Category Archives: Blog

The joy of (not) flying, a poem

on July 3, 2019 in Blog

I don’t remember the last time I wrote a poem. A group I spoke to recently gave me a book of poems on the environment, pictured below, and I didn’t have the presence of mind to decline it, as I try to with most material gifts. Reading it led me to think in poetry, or to try to express myself with it. I’d feel vulnerable sharing with the public something[…] Keep reading →

Diversity doesn’t mean just the diversity you’re thinking of

on June 22, 2019 in Blog

People say they value diversity. Business school leadership classes taught me that diversity of opinions in decision-making processes led to better outcomes, though the diversity introduced into that process produced divisive conflict. I didn’t ask the professors for the research they based their teaching on, but it’s consistent with my experience. But there is a greater issue than that conflict. I suggest to people things like, “If you want diversity,[…] Keep reading →

Here me on Stand Out Get Noticed from Australia

on June 14, 2019 in Blog

Christina Canters of the Stand Out Get Noticed podcast hosted me for the first time in a couple years in “Initiative: How To Bring Your Passions and Ideas To Life with Joshua Spodek.” Listen to the conversation. From the podcast page: Do you want to start a project but don’t have any ideas? Or maybe you have so many ideas you don’t know which one to pick? In this episode,[…] Keep reading →

More difficulty posting

on June 13, 2019 in Blog

Sorry for the sad post, but my computer problems endure. I hope the water evaporates so my keyboard works again as I unexpectedly search for a new computer. I’d like to say I’m enjoying my day or two of escape from screens, but I’m ending up doing little things here and there, like meeting people for scheduled video chats. Logging in using only a mouse means taking longer than I’d[…] Keep reading →

Burned out friend or family you want to help?

on June 11, 2019 in Blog

People often ask how to help someone who feels burned out in the face of opportunity. Do you push through or move on to potential opportunity? I wrote the following to a mom who said her son seemed burned out pursuing a physics PhD. I was there about 20 years ago. Also about five years later when my company nearly went bankrupt (I’ll put her question below): I have a[…] Keep reading →

In depth on habits, initiative, and discipline: Hear me on the Ideas Lab podcast

on June 7, 2019 in Blog

John Williams, host of the Ideas Lab podcast, recently recorded a conversation at my home, where I feel most comfortable so could share most openly. Here’s his introduction: From the Ideas Lab page: Joshua Spodek – Leadership Step by Step I’m here in Greenwich village in New York City today and I’m here to meet Josh Spodek. Josh is a fascinating character. He was a former astrophysicist and then became[…] Keep reading →

No Willpower Needed: Once indulgent foods that now disgust me and the healthy foods I love more

on May 30, 2019 in Blog

People keep reacting to my diet with, “Wow, you’re so disciplined,” as if it takes willpower to eat as I do. You know what took willpower? When I always had a container of ice cream in my freezer and potato chips, pretzels, or both in my cupboard. Not eating them took mental work that distracted me from everything else. The longer I eat like this: the more I love vegetables[…] Keep reading →

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