- Leadership Development (mostly management training and intern programs)
- Executive Coaching (CEO's, presidents and administrators of academic institutions)
- Executive Leaders of Churches and Non-Profits
- Education (mostly as an adjunct instructor)
"What changes have you seen that have made the most impact?"Sure, I could easily mention the obvious ones like the Internet. Computers. Cell phones. Media. And certainly, there have been some profound cultural changes around those cultural and technological phenomenons... for example, in hindsight I find it unimaginable that I ran a non-profit in the 80's and early 90's with 70 adult volunteers, a budget over $100K, and eight different clubs in four different cities without a cell phone. But we all did just fine. Go figure.
But I digress... My point is that I find one variable far more stunning than all of those paradigm shifters. The title of this post probably gives it away: I think STRESS is far and away the most significant change I have seen in 35 years of working with students.
While I have watched students go from landlines to smartphones, typewriters to tablets, and from VHS to making their own movies (with CGI effects!), I have also seen massive events and changes like:
- Columbine (1999)
- The Great Recession of 2007-2009
- Aurora (2012), Sandy Hook (2013) and now Parkland
- multiple hours of homework every night, starting in elementary school
- intense pressure from extracurricular activities
- college entrance becoming intensely competitive and incredibly expensive