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Tim Elmore
Tim Elmore is an international speaker and best-selling author of more than 25 books, including Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future, Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenges of Becoming Authentic Adults, the Habitudes® series, and 12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid. He is founder and president of Growing Leaders, an organization equipping today's young people to become the leaders of tomorrow. Sign up to receive Tim's blog and get more information on Growing Leaders at and @GrowingLeaders @TimElmore.

Entries by Tim Elmore

Raising Today's Kids and the Elephant in the Room

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 2:17 PM

I just finished speaking at a school, where I did an event for students, faculty, parents and community leaders. It was refreshing to talk to such engaging audiences, both adults and kids. After my parent workshop, one mom approached me with a comment that stopped me in my tracks. She...

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Students and the Right to Cheat

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:43 PM

Yes, you're reading this headline correctly. There is a new and robust sense of entitlement among the emerging generation globally. Several college students from around the world are protesting those who accuse them of wrongdoing when they cheat -- explaining that it is their human right.

Throughout history, university students...

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Seven Ways to Climb Out of Your Box

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 2:49 PM

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...

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What to Do About a Stressed-Out Teen

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 11:28 AM

A new report was just released, unveiling a study of adolescents and stress. It's eye-opening. I realize I've written on this topic already, but I continue to be stunned by the number of high school and college students I meet who are paralyzed by stress. I asked myself,...

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Why You Should Always Play Like the Underdog

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 1:23 PM

This time of year always brings surprises. I'm not speaking of the trees changing color or the crisp weather sneaking up on us in October; I'm talking about great teams getting upset. In both professional and college sports, we see upsets on a regular basis. Defined simply, an upset occurs...

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Four Ideas to Help Colleges Become Relevant Again

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 4:52 PM

I am constantly asking the question: How can we help those in education really equip students for life? It's actually the broader question of a yearlong exercise at Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the

May I remind you of our current...

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The Secret to Remembering Critical Information

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 2:33 PM

When I was a freshman in college, I remember taking a Jerry Lucas course on memory. It was designed to increase one's ability to remember--and I ended up memorizing an entire book that year. The Lucas system is all about association: connecting funny pictures to ideas so that they stick...

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The Two Greatest Motivators for Students

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 10:17 AM

I recently had lunch with my friend Lara Juras, who serves as Vice President of Human Resources for the Atlanta Braves. In our conversation, Lara reminded me of a great truth she keeps in mind as she practices the art of motivating people.

She's learned to keep in mind the...

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Parenting Fail: The Root Cause of So Many Distressed Kids

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 2:12 PM

Know why so many kids are stressed out and failing to "launch" into adulthood? It's the unrealistic expectations and mental health of their parents. I'm not kidding.

Now before you react, let me show you the results from a recent study.

Carrie Wendel-Hummell, a researcher at the University of Kansas,...

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Curing Students of Nomophobia

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 3:36 PM

Do you know this word? Nomophobia is a term describing a growing fear in today's world -- the fear of being without a mobile device, or beyond mobile phone contact. Among today's high school and college students, it's on the rise:

  • An increasing number of college students now shower with...
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The Secret to Building Empathy in College Students

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 7:07 PM

If you have your ear to the ground at all these days, you've heard of the significance of stories among students. Narrative has replaced so many forms of argument and persuasion. I wonder, however, if you've ever discovered why? Further, have you read how telling stories actually cultivates empathy in...

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Contrasting Generation Y and Z

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 7:47 PM

The numbers are in from recent studies of younger teens of Generation Z, also known as "Homelanders" or the kids who follow Generation Y. They are part of a population who grew up during the aftermath of 9/11, where terrorism is part of the landscape, a sour economy is all...

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From 13 to 23: A Study in Artificial Maturity

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:16 PM

Believe it or not, Justin Bieber is merely a picture of so many others his age. For that matter, so is Miley Cyrus, and the list goes on and on. At 13, they were viewed by classmates with envy and admiration. Ten years later, the early signs of maturation and...

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Responding to 5 Trends in Youth Morality (Part 2)

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 2:35 PM

Today, I further delve into a series on students and morality. While some behaviors are improving among teens and young adults, morality is on a slippery decline. My last post revealed five troubling sources for students' morals today:

  • Morals are determined by results or consequences.
  • Morals are determined...
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Responding to Five Trends in Youth Morality (Part 1)

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 1:30 PM

If you enjoy keeping up with statistics on today's students, you'll be encouraged to know there are signs of improvement in their behavior. I recently blogged about some of the downward teen trends in cigarette smoking, drinking while driving, television viewing and even sex. Additionally, youth are drinking...

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The First Soft Skill to Develop in Students

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 5:38 PM

Frequently, I meet young job candidates who are freshly graduated from college and have never been taught how to make a good first impression. Or if they have, the adult who taught them did a miserable job.

In our work with employers who hire recent graduates, we hear from them...

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Teen Trends: There's Good News and Bad News

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 6:01 PM

The latest report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention just came out. It reveals the results of their regular "Youth Risk Behavior Survey" and contains both good news and bad news about the lifestyle of today's teenagers. Here are some highlights and thoughts on what we...

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A Counter-Intuitive Test to Guide Us as We Prepare Students

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 5:50 PM

A new study was just released that flies in the face of conventional wisdom. For years, parents and faculty have worked to create safer, cleaner environments for the children they're teaching. We've attempted to remove hindrances to their growth and all roadblocks to their self-esteem. And those are noble goals.

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A Surprisingly Valuable Topic for Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:44 PM

I learned a valuable lesson in 1979 as I mentored a group of high school students. In fact, as the mentor, I'm certain I learned more than they did. During the first three weeks, I felt compelled to build my credibility with these teens. So I consistently worked my achievements...

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The Secret That Increases Effort 40%

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Several years ago during a meeting with a university student, I pondered how to provide difficult feedback on a project he'd just finished. Zach was a smart young man, but like so many from Generation iY (the youngest and most tech-savvy Millennials), he was fragile when it came to taking...

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