Tim Elmore interviews President and COO of Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Dave Katz. Tim and Dave talk about the components of a healthy life-giving culture, the importance of core values and how to best apply these in your own work environments. Dave Katz is one of the featured speakers for our 2019 RoundTable for Principals in Atlanta, Ga June 20-21. For

Tim Elmore interviews Ginger Hardage, the former Senior Vice President of Culture and Communications at Southwest Airlines who has now launched Unstoppable Cultures, a brand designed to help organizations create and sustain cultures of enduring greatness. On this episode, Ginger shares the core values of Southwest Airlines, stories of her culture experience and practical ways to cultivate a healthy culture

Do you know the slang terms of this generation? Parents, teachers, coaches, and employers usually don’t need to worry about the new slang terms that students invent and use. It's something that comes with every generation of kids. However, there's one caveat.  Some terms can have harmful or double meaning that adults should be aware of. So, what do we

The revolts and protests we’re hearing about every day in the news have a few ingredients in common. Have you noticed them? - They are led by a swelling population of young adults. - They occur when youth have too much time on their hands. - They happen when established leaders don’t know how to lead them. “Young people without jobs, young people who

All week, I’ve been blogging about what Generation Y is thinking. Today, I want to wrestle with a paradoxical reality they face every week: their obsession with both authenticity and appearance. Stop and think for a moment. Few would argue that teens today value authenticity. They want to “keep it real.” They love genuine, earthy stories, food, language and entertainment. (Note

This week, I’m blogging about what Generation Y is thinking. While no generation wants to be profiled or put in a box, this student generation thinks so much alike when it comes to social issues. You can tell they’re a connected generation, from California to Singapore. Today—I want to talk about a paradoxical reality among Gen Y. While they continue to

The rest of this week, I plan to blog about what’s on the mind of young adults today, the ones from Generation Y (born 1984-2002). In addition to our research with college students, Pew Research and Barna Reports have given us the latest read on this emerging generation and their affect on our culture. If you’re a parent, teacher, coach

I had an interesting hour at Starbucks the other week with my friend, Derwood Snead. In the midst of our conversation, I had an epiphany. When we stop and think about the events that have shaped our world today -- we see defining moments took place at least once a decade. Consider the following: 1979 – Step one. Iran was in the

I spent my entire day yesterday with two of our team members at Growing Leaders in Surprise, Arizona. Jeremy Slayden, Holly Moore and I were back at spring training with the Kansas City Royals, for the third season. They are taking their minor league players through the third round of “Habitudes For Athletes.” Dayton Moore, the General Manager of the Royals,

Finally, we receive some good news about the U.S. economy. In 2009, U.S. credit card spending dropped to its lowest in 30 years. In addition, the number of individuals in America who are saving money rose to its highest level in 15 years. We finally listened to financial counselors who’ve told us for years we need to stop using so

It sounds cliché, but I can’t believe we’ve already finished the first decade of the 21st century. Do you remember how it all began? It was something called Y2K. We feared losing everything as the clock struck midnight entering the first day of 2000. Millions suspected that computers would shut down and all power would be suspended. Needless to say, it

Just got off a plane in California for the holidays. During the flight, I watched a movie I had wanted to see for months. It was called: Post Graduate. It’s about a recent college graduate who’s navigating her way through the early months following her graduation into the real world. It’s a dilemma so many young adults are facing right

Whew! Just returned from a whirlwind week in Singapore. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to this beautiful nation—but it is unforgettable. Clean, colorful, manicured…and full of young leaders. The population is made up of mostly Chinese and Malaysian descent, with a million ex-patriots living among them. These people are hospitable and respectful and mix well with Western culture.

I rarely write about government and politics because it is such a divisive subject. Today, however, I am going out on a limb. I'm writing about political leadership. You should know, my goal is not to side with democrats or republicans. It is to comment on the leadership of our elected government officials. After watching the news today, I'm convinced the

It seems everywhere I go, I run into parents who ask how my wife and I pulled off the “Rite of Passage” for our son and daughter, when they turned thirteen years old. As you know, in many cultures worldwide, adolescents experience a ceremony when they turn twelve or thirteen years old. It is a sort of passage from childhood to

What a difference five years makes. When social scientists began assessing Generation Y (The Millennials born between 1984-2002), their prospects were bright. We began reading about them a decade ago, when authors Howe and Strauss touted their confident attitudes, self-esteem and optimism. Jobs were readily available as commerce was still booming for the most part. Today—not so much. Our nation is in

I am asking a question more and more these days. I wonder if American’s have overlooked a counter-intuitive idea as we educate our kids. Generally, speaking, we believe that “more” is better. We believe that faster is better. We believe that sooner is better. We want to provide more for our children and we want to do it right away.

One of my favorite “Habitudes” is found in Book One of our series. It is called “Drivers and Passengers.” It’s simply a fresh way to communicate a growing issue in our culture today. Consider this. People get into a car with different perspectives, based on whether they are driving the car, or merely a passenger on the trip. If you are

I love working with students. I believe in this next generation of kids--the ones born between 1984 and 2002. Whatever you choose to call them, Millennials, Generation Y, the Digital Generation, their sheer size and demographic are destined to transform our culture, as they become adults. Social scientists believe they will be the largest generation in American history, somewhere between

It's hard to believe Michael Jackson is gone. It's all we heard about this week. His songs are played on the radio, his biography is told on news programs and he's being emulated in karaoke bars around the world. I grew up with Michael Jackson. That is to say--I didn't know him but we are about the same age. I was

I can't believe it. I just did something that two years ago I said I would never do. I twittered. Yep. I got my son, Jonathan, to help me set up an account and I twittered. Believe it or not, the first twitter I replied to, at his request, was actor Hugh Jackman. He was having a little contest and

I've been thinking lately.  The more I travel and teach students, the more I can see that the way males learn is just different than females. Now, don't get me wrong. Both genders are growing up today in a new day, impacted by iTunes, iPhones, iMovies, iChat, iPods, etc. All young people seem to be permanently connected to each no matter