An identity crisis is defined as a period of uncertainty or confusion in a person’s life and can occur when a person’s sense of identity comes into question. These crises can happen in both the young and the old and the symptoms can include questioning your character, anxiety, unrest, altering your values and inclinations, and difficulty answering questions about yourself.

As leaders, we must demonstrate our compassion by walking alongside the young adults in our lives as they face consequences that may come from their actions, showing them our care and belief along the way. In this episode, Tim and Andrew review the case of Zion Brown and how the actions of the adults in his life demonstrate what it

Over the past few years, our department managers have hired people who are young, and we learned some valuable lessons along the way. Some of them were wrong hires. They weren’t bad people, just not a fit for our organization. Others were a good fit, but leaders had to learn how to effectively communicate with them. Conversely, I often hear

Our 21st-century civilization conditions us to “hack” our way through life; to get behind the system and find shortcuts to make it work for us, faster and easier. In one sense, it feels like we’re beating the system, a system that always seems against us. Looking for shortcuts is a natural and positive behavior for educated people—except for one thing.

A teen is programmed to break away from their parents. This is natural and healthy, but that doesn’t make it any easier for a parent or teacher. We want to rescue. We are nurturers. We want them to be comfortable, safe, and happy. In this episode, Tim and Andrew give advice on how to stay involved in students’ lives not

Children need chores to aid in their maturation process. For years, researchers have proven that when a kid connects the dots that each person in a family plays a responsible role in ensuring the group succeeds, it has several benefits. In this episode, Tim and Andrew discuss the benefits that having tasks and chores can have in a classroom at

Our shifting society has sparked tension between generations at work. Our problem is we’ve failed to recognize the value each generation brings to the team. We assumed that if one generation possesses valued expertise, the other cannot. The fact is each generation brings strengths to a team and they’re different than the others. Our job is to capitalize on each

Our brains develop a little like wet cement. Our neural pathways are very pliable in our first twenty years and begin to solidify afterward. It isn’t that people can’t change as adults, it’s just that change is more difficult as we age. Our world needs innovation, and at my age, most of that will come from the emerging generation, not

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. Good news: We now have an event that covers this topic for school campuses,

As “Help Wanted” signs on the windows of many establishments today have become more prevalent, it is important to consider the qualities young job seekers should learn when entering the job market. Too often, young adults don’t take entry-level positions because they feel those jobs are beneath them. In this episode, Tim and Andrew reflect on the early experiences that

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When kids are younger, parents often play the role of supervisor. They are right there on top of the issues. And they should be—young children need the support of their parents. As they age, parents must move to the role of consultants. Parents should still be involved and still be supportive but must allow kids to grow up and self-regulate.

The generational diversity we feel in our lives is not going away anytime soon. Because people are living and working longer, we will experience multiple generations on teams we may be a part of. To wish for a homogenous group of people to work with is wishing for a past that is long gone. In this episode, Tim and Andrew

It is difficult to live a meaningful life without clear goals. Goals give us purpose. They give us energy. They give us motivation. In this episode, Tim and Andrew highlight one of our habitudes called “The Foggy Day Effect” and give real-world action steps on how we can set and stick to the goals we want to achieve in life. Access

On Tuesday, May 31st at 12 noon ET, we will be hosting a webinar to launch our new eBook, “An Early Introduction to Generation Alpha.” In this webinar, you will hear from Dr. Elmore about the first research we’ve gathered on Generation Alpha -- the students born since 2016. After attending this webinar, you will receive a free copy of

The American population seems polarized into at least two major camps, and several sub-camps regarding politics, vaccinations, masks, and other issues. The pandemic has stolen nearly a million lives in the United States. The economy has felt like a yo-yo, spiking and then plummeting. When Generation Z observes how out-of-control everything feels, you can’t blame them for feeling melancholy. In

When adolescents have nothing meaningful to do, they’ll create their own meaning. This can be good news or bad news, depending on what they come up with. For too long, parents, teachers, and coaches have only offered facsimiles of real-world experiences to teens. We’ve been afraid our kids will get hurt, be unsafe, be unready, and fail; and consequently, sheltered

When someone establishes their boundaries, it is a trump card. What can anyone say to a person who declares they need to guard their time and mental health? Today, we all believe in boundaries. When we don’t establish boundaries, we often sacrifice something that boundaries often protect. Both sacrifice and boundaries are essential but too much sacrifice often leads to

One of the saddest realities that surfaced from the COVID-19 pandemic was the loss of hope on the part of students. During this time of uncertainty, students are finding unhealthy and dangerous ways to cope. In this episode, Tim and Andrew explore the distinct relationship between resourcefulness and resiliency and present four messages students need to hear from their teachers

This past year, the theme of leadership was subtle but definitely present in many of the movies released in theaters and on streaming services. In this episode, Tim and Andrew offer you a list of the top leadership movies of 2021 and how we can all learn from them. Some are dramas, some are comedies, some are thrillers, and some

