Category Archives: Audio

More missing sexism when it hurts men

on August 30, 2018 in Audio, Nonjudgment

I’ve written several times on how our society seems comfortable dismissing sexism when it hurts men. Saying that because some men have power, unearned or not, therefore all men do doesn’t make it so. It means you’re seeing people by an accident of their births than for themselves. It also gets votes for populists. It also dismisses and ignores their situation—their pain, their suffering, their struggle, their triumphs, and so[…] Keep reading →

Join the 1L1P movement

on August 27, 2018 in Audio, Leadership, Nature

#1L1P Kevin Huhn contacted me because our spheres overlapped. We got to talking about acting on one’s values even when nobody is around—that is, integrity—which acting on your environmental values teaches. I shared with him my new initiative to promote picking up 1 piece of litter (or producing 1 less) per day and inviting 1 other person to join the initiative too. I shortened 1 litter 1 person to the[…] Keep reading →

Hear me on Kevin Kruse’s Leadx podcast: “This Leader Only Produces One Bag Of Trash Per Year”

on August 6, 2018 in Audio, Leadership

I met Kevin Kruse through his annual top 100 leadership speakers in Inc., which included 15 or 20 guests of my podcast, podcasters who have hosted me, and people who have been over for dinner. Kevin is also from Philadelphia so we got to know each other and today, I appear on his podcast. Listen to the conversation. Listen to the conversation. From the notes: Joshua Spodek is an Adjunct[…] Keep reading →

Jordan Harbinger and how rehearsal *improves* spontaneity and authenticity

on July 31, 2018 in Audio, Exercises, Leadership, Relationships

I’ll soon post my podcast interview with Jordan Harbinger, one of the world’s top podcasters. First I’m sharing this example of Jordan and how to learn to communicate authentically and genuinely—through practice and rehearsal. Think genuineness and authenticity matter in business? How about marriage? This recording features Jordan’s wife talking about how Jordan came off, when she knew he practiced, rehearsed, and taught others to. Practice and rehearsal work because[…] Keep reading →

The Big Talk with Tricia Brouk

on July 18, 2018 in Audio, Education, Leadership

Tricia Brouk is an incredible director, TEDx Executive Producer, actress, choreographer, and more. She’s worked with names like Richard Gere, James Gandolfini, Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, John Torturo, Eddie Izzard, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, and Bobby Canavale. Wow! As host of the Big Talk podcast, she posted our conversation, “Put Yourself in the Background.” From the liner notes: Put Yourself in the Background – Joshua Spodek Summary What is the[…] Keep reading →

Moving Mountains with Sasha Laghonh

on July 8, 2018 in Audio

Sasha Laghonh invited me back to her wonderful Moving Mountains podcast, which just posted. I shared a few upcoming projects I haven’t shared yet. Curious to try open-mic stand-up? She asked me about my recently performing open-mic on a New York comedy stage (which I recommend). We also talked about the origins of my Leadership and the Environment podcast and the sports and acting stories that helped start me on[…] Keep reading →

Empathy, compassion, Sam Harris, a former neo-nazi, and leadership

on April 28, 2018 in Audio, Leadership

People seem unable to understand groups they disagree with these days. If you disagree with someone enough to argue with them, you probably want to influence them to stop acting in ways you disagree with—that is, you want to lead them. To lead someone you don’t have authority over, you have to understand them and, ideally, make them feel understood. If you behave and communicate in ways that people feel[…] Keep reading →

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