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7 Healthy Sounding Articles that Normalize the Opposite

on March 20, 2018 in Fitness,

7 Healthy Sounding Articles that Normalize the Opposite When did being sedentary become the standard? Facts alone rarely influence behavior. Would you be surprised that many journalists who sound like they are promoting health are actually promoting the opposite? Do you notice anything in common in these headlines? From the New York Times: How Exercise Can Keep Aging Muscles and Immune Systems ‘Young’ From the New York Times: How Exercise May Help the Memory Grow Stronger From the[…] Keep reading →

035: RJ Khalaf, conversation 1: Leading in the West Bank with the Dalai Lama

on March 19, 2018 in Podcast

I encourage you to review RJ’s leadership program in Palestine for yourself. Check out RJ Khalaf is my youngest guest so far, still an undergrad at NYU, but achieving beyond student status. He took my social entrepreneurship classes. In this episode, you’ll hear RJ on his passion and success: a leadership program that teaches leadership skills to Palestinian kids who would otherwise throw stones or worse, as you’ll hear.[…] Keep reading →

The Ethicist: Must I Warn Renters About Our Racist Neighbors?

on March 18, 2018 in Ethicist

My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “Must I Warn Renters About Our Racist Neighbors?” I have a rental property, and the neighbors next door are extremely racist. We didn’t know this when we bought the house. We have had both white and Hispanic people as renters. The next-door neighbors harassed the Hispanics until they[…] Keep reading →

This Man’s Daily Habit May Be the Most Productive Ever

on March 17, 2018 in, Nature

This Man’s Daily Habit May Be the Most Productive Ever Imagine building Central Park yourself. Jadav Payeng did more. With his bare hands. We’ve long known the benefits of habits–even before Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Regular readers of my column know the value of sidchas—Self-Imposed Daily Challenging Healthy Activities–which are more than just habits. They help define you. Successful people have sidchas. Not all,[…] Keep reading →

Roger Bannister, the 4-Minute Mile, and Leadership

on March 16, 2018 in, Leadership

Roger Bannister, the 4-Minute Mile, and Leadership We who strive for more can learn from the great athlete, no matter our field. The greatest lesson we can learn from the achievement of Roger Bannister, who broke the 4-minute mile in 1954 and who died at 88 yesterday, arises from someone else breaking his record only seven weeks later. And then many times since. Why? Because as great as his physical feat, it shows that his mental feat was[…] Keep reading →

034: Joshua Spodek: Before, Living by Others’ Values

on March 15, 2018 in Podcast

After sharing my “after” stories about after taking on my environmental challenges, in this episode I share the “before” situations.

The Future of Environmental Leadership

on March 14, 2018 in, Leadership, Nature

The Future of Environmental Leadership Want to lead? The opportunities to lead in the environment may be the best around. Hosting the Leadership and the Environment podcast has led to a lot of conversations on leadership and the environment. As an entrepreneur and adjunct professor of leadership, I talk to many who want to become leaders. Many shun working on the environment because they think it will distract from their career and leadership ambitions. They excuse[…] Keep reading →

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