We live in a culture with so many options, so much going on every moment of the day, that we get distracted. Our smartphones cause FOMO (the fear of missing out). Social media causes FOMU (the fear of messing up). We endure self-imposed pressures to get so much done each day that we feel compelled to multitask. Technology has made

Despite the turmoil, disruption, volatility, and uncertainty, why do we see young adults becoming more, not less, audacious? In a time when we’d assume they might cower in fear of the unknown, they are speaking up, quitting jobs, and bucking well-known traditions. In this episode, Tim and Andrew explore why younger people are choosing control over caution in the new

Millions of teens and young adults in Generation Z have been given the expectation that life should be pleasant, rewarding, and even fun each day. And when it is not, someone should swoop in and make it better. In this episode, Tim and Andrew discuss ways that we can help children combat Cinderella Syndrome and prepare for the real world

What if instead of barring our students from engaging in social platforms, we were instead building in them the skills they need to make those decisions themselves? In the case of both competencies, the answer begins with a conversation. In this episode, Tim and Andrew explore what it looks like to build skills that will help students make better decisions

Anxiety has been normalized thanks to social media and the pandemic. Both children and adults can let stress get them down. But there is a difference between stress and pressure. In this episode, Tim and Andrew explore these differences and offer insight into why pressure can help others perform at their best.

Our character is simply made up of the habits and attitudes we possess daily. Especially in the aftermath of a pandemic, where a new normal has been established, its wise to lay tracks that enable us to stay on course in our lives. In this episode, Tim and Andrew discuss the measures they take to prepare for the upcoming year

Millions of teenagers, mostly girls, have spiraled into symptoms of depression and despair after spending time on social media platforms, such as Instagram. The data seems to indicate the connection between depression and Instagram is not just a coincidence. In this episode, Tim and Andrew explore the affects of social media on teens and give advice on how teachers can

Consider this reality. What the computer was for the Millennial Generation, social media is for Generation Z. We all recognize that social media isn’t going away. Most of us don’t want it to. Over nine in ten adults surveyed acknowledge they are on it themselves. What we may not recognize, however, are the moral implications it has on our young.

Students’ vocabulary has decreased from the 1950s to today. In over 40 years of the survey, a pattern emerged: Correct scores rose from the generations born around 1900 to the generations born around 1950 and then dropped afterward. So, although we are more educated than ever, our use of language may be smaller. In this episode we discuss how to

Ultimately, leaders are helped when they have some level of magnetism. Inspiring and motivating people in an organization is a bonus aspect of leadership. Too much of it, however, can be detrimental. Learn this week what makes or breaks students stepping up and leading well. Resources: The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership Contact: [email protected] Social Media: @GrowingLeaders, @TimElmore & @AndrewMcPeak

Have we made our classrooms similar to an instant cake mix? Do we believe that teaching students is as simple as following a checklist? Find out in this week's episode what we believe teachers can do to increase student engagement this fall. Brian Regan YouTube clip: Resources: Habitudes for Social & Emotional Learning Contact: [email protected] Social Media: @GrowingLeaders, @TimElmore & @AndrewMcPeak

This is the second of three episodes focusing on Tim Elmore's newest book, The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership, releasing on Nov. 2nd, 2021. To pre-order the book and gain access to the mini-course visit: To take the leadership quiz now visit: Resources: The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership Pre-Order + Bonus Contact: [email protected] Social Media: @GrowingLeaders, @TimElmore & @AndrewMcPeak  

According to a nationwide study, 82% of Generation Z members report experiencing at least one traumatic event in their lives. For many teens, it was something that happened during the early years of their lives, but for even more, it was the pandemic. Add to that the societal pressure to have it all together and it can be overwhelming. In

The postponed Olympics Games held in Tokyo are now history. As always, there were highs and lows for competing athletes, but we'd like to focus on some insights we gain as we watched this year’s young athletes perform. In this episode, Tim Elmore and Andrew McPeak discuss four lessons on leading young people from the Tokyo Olympics. Resources: Habitudes for Social

Want to make a great comeback from the setback of COVID-19? Every school would benefit from instilling a philosophy into our students where everyone responds to the hour we find ourselves in by knowing, growing, and sowing what’s inside of them for the sake of others. In this episode, Tim Elmore and Andrew McPeak discuss how to effectively lead your

What happens when the heartfelt ambitions of parenthood meet the ubiquitous opportunities of social media? "Sharenting" happens any time an adult in charge of a child’s well-being, such as a parent or a teacher, transmits private details about a child via digital channels. The problem, of course, is that even though we may be the parent or guardian, kids are

Adults everywhere offer “programs” to students, but what students really want and need are deep and trusting relationships. Generation Z has been programmed to death. They have sports programs thrown at them, they have YouTube and Amazon programs targeted at them and they have TV programs to watch. What they don’t experience is rich relationships and community. They often don’t