Do Your Students Struggle With Hikikomori?

Have you heard of “Hikikomori”? It’s a phenomenon that we first read about in Japan.

Seven Shifts as Generation Y Becomes Generation Z

As we work with students, we’ve discovered these young teens are showing signs of a “morph,” shifting away from old realities and into new ones. Here’s what we’ve found*:

The Key Role of Intuition in Students’ Decisions

I just had a difficult conversation with my son Jonathan. He is an intelligent 23 year old who loves to serve people. Our discussion was hard because it concerned the mismatch with his recent summer job waiting tables at a high-end restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. Even though it involved serving people...

The Case for Margins in a Student’s Life

I’ve noticed a subtle pattern in college and high school students. I wonder if you’ve seen it too. Over the past year, I’ve marveled at what kids find humorous.

7 Ways Great Leaders Climb “Out of the Box”

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “think outside the box.” It’s become a cliché among Americans today. We must remember, however, that clichés can be true, even if they’re overused. In this case, “think outside the box” contains a timeless truth that leaders must understand if they wish to remain effective in their organizations.

Be Careful of the Ironies in Your Life

History is full of irony. Consider some of the more famous statements leader’s have made and how’s it’s come back to haunt them later...

The Battle For Our Youth

I was stopped dead in my tracks one morning after reading an interview Steve Jobs

The Two Greatest Motivators for Students

In a world that’s saturated with stimulants—video, music, chemicals, images, social media, meds, and digital content—it’s increasingly difficult to motivate or inspire students.

The Root Cause of Stress in Kids

Know why so many kids are stressed out and “failing to launch” into adulthood?

Nomophobia: A Rising Trend in Students

Among today’s high school and college students, it’s on the rise: an increasing number of college students now shower with their cell phone.

5 Ways to Cure the “Cool Kid” Curse

At 13, they were viewed by classmates with envy and admiration. Ten years later, the early signs of maturation and the advanced “cool factor” backfires. And you don’t need fame for it to backfire. You knew them as your classmates, and they were so not you. By young adulthood, they implode. So…what’s happening to these kids?

A New Parental Report Card

I had just finished speaking to parents at a PTSA event held at a public high school. As I conversed with many engaged parents afterward, one looming emotion filled their questions...

Curing a Critical Spirit in Students

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.

Avatar Parents and Their Kid Athletes

I know. This title sounds just plain strange. But it’s a perfect name for what’s happening across our country—and a syndrome we must address if student athletes today are going to become healthy adults.

Building Relationship Skills in a Texting Generation

Over the last several months, I have spoken to more parents, teachers and coaches than I have students. It seems adults are still trying to figure out this digital generation of kids. Imagine that. The question below came from a woman who is both a mother and a teacher:

Stuff I Wish Kids Knew Today

6 Life Lessons I Wish Kids Knew

The Inverse Relationship Between Technology and Soft Skills

I’m hearing stories from students these days that I would never have predicted 15 years ago.

The Currency of Generation iY

The currency of our day has shifted, over the last 10 years.

Why Empathy is Declining Among Students and What We Can Do

As we keep our ear to the ground, we continue to hear reports that emotional intelligence—and specifically empathy—is spiraling downward among kids.

How Stress Affects Brain Development in Students

There are three kinds of stress that kids experience.

Homelanders: The Next Generation

What can we expect from the Homelanders, the new generation of kids born after the Millennial Generation or Generation Y?

Is Everyone a Leader?

The answer of course is yes and no (how’s that for a politically correct answer?). It all depends on how you define the word “leader.”

A Crash Course in Understanding Generation Y

One minute you think you’ve figure out this new generation of kids and the next, you feel you’re on a learning curve again.

Students are Overwhelmed but Under-Challenged

They’re busier than ever, but not with meaningful activities that prepare them for life.

The Key to Connecting with Millennials

Positivity with authenticity

What Meaningful Work Does to Youth, Part 2

Youth today are growing up in a SCENE that adults created.

What Meaningful Work Does to Youth (Part 1)

Youth today have grown up in a SCENE that adults have created.

The Role of Risk in a Teen’s Life

Normal risk taking at 14 or 15 would have prepared them for life decisions.

When Praising Our Students Backfires

A growing body of research is showing us today this practice is backfiring.