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Joshua earned a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, both at Columbia University, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate. He teaches and coaches leadership at Columbia, NYU, and privately. He has founded several companies, one operating globally since 1999, with a half-dozen patents to his name. He competed athletically at a national and world level.

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Join Joshua Spodek’s leadership workship, Saturday December 6 in Soho

posted by Joshua on November 22, 2014 in Awareness, Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership
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I’ve been invited to lead a leadership workshop at a great location in Manhattan Saturday, December 6. If you like my material, want to lead better, and like the testimonials of recent attendees, come to the seminar. Below is from their announcement.

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“How to lead people so they want you to lead them again”

by Joshua Spodek

Saturday, December 6, 2014
10am to 5pm
Soho – NYC

Previous University Presentations
Columbia, Harvard, MIT, NYU-Stern, INSEAD, New School, New York Academy of Sciences


Previous Coaching Clients Include Start-up Founders as well as Employees of 
McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, A.T. Kearney, UBS, Bear Stearns, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, American Express, Google, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy

Lead more effectively in 2015!

Why You should to attend

How to Lead People So They Want You to Lead Them Again Covers:

  • Step-by-step specific instruction of what to say and do
  • How to create high-level meaning, value, importance, purpose, and passion
  • How and why what you learn words
  • Exercises to perfect your practice
  • Overcoming counterproductive practices like relying on authority or external motivations that corporate, highly structured or command-and-control environments often teach.

what you will learn – the 7 takeaways

Key takeaways not easily learned from books or unguided experience:

  1. How to prepare in yourself before you can lead others
  2. What to look for in others to know whom you can and can’t lead
  3. How to elicit their strongest relevant motivations
  4. Humility, empathy, not trying to control, and listening to understand, even for people who tend to be less emotionally intelligent, like those with strong problem-solving and analytical backgrounds
  5. How to build their motivations into passions
  6. How to keep your teammates motivated
  7. What to look for in other great leaders to learn and keep improving

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Implementing Joshua Spodek’s model will increase the success of my entrepreneurial ventures and raise the quality of my relationships with people. Josh provides practical and easy to understand processes and steps a person can take to vastly improve their life.
- Mick Green

You showed me patterns to transform things and suggested how to handle the sales director at my company. I had an open talk with her based on your suggestion and self-awareness of how I felt.
- K. Chen 

I think this is a very inspirational class. Becoming more self-aware and improving my emotional intelligence has been my goal, but I have not been able to find a structured way to do so, until now. Thanks!
Anonymous (Shanghai)

I signed up for Josh’s leadership seminar not really knowing what to expect. I walked away with a clear, understandable framework not only for providing effective leadership, but for creating lasting and meaningful relationships with colleagues and teammates. Josh’s method of emotional connection gets to the core of the needs we all share as human beings. His techniques can help anyone become a better leader – and a more fulfilled person overall.
- Christy V.

I wanted to thank you for the class on Leadership at Columbia last weekend. It was a big eye opener for someone like me who has never taken any class on leadership. Your real life examples were exemplary and everything I learnt in your class, I feel I can in some way apply in my professional and personal life. I look forward to more such classes from you and in the mean time will be reading your blogs.
Kabita Dasgupta, Manager, Deloitte & Touche

This workshop was very informative and inspiring. It has opened my thoughts and mind to being more aware of how to hear the other person’s voice and emotions.
P. F.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
10am to 5pm
Soho – NYC

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Another successful testimonial

posted by Joshua on November 21, 2014 in Education, Exercises
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Another attendee from a recent seminar wrote about her experience. I hope it helps people get a feeling for what the seminars offer and how quickly you can use the material and get its benefits. I have also been practicing what we learned from Josh’s workshop and I have to say I am already seeing[…] Keep reading →

What are you doing that’s exciting?

posted by Joshua on November 20, 2014 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Exercises
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A question today: What are you doing that’s exciting? Or rewarding, satisfying, fulfilling, invigorating, or whatever you want out of life? Is your life purely reactive, in that you only have time and resources to do what other people tell you to do, to pay rent, etc? If so, maybe you have no choice. Or[…] Keep reading →