Parents Win With Coaching (part 1)

When it comes to your teen...

  • "Do you mostly focus on what is negative or what is positive?"
  • "Do you tend to focus more on what's not working or on growth and development?"
  • "Is your outlook more in the past or forward thinking?"
  • "Do you tend to fix their problems/struggles or help them come up with their own solutions?"
  • "Do you tend to focus on what's wrong or how to make things better?"

These are excellent reflective questions when it comes to guiding our teens through life. And they also speak to what separates a coach from a critic. 

Dan Rockwell, an excellent leadership coach, explores these questions further in today's podcast. We also address a very specific question I receive from parents: "My son or daughter isn't motivated when it comes to school. And they are doing the minimum amount of work to get by or sometimes nothing. When it comes to school, they are stressed out. Can you help?" 

Dan's years of experience and insights are very useful. His daily blog, Leadershipfreak.com, is a library of helpful tips for leaders. I think you will enjoy him!

David Roux is an Academic Life Coach for teens and college students from Fishers, IN. For more information, check out www.davidrouxcoaching.com.

Understanding Millennials (part 3)

"Middle ground." "Managing tension vs resolving tension." "Both/and." "Compromise." "Negotiation." 

These are terms or mindsets that baby boomers and millennials need to incorporate into their workspace when working together. Living in extremes will not work today. For example, if a boomer maintains a mindset of, "it's my way or the highway", the retention percentage at your company will not be good. On the other hand, if a millennial doesn't demonstrate a willingness to learn from the leaders who are boomers, they may not get very far in the company because they are viewed as entitled or unteachable. 

In today's final episode with Lindsay, we will discuss examples of how to meet in the middle. Lindsay will also address a statement I hear from parents a lot..."I just hate technology. It's hurting our kids more than helping." I think you will find her comments thought provoking. 

Enjoy!

David Roux is an Academic Life Coach for teens and college students from Fishers, IN. For more information, check out www.davidrouxcoaching.com.

Understanding Millennials (part 2)

I don't think every kid needs to go to college to be "successful".

In today's world, the options or avenues for a young person to create the kind of future they want is greater than when I was 18 years old (1990 - yikes!).  In addition, the return on investment with attending college these days isn't great, especially if you're getting a liberal arts degree.  But the cultural pressure to attend college is huge. The pressure could come from parents, friends, prestige and image, or years of, "that's just what you do."

I'm NOT against higher education. I love learning, and there are jobs that need a college degree. I'm simply FOR young people THINKING first before they jump, considering what their life might be like after the college experience. I'm FOR young people exploring more of who they are and understanding their strengths and weaknesses better. I'd love to see every young person clarify their personal vision, mission, and values. Imagine these discoveries driving our kid's direction, purpose and decisions in life. Much more powerful! 

In today's podcast, Lindsay continues to help us understand the challenges millennials are experiencing after their college experience and tips to help the next generation minimize these challenges. We will also discuss further some of the issues I mentioned above. And finally, you'll hear what it's like to have 3 drummers in a room.  Enjoy!

David Roux is an Academic Life Coach for teens and college students from Fishers, IN. For more information, check out www.davidrouxcoaching.com.

Understanding Millennials (part 1)

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Millennials. Millennials. Millennials. 

There has been so much discussion about this generation and how to understand who they are. Much of what I've heard hasn't always been positive, especially when it comes to the workplace. Many times millennials have been described as narcissistic, needed trophies for everything, self indulged, lazy, entitled, etc. The phrase, "oh, you're such a millennial", is not a phrase of endearment. 

Lindsay Boccardo, a nationally recognized millennial expert and coach, has worked with many companies and organizations to help create a more effective work space helping bridge the gap of understanding between baby boomers and millennials. She has also worked with the Indiana Supreme Court. 

In today's episode, Lindsay will help us understand who the millennials are and some of the things that truly characterize them. She will also give us tips on how to work with them in the work place.

I am really excited for you to get to know Lindsay. Not only does she provide great education, but she is blast. Enjoy!

David Roux is an Academic Life Coach for teens and college students from Fishers, IN. For more information, check out www.davidrouxcoaching.com.

High Emotional Intelligence = Life Success

How well do you handle your emotions?  How aware are you of your actions? If you've ever found yourself asking, why did I react that way, or how did this situation get so out of control, or why do people seem to respond to me in a negative way, then listen in for some helpful suggestions.

In this podcast, I'll discuss the connection between self awareness, emotional intelligence and career success. I will also share ways you can help your teen develop their EQ and what that means. Because I would argue that a higher EQ is a better predictor of life success than IQ. 

David Roux is an Academic Life Coach for teens and college students from Fishers, IN. For more information, check out www.davidrouxcoaching.com.