By Tim Elmore     A college dean recently acknowledged to me an obvious truth. He said, “The older I get, the more different students become.”   He said this, tongue firmly planted in cheek, but I knew exactly what he meant. The generation gap, a term first coined by magazine editor John Poppy back in the 1960s, is more real today than ever. This

By: Tim Elmore Ten Ideas to Keep Your Best Generation Z Talent Tim Elmore / GrowingLeaders.com / TimElmore.com    “Eighteen months,” declared my friend over lunch last week. “That’s about how long my young team members stay on the job. Some only last 90 days. I don’t know how to keep them.” Indeed, my friend’s experience is not isolated. Gallup released a report in 2016

By: Tim Emlore How to Capitalize on the Younger Generations on Your Team Tim Elmore   Everyone has witnessed the culture wars. People in our society seem polarized over values and social issues. While I believe those battles are real, there’s a deeper issue at play that we have ignored. You might call it, “generational wars.” It’s happening every day in our workplaces. For years,

By: Tim Elmore     How One Mom Kept Her Teen Off Social Media for Six Years If you watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix, you know firsthand the challenges of social media platforms today. The documentary allows viewers to hear tech experts sound the alarm on the dangerous impact of social networking which Silicon Valley tech companies manipulate and influence. The film explains

By: Tim Elmore A mother approached me recently after I spoke at a parents’ conference. She told me how much she cared for her 13-year-old son, yet many of his teachers referred to her, not as a “helicopter parent,” but as an “Apache Helicopter.” When she acknowledged how intrusive she was in her son’s life, I had to agree. She admitted to

By: Tim Elmore I lived in southern California for many years. Every year, it seemed we heard about another fire that broke out. The dry, warm weather coupled with a careless mistake can be deadly. Wildfires have been rampant, destroying miles of property as they spread. During the summer and fall of 2018, California experienced the deadliest wildfire season in its history. A

By: Tim Elmore An incredible discovery was just made beneath the ocean’s surface. Underwater drones were used to discover Ernest Shackleton’s famous ship, Endurance, the one that set out to reach the South Pole and establish a base on Antarctica’s Weddell Sea coast 100 years ago.   Both the century-old voyage and the discovery are wonders of technology.  Breaking Down the Story Most of us have

By: Tim Elmore Did you hear what just happened? Last week, Girl Scouts of the USA posthumously awarded ten-year-old Amerie Jo Garza of Uvalde, Texas, one of the highest honors bestowed in Girl Scouting: the “Bronze Cross.” Notice—the honor was given to Amerie Jo after she died.   The Bronze Cross is awarded for saving or attempting to save a life at the risk

By: Tim Elmore I just made a discovery. For the first time in my life, I realized I know people who are from seven sociological generations.  My aunt and uncle are from the Senior generation (1902-1928). My mother and father-in-law are from the Builders generation (1929-1945). My wife and I are both from the baby boomer generation (1946-1964). My teammates Shawn and

By: Tim Elmore Even if you’re not a big Kentucky Derby fan, you’ve probably heard what just happened in the last race at Churchill Downs. To say the winner was a long shot is an understatement. A horse named Rich Strike won the derby, a race in which he did not even belong. It all took place on May 8th (less than

By: Tim Elmore   It’s been over 50 years since the term generation gap was first coined by Life magazine editor John Poppy. During the 1960s, he noticed a gap between the young baby boomers and their parent’s generation, the Builders. Those boomers used new language the adults did not recognize. I am one of those baby boomers and, believe it or not,

By: Tim Elmore       As I spot “Help Wanted” signs on the windows of many establishments today, I often consider the qualities young job seekers should learn. Too often, young adults don’t take entry-level positions because they feel those jobs are beneath them. I recently reflected on the early experiences I had in my career that taught me lessons I may not have

By: Tim Elmore   “My students enter the classroom as if they’re customers. They expect me to serve them curriculum, make it fun, and work hard to ensure they make good grades. It’s like they’re consumers,” bemoaned one teacher I met in Missouri.   Then, she had an epiphany.   “I guess they are consumers in one sense,” she concluded. “They digest a subject each day for

