The Dutch Golden Mean

By | 2018-04-09T08:42:57+00:00 5th April, 2018|Blog, Education, Headteachers, Teenagers|

One of the major differences between Dutch and British schools is that we focus much more narrowly on academic achievement. Imbedded in the Dutch psychic is the golden mean philosophy that emphasizes the healthy median of moral behaviour. It warns against extremes – at one end excess, at the other deficiency. Barnaby Lenon, chairman of [...]

Character Trumps Academics 

By | 2017-09-22T10:12:50+00:00 22nd September, 2017|Education, Families, Headteachers, Teenagers|

During August, I travelled around the country delivering the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ course to teachers. On the 17th of August, the day of A-level results, I delivered this training programme in one of England’s top independent schools and met with the headmaster afterwards. He was likable and inspiring, however, in high stress [...]

Educating the Whole Person

By | 2017-06-23T16:15:41+00:00 23rd June, 2017|Blog, Education, Families, Teenagers|

I have three teenagers, and I’m always wrestling my thoughts on how best to prepare them for independent adult life. It concerns me that our schools don’t provide any real-life skills training for them and that the world outside of school requires more than an ‘academic’ qualification to survive and thrive. The world they are [...]

Developing Character for Teenagers

By | 2017-06-14T14:30:31+00:00 14th June, 2017|Teenagers|

In my role as head of FranklinCovey Education in the UK, I get to meet many head teachers to discuss applying our training to the challenges they face. Many secondary school heads have confided that they are seeing a dramatic increase in mental health issues with their pupils. One headteacher said, that on average 15 [...]

Three Deadly Poisons for Teenagers Today

By | 2017-05-20T10:15:02+00:00 20th May, 2017|Blog, Education, Families, Teenagers|

There are three metaphorical poisons that produce a deadly cocktail for teenagers in the 21st century. 1. Our toxic 21st century definition of success that is based on achievement, money, appearance, fame and power. This creates a culture whereby we are constantly comparing ourselves with others and it can make teenagers feel inadequate, inferior and [...]

‘The Times They Are a-Changing’

By | 2017-05-08T15:21:27+00:00 8th May, 2017|Blog, Education, Families, Headteachers, Teenagers, University|

Results – The name of the game. In the September edition of Surrey’s Elmbridge magazine - blazed across the cover was the headline ‘the Top Ten Independent Schools in your Area’. Because I’m passionate about improving our education system, I quickly thumbed to the article which was written by an Ofsted inspector. The article had [...]

Toxic Definition of Success

By | 2017-04-27T20:28:06+00:00 27th April, 2017|Blog, Education, Families, Teenagers|

Is this all there is? There is a prevailing toxic definition of success that is contributing to a significant increase in mental health problems for teenagers across the UK. This definition of success is based on achievement, appearance and money. At an extreme level, it’s focused on fame and power. Part of the problem is [...]

Unplugging for a Better Life

By | 2017-04-27T20:27:23+00:00 26th April, 2017|Blog, Teenagers|

Unplugging for a Better Life The question is, how do we get our teenagers to ‘unplug’ so that they can improve their health, their relationships and their life? In trying to conquer the hold that technology has on their lives they need all the help they can get. Firstly, as parents we need to demand [...]

Helping Teenagers with Difficult Stuff

By | 2018-04-05T18:45:38+00:00 23rd November, 2016|Families, Teenagers|

As a facilitator for 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers and Families I have supported teens from all backgrounds over the years. And what’s striking is that they all have the same ‘stuff’ going on: getting to school on time, finding school work too hard, teachers who don’t listen, parents who don’t listen, (or who [...]