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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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The Ethicist: Can I Use My Dad’s Connections to Get an Internship?

on February 25, 2018 in Ethicist, Nonjudgment

My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “Can I Use My Dad’s Connections to Get an Internship?” I’m a college student, and like many college students, I am looking to do an internship. My dad’s previous job was at a company that offers internships in my area of interest. He suggested that I consider interning[…] Keep reading →

Leadership and the Environment one-page description for guests

on February 24, 2018 in Audio, Podcast

Thank you for being a guest on the Leadership and the Environment podcast. Guests so far have loved the interviews and personal challenges. Here is a one-page description of the podcast. Click here for a pdf version. Background and goals For sample episodes, please scan the list of all episodes for a name you like. A few episodes are just me, without a guest, sharing my views, which gives background[…] Keep reading →

028: Sandy Reisky, Conversation 1: Providing 10% of America’s New Wind Power

on February 23, 2018 in Podcast

“But acting on the environment will distract me from getting ahead,” complain many people to excuse themselves from acting. How they miss that national and global demand is a huge opportunity to lead or advance at any level if they act, I don’t know. Maybe fear? I think they’re expressing a lack of imagination. Most of these people who think they are choosing leadership are actually following traditional paths set[…] Keep reading →

Walden emerged from Thoreau’s sidcha

on February 22, 2018 in Creativity, Habits, SIDCHAs

I’m sharing thoughts on reading The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf, one of the New York Times’ 10 best books of 2017. Andrea Wulf’s the Invention of Nature Who is Alexander von Humboldt? The New York Times review of the book explains: Alexander von Humboldt was the pre-eminent scientist of his time. Contemporaries spoke of him as second in fame only to Napoleon. All[…] Keep reading →

027: Alisa Cohn, Conversation 1: Progressive daily wins

on February 21, 2018 in Podcast

Alisa Cohn is at the top of the leadership coaching and speaking game. Inc. Magazine named her a top 100 speaker. Marshall Goldsmith selected her as a top 100 coach. Since I’ve known her for a while, I also happen to know she’s a charming, fun, engaging person. Since I think a lot of listeners want to lead more effectively, I wanted to share how someone who is at the[…] Keep reading →

026: Joshua Spodek, The View From The Future

on February 20, 2018 in Audio, Podcast

Our world is filled with systems based on beliefs that made sense in the past, but that evidence contradicts. Growth and technology are contributing to environmental degradation. The invisible hand doesn’t win against the tragedy of the commons. And so on. We didn’t create these systems but we can act to create new ones based on new beliefs, such as accepting having enough, or considering the results of our actions[…] Keep reading →

025: David Biello, Conversation 1: We Can Do This

on February 19, 2018 in Audio, Podcast

David Biello is one of the few people I’ve met who understands environmental issues, doesn’t complain or vent doom and gloom. Instead he approaches with a simple, but responsible and thoughtful perspective. I met David after reading a review of his book, The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age, saying that David says: we already have the money and technology to make profound environmental change;[…] Keep reading →