By: Tim Elmore   Last month, a Chicago Metra train conductor was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight. Not long after, photos of the robbery suspect were released, and that’s when the armed thief was apprehended. Even though he was wearing a mask, it all happened so quickly.    You’ll never guess how the thief was captured so fast.   When the security camera’s photos were published,

By: Tim Elmore     Brianna Rivera is an articulate high school student who wrapped her arms around a challenge that teens face today. Finding herself thrust back into society after quarantine, she said, “That’s a lot for me, after having been in isolation for 18 months. You want to get back into the swing of things, but there’s something kind of holding you

By:  Andrew McPeak         A few months ago, I downloaded TikTok. Within minutes, I understood what all the fuss was about. I was laughing. I was surprised. I was angered. I was awed. Not only did I experience a wide range of emotions, but I also noticed that each emotional experience was short, beckoning me to keep swiping to the next video. “After

Generation Z, the youngest population social scientists are studying today, was born about the same time as Reality TV. You might remember the precursor to popular reality television was a 1998 Jim Carrey movie called, “The Truman Show.” It was a film about an unsuspecting man living in an average U.S. town whose entire life was monitored by television viewers,

By: Tim Elmore Anyone who cares about young people should see the data just revealed on Instagram and its parent company Facebook. Millions of teenagers, mostly girls, have spiraled into symptoms of depression and despair after spending time on these platforms. The data seems to indicate the connection between depression and Instagram is not just a coincidence. One teen, Anastasia Vlasova,

Today, we hear from Andrew McPeak. Andrew is a next gen researcher, speaker, and author for Growing Leaders.  I met two students recently who painted a perfect picture of the struggle that we all face . . . when trying to make leaders out of the next generation. I was speaking to a group of students at a school in Georgia. They actually came to

Today—I share a simple wish with you. I hope you’ve experienced a fruitful year and are now able to experience a restful holiday season. I have loved posting blogs for you in 2016 and receiving your comments along the way. So many of you who read them share my heart to equip students for life and leadership. You care about them. You

I am sure you’ve reflected on the tragic shootings that took place at an ordinary cinema in Aurora, Colorado last week. I used to live in Aurora, not ten minutes from that theatre. It’s a little freaky to think about it. There are probably dozens of lessons to be learned from this homicide, but I’d like to focus on just one. 

I am finishing a new book that will be released next June. Would you like to be in it? I am looking for great ideas from people like you who have done something that has helped prepare a young person for adulthood, for life or for leadership. Ideas could be anything like… * A rule you came up with at home * A

When I was in junior high, I ran on our track team. I specifically remember trying out for the 100 yard, low-hurdle competition. Wow. It was so much harder than the 100-yard dash. There were these barriers in the way that kept slowing me down, distracting me from getting to my goal. I eventually gave up and became a long-distance

Today we honor the memory of those who died in military service to the United States. I cannot express how grateful I am for their sacrifice. I hope you are able to spend today with friends and family. I will return to my regular blog schedule tomorrow. See you then! Tim

Inseparable (Part Nine) Nine Elements You Cannot Separate From Healthy Leadership Today is the final part in my blog series on nine ingredients that cannot be separated from quality leadership. Like eggs and bacon—they just go together. Any leader without them is incomplete or unhealthy. Since my blog posts are about leading the next generation, I’m hopeful these short articles will help

On May 11, I will be speaking at the Whiteboard Sessions in Atlanta. My friend, Jason Young, is directing this year’s event. The Whiteboard Sessions is a unique event, so I talked to Jason recently to share more about this opportunity. Here’s the interview: TIM: What made you decide to get into the conference business? JASON: Conferences have been a part of

On Saturday, I spoke at a parent event hosted by Northridge Church in Plymouth, Michigan. I experienced amazing hosts and 550 receptive parents all day long. During the day, I was asked great questions by moms and dads that I plan to blog about this week. The question below came from a woman who is both a mother and a

Last Wednesday, I posted a blog called "I Wish I Had Led My Kids Differently."  I was inspired by a blog post by Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, since we share similar views on this topic. In my excitement to share with you Jim's thoughts, I regretfully neglected to attribute the sharing of the blog post to