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I speak, podcast, write, blog daily, teach, and coach. The picture above shows me swimming across the Hudson River, among many personal accomplishments. I live a life of joy, integrity, discipline, and community and empower others to do the same.

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on December 11, 2017 in Blog

Box of Crayons – which business is Michael in and what kind of tools does he use? [5:15] What happened to the sense of the inconvenient truth and that of leadership? – [9:37] How do the environmental challenges connect to personal values? – [16:45] The tragedy of the commons and do you care about it? – [20:00] Is the issue for you avoiding the thin veneer of civilization from disappearing[…] Keep reading →

Forbes (twice in one week): How Leadership by Authority Can be Counter-Productive (Video)

on December 11, 2017 in Exercises, Leadership

Forbes’ columnist Tim Francis of the company Profit Factory covered me with a video interview, How Leadership by Authority Can be Counter-Productive, at the core of my leadership practice and what I teach. Leading through authority is beyond ineffective. It’s generally counterproductive. Watch the video for why. Actually, watch the video for more than why: watch to learn what to use instead of authority and how to develop the relevant[…] Keep reading →

The Ethicist: Should Buyers Be Told About the Killer Next Door?

on December 10, 2017 in Ethicist

My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “Should Buyers Be Told About the Killer Next Door?” I live in a one-family house adjacent to the house of a family whose son was a serial killer 25 years ago. He was 20 at the time and killed two people. He was recently released and now lives[…] Keep reading →

Would you rather eat ice cream or exercise, part 2?

on December 9, 2017 in Choosing/Decision-Making

Following up my first post on this topic, and while the options below don’t have to be exclusive, people usually choose as if they are. Do you prefer… Ice cream or exercise? Living with a personal shortcoming Or facing and resolving it? Any food available any time you want it Or being unavailable when out of season? Being as fit as you want and can be Or explaining why you[…] Keep reading →

Leadership and the Environment debuts at #38! Please read to help share.

on December 8, 2017 in Audio, Leadership, Nature, Podcast

Thanks to all of you—listeners and guests—Leadership and the Environment launched at 38: to overwhelmingly 5-star reviews: I don’t know how many people listened and subscribed, but it’s short of the billions whose beliefs and behavior have to change to clean the air, water, and land we share, so we have a way to go. The measure of success is not ranking, but measurables like amount of litter, number of[…] Keep reading →

Welcome Forbes readers

on December 7, 2017 in Leadership, Podcast

Forbes article #1 this week Cheryl Snapp Conner, who has written posts with tens of millions of views, profiled me today in Forbes, Influence: How To Get It, Keep It, Use It For Business, (which came out just after my morning burpees). If you came here from that story, you know my passion for helping people change their environmental beliefs and behavior embodied in the new podcast, Leadership and the Environment.[…] Keep reading →

The Perfect (helpful) Storm

on December 6, 2017 in Audio, Leadership, Nature, Podcast

Here is an email I’m sending tomorrow, relevant to people who care about Leadership and the Environment: Hello friends, family, and people I’ve worked with this year​, I’m writing you who have seen my passion evolve in 2017 from launching my book to launching my podcast, Leadership and the Environment.​ Please listen if you haven’t, especially Episode Zero, which gives its back story. But first read on. The podcast goal and[…] Keep reading →