The Best Response to Narcissism in Students

At the core of narcissism is the fantasy that you are better than you really are. But . . . what might be the cause of this misperception?

The Unintended Consequences of Multi-Tasking

Thanks to social media, our students have grown up multi-tasking, but has all of the multi-tasking been poor for their health?

Three Reasons for Teen Unhappiness and What to Do About It

With all the resources and technology we have at our fingertips, is it safe to assume American kids would likely be the happiest?

The Revolution Young Adults Need

Our young are full of potential. Our world is full of problems to solve. It’s time for this revolution.

What Our Music Reveals About Us

There is one discovery that is worth talking about here...

Six Levels of Motivation in Students

In a world of unprecedented opportunity and connection—wouldn’t you think we’d have the most motivated generation of kids in the history of mankind?

The Day I Stopped Asking Students the Wrong Questions

I believe these questions have left, perhaps, millions of students with grievances against our culture and their advisors.

The Best Way to Ensure Your Students Are Learning

Whether he knew it or not, Sam Levin started a little movement when he was a freshman in high school. When he complained to his mom that he and his classmates hated school, she...

What’s Happening to College Students Today?

So, what’s going on? Is life really that bad for these students?

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.