the United States) joined us in Atlanta. Over the course of three days, I was consistently surprised by

The numbers were just released. Government data shows “Teachers and other public education employees, such as community-college faculty, school psychologists and janitors, are quitting their jobs at the fastest rate on record,” reports The Wall Street Journal. Due to a tighter labor market and historically low unemployment rates, many teachers are thinking: I don’t need this. I can make more

May I tell you a great story? This year, we began working with a partner organization in the Domincan Republic, called “Global Effect.” They exist to empower local residents to bring about sustainable transformation to their communities, addressing economic, social and physical needs in those communities. A few years ago, Global Effect identified a lack of character and leadership in young

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. (The Growing Leaders Initiative is the philanthropic arm of our mission that gifts

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 sure: that schools should assess students on both “academic knowledge”

Today I'm excited to share a guest post from Dr. Ken Blanchard. Dr. Blanchard is a leadership expert, speaker, and author. His New York Times best-selling book, The One Minute Manager, has sold over 13 million copies. Dr. Ken Blanchard will also be a speaker at our National Leadership Forum this summer in Atlanta. Learn more about Dr. Blanchard and the National

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 to leadership called freedom leading and I wanted to share his insights

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, the day was filled with powerful yet personal ideas on courageous

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. Way back in 1909, Milton Hershey and his wife decided that since they couldn’t have children

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. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did. Your

You probably heard—or experienced—the horrific weather that hit the eastern states over the last two days. My hometown, Atlanta, was especially hard hit. People spent the night in their cars, as they couldn’t get off the icy roads; children spent the night in their schools because buses couldn’t get to them to take them home. One woman even gave birth

For centuries, this holiday season—may I use the word Christmas—has been about generous giving. It is during this season we hear stories that warm our hearts. They restore our faith in people. I live in the greater Atlanta area. There has been a phenomenon taking place in the metro area that has grown into a full-fledged news story on the radio.

Jack Andraka is a typical high school student in many ways. He enjoys mountain biking and white water rafting; he likes watching "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" on TV. He also, however, likes science. And it's a good thing. At 15 years old, Jack created a new diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer that is 28 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive and over

The following is a guest blog, from Joe Ninowski, a current intern at Growing Leaders. Joe shares about his transition from backpack to briefcase. (He has been so teachable and productive—we offered him a full-time position in January). Enjoy. The last thing I expected to do after graduating college was accept an internship. Having spent the past four years balancing classes and

Happy Thanksgiving! Just a note to those who stay in touch with me, and our team at Growing Leaders. We believe one of the highest virtues we can impart to the next generation is an attitude of gratitude. To be thankful is vital because gratitude always brings with it: Perspective (as we see others have played a role in our lives) Hope (as we

I just read a story about a young student who decided to stop complaining about problems and start solving them. It all began when 11-year old Peyton Robertson watched Superstorm Sandy wreak havoc across the U.S. coastline. He was intrigued at how the sandbags weren’t efficient to stop the flooding. The sand couldn’t stop the water from penetrating. So what

As the NFL is figuring out how to deal with the issue of bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room, a middle school football team in Michigan has a more profound understanding of the game that professionals may never reach. The Eagles football team, from Olivet Middle School in Olivet, Michigan, decided to run a play and deliberately not score, all

If you’re like me, you enjoyed the conversations and the film shown yesterday as America celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs. I was young, but I actually remember that day—watching our black and white TV, seeing this eloquent African-American preacher speak to over 200,000 people on the Washington Mall in our nation’s capitol. As I