Category Archives: Choosing/Decision-Making

Should I raise funds and market more?

on September 21, 2018 in Blog, Choosing/Decision-Making

I chose to write a post every day, then to write a book, then to start a podcast because 1) enough people told me they found my voice unique and valuable, 2) I felt I had things worth saying, and 3) I would grow from the experience. Outside of launching Leadership Step by Step, I haven’t tried to market that much. That launch wasn’t that big, though it took me[…] Keep reading →

Three simple proposals to reduce pollution

on September 18, 2018 in Awareness, Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature, Visualization

I understand that many people reduce their pollution just from knowing how much they pollute. Planes How about having every airplane ticket show how much pollution and greenhouse gas emissions each flight causes—designed, prominent, and easy to read, like an Energy Star label or cigarette warning? I’d add a relevant comparison number, like IPCC recommendations. Like this, from MyClimate.org, Cars How about gas pumps show that information as you fill[…] Keep reading →

Would you rather?, part 4

on September 1, 2018 in Choosing/Decision-Making

Following up my first post on this topic, and while the options below don’t have to be exclusive, people usually choose as if they are. Do you prefer . . . Eating a lot Or feeling satisfied? Spending time in planes Or going on an adventure? Briefly visiting many Or spending time with some? Fitness Or explaining why you aren’t? Sampling food made for tourists Or learning to prepare what[…] Keep reading →

American men and their breasts

on August 24, 2018 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Fitness, Nonjudgment, Visualization

The United States today probably has the largest population in history of men with breasts caused by voluntary choices. There are other causes than voluntary choices as this Newsweek article says, It can sometimes be hereditary but is more commonly spurred by conditions like obesity, chronic kidney disease or an overactive thyroid, as well as by certain medications like steroids that cause hormone levels to shift. but many men choose[…] Keep reading →

People confuse *feeling* as if they care with *acting* as if they care

on June 27, 2018 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Education

One of my biggest lessons in transitioning from traditional education to active, experiential learning is the difference between reading, writing, talking, analyzing, and debating about something you care about and acting on something you care about. Can you imagine a parent saying he or she cared about a child but not helping the child when the child was hurt, sick, or needed help? Without acting, talking about values—or reading, writing,[…] Keep reading →

I wish I had the dedication and discipline of most Americans

on June 6, 2018 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Fitness, Habits, SIDCHAs

My post yesterday about my heart rate of 49 beats per minute and how people choose to spend their leisure time got me thinking about living by your values–what leaders do. When they hear I exercise daily, people suggest I have some special discipline, dedication, or other skill. I wish! On the contrary, the average American’s dedication and discipline for their values dwarf mine. I have to craft my life to make exercising[…] Keep reading →

Op-ed Fridays: which is easier, freeing slaves or not using disposable cups and bottles?

on April 13, 2018 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership

This morning’s New York Times posted a story, Holocaust Is Fading From Memory, Survey Finds, reporting a survey with results such as Thirty-one percent of Americans, and 41 percent of millennials, believe that two million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust; the actual number is around six million. Forty-one percent of Americans, and 66 percent of millennials, cannot say what Auschwitz was. My last name, Spodek, is Jewish-Polish,[…] Keep reading →

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