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What advice do you have for President Obama?

We’ve been asking kids for their advice for Obama since the election results came in.

We asked them to consider…

  • What would you say to the President to help him with his next term?
  • If you were President what would you change?
  • In one word, what is the most important leadership quality for the President?

13 year old producer, Jared Herr, (pictured bottom right with Steven Spielberg) assembled their advice for President Obama into a short video.

 Please click on the following path.  Lets Grow Leaders Film.

I know I have readers of all political persuasions and social views. Some of these views are controversial. Thank goodness– diversity of thought helps us all grow as leaders. Some of you may have voted for President Obama. Others likely did not. Others of you are not in the United States. You will want to watch anyway, these kids are cute.

Many of the views represented here will be aligned with your core values. Others may not.

Either way, I encourage your to watch the video with your children, and record their comments in the comments section (feel free to include your advice as well).

Talking with our children about leadership and values is one of the best ways to help them grow as leaders.

Please also pass this post along to your social media friends, so we can collect as much advice as possible. All views welcome.

Jared Herr is 13 years old and in 7th grade. When he’s not producing films, he likes to play basketball, swim, and act. He uses his leadership to raise funds for Alex’s Lemonade stand, a charity that helps to find a cure for pediatric cancer. He and his friend have raised over $25,000 dollars for cancer research.


Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


  1. Steve Borek

    Cute film Karin. Well done. It’s a great idea to instill leadership ideas at a young age.

  2. letsgrowleaders

    Thanks, Steve. It was so much fun to do…. talking with the kids and helping them to crystalize their thoughts was all part of the process.

  3. Anonymous

    Great video Jared! Very well put together. I think the close ups you chose help to bring the audience close to each speaker. Joshua Finn steals the show.

  4. Deborah Chaney

    What a great video and what a great group of smart and insightful kids. This generation is our hope for a better future. ~We are one nation and one people and we rise and fall together~ This video reminds me of “ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN” (a guide for Global Leadership). All we really need to know about “how to live” and “what to do” and “how to be” we learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school. But somewhere along the path to adulthood we seem to lose sight of what’s really important in our world.
    Think what a better world it would be if all governments had as a basic policy to treat each other fairly, always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess!

  5. letsgrowleaders

    Deb, thanks so much for joining the conversation. I know you live in that sand pile… and we are all better for it. Namaste.


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