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The Connection Between Happiness and Self Control

By Tim Elmore

Research has just been released that confirms what so many parents, teachers, coaches and youth workers have been saying to kids for years now. According to TIME journalist Maia Szalavitz, in an article entitled “Self-Disciplined People are Happier (and Not as Deprived as You Think),” there is a direct link …

Podcast #23: The Who & the What of Leadership with Tim Spiker

By Tim Elmore

Recently I had the great privilege to discuss with Tim Spiker, who has served as a key note speaker, author, leadership coach, small group facilitator, researcher (both qualitative and quantitative), and in-house leader development manager. Here are a few notes from our discussion.

How Generation Z Differs from Generation Y

By Tim Elmore

The numbers are just coming in from studies of younger teens, who are part of Generation Z (also known as “Homelanders”, these kids follow Generation Y). They are part of a population who grew up post-911, where terrorism is part of the landscape, a sour economy is all they remember, and uncertainty defines our mindsets.

Why Talented Kids Become Troubled Adults

By Tim Elmore

Why do some smart, intelligent kids grow up to be apathetic, dull adults? Why do we hear of college football stars fumbling in life when they go pro? It is heartbreaking to see this happen especially to students and young adults we know personally. The next thoughts that follow are: Why did this happen and what caused them to stumble?

The Secret That Increases Effort 40%

By Tim Elmore

Every coach or teacher knows there’s no moment more important than the one when feedback is delivered. Do it well, and the learner makes progress. Do it poorly, and the opposite happens. We assume the secret to effective feedback is the quality of the information we share: Do this, or don’t do that, and you’ll be better. But this may not be the case …

Messages We Must Send Millennials About Life After College

By Tim Elmore

I believe we owe these great kids a set of honest messages about life, perhaps messages we needed at their age that were never shared with us. They don’t need to be negative or depressing, just filled with realistic information that enables them to prepare for a different life than what they’ve experienced so far in their first two decades. Here are some important …

Curing a Critical Spirit in Students

By Tim Elmore

I recently met with an informal focus group of educators from colleges and universities in the Midwest. My sole purpose for the conversation was to get a read on how the school year went, as well as what they had learned as educators. One common theme emerged from our discussion: incoming criticism Every one of these deans, provosts, directors, faculty  …

4 Sure-Fire Ways Students Transform Into Leaders

By Tim Elmore

During the 2012-2013 school year, we assessed 8,500 students who attend 29 public high schools. We discovered several realities, including their low view of morality, their assumptions about leadership, and how much their aspirations and goals played a role in graduation rate and their life after high school. One discovery I made after a year of examining …

A Counter-Intuitive Habit Great Leaders Practice

By Tim Elmore

Have you looked around you lately? Our world is full of fear, guilt and anguish. Headlines tell us daily how awful things are, hoping to gain more readers or viewers. This model causes moms and dads to parent out of fear. It causes teachers to motivate out of guilt. And it causes leaders to manipulate team members, using …

From GPS Learners to Compass-Guided Leaders

By Tim Elmore

Recently I asked a small group of first-year college students in my introductory leadership class, “What did your high school leaders do that really prepared you for college?” Their responses were positive but technical; for example, providing helpful checklists for graduation and college admissions, or encouraging them to go …

How to Harness a Young Leader

By Tim Elmore

Young adults today have grown up in a culture where they receive data on-line 24/7, can tweet their every thought or emotion and have options coming from all directions. They are a little like a wild stallion. Lots of energy, but often going in many directions. They often receive no wise counsel from others.

What Will Draw the Next Generation to Christ?

By Patrick Morley

There is a lot of discussion today about what will draw Millennials to Christ. And let’s not forget that many Gen X, Y, Busters, and Boomers still need Jesus too. What will draw them to Christ? Do you remember what most drew, and still draws, you to Jesus? Was it God’s anger toward your sin or His inexplicable love?

Meet Generation Limbo

By Tim Elmore

Faced with dark prospects, many young adults aren’t leaving home until their 30s. (The number of Americans aged 25-34 living with their parents jumped 25% during this recession.) Last month, The New York Times called these youth, “Generation Limbo.”

6 Ways to Gain Respect

By John C. Maxwell

“When people respect you as a person, they admire you. When they respect you as a friend, they love you. When they respect you as a leader, they follow you.” Each of us desires respect. And as leaders, each of us wants to be followed.

Leadership That Works with Generation iY

By Tim Elmore

What kind of leader attracts young people today? It wasn’t about tenure or titles, power or positions—but about influencing through service. Stop for a moment and contrast this style with the popular, power-trip leadership in so many corporations today.

His Gift Made Room For Him

By John C. Maxwell

The writer in the Bible’s book of Proverbs wrote, “A man’s gift makes room for him.” Nelson Mandela had no room in his cell, but his gift could not be contained. In time, his gift made room for him to lead and bless his country.

The Man in Room 3330

By Patrick Morley

Word had spread throughout the hospital about Ken, the upbeat 80 year old man in room 3330. His buoyant, cheerful attitude was infectious among the hospital staff. A doctor questions Ken how and receives his answer.