Category Archives: Education

Civilian Service and a Civilian Service Academy: Crazy or the Answer to Many Problems?

on January 10, 2018 in Education, Leadership

Meeting with Frances Hesselbein means talking about service. Her touchstone phrase is “to serve is to live.” All the men in her life served in the military. She taught at West Point and led me to my co-teaching for three days last fall. By contrast, when I grew up, I associated the military with the draft, whose compulsory nature seemed unconstitutional. My sense of community has changed—I would say matured.[…] Keep reading →

Nurturing Millennial Leaders: the Influencive Interview

on January 2, 2018 in Education, Leadership

Influencive‘s Surya Prakash Singh posted an interview of me, “Nurturing Millennial Leaders,” of how to start leading, especially if your traditional education didn’t help. The article begins Nurturing Millennial Leaders I get the chance to speak with author and leadership specialist Joshua Spodek. According to a survey, each day approximately 10,000 baby boomers retire. By 2020, 48% of the workforce will be made of millennials. Because of this scenario, 84%[…] Keep reading →

The 20/80 Rule, Leadership, and Integrity

on November 21, 2017 in Education, Exercises, Inc.com, Leadership

My Inc. post today, “The 20/80 Rule, Leadership, and Integrity,” begins The 20/80 Rule, Leadership, and Integrity In a leader’s relationships, the 20/80 rule counts, not the 80/20 rule. Leadership means people watch you–not to what you want to say or do, or mean to, but what you actually say and do. Attention to detail counts. Not sometimes, but always. What Vince Lombardi said about winning applies to leadership: Leading is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You[…] Keep reading →

6 Lessons I Learned Teaching Leadership With a 4-Star General at West Point

on November 13, 2017 in Education, Inc.com, Leadership

My Inc. story today, “6 Lessons I Learned Teaching Leadership With a 4-Star General at West Point,” began 6 Lessons I Learned Teaching Leadership With a 4-Star General at West Point What I learned teaching leadership with a four-star general at West Point. Who is America’s greatest leader? Longtime readers of my column will remember Six Lessons I Learned at Lunch With the Best Leader in America, where I called Frances Hesselbein the nation’s[…] Keep reading →

How Big Words and Jargon Make You Look, and It’s Not Smart

on November 4, 2017 in Education

My post on Inc. today, “How Big Words and Jargon Make You Look, and It’s Not Smart,” begins   How Big Words and Jargon Make You Look, and It’s Not Smart Do you use big words to make you look smart? Do you realize it achieves the opposite? It’s tragic to hear people try to sound smart or educated by using big words. Even more tragic is that people encourage the practice.[…] Keep reading →

West Point and Leadership: First Impressions

on October 26, 2017 in Education, Leadership

Yesterday I got back from three days helping lead workshops and talks at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), invited by General (R) Lloyd Austin III, the Class of 1951 Leadership Chair in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and the Center for Enhanced Performance for three days helping lead leadership talks and workshops, as well as sharing practices. The General is a remarkable man and leader. West Point[…] Keep reading →

An Inside Look at the World of Career Coaching

on October 25, 2017 in Education, Leadership

Columbia University’s Alumni Association posted a piece I wrote, “An Alum’s Inside Look at the World of Career Coaching,” which included a video of my WBECS talk from a couple months ago. It begins An Alum’s Inside Look at the World of Career Coaching By Joshua Spodek ’93CC, ’96GSAS, ’99GSAS, ’06BUS of the Columbia Career Coaches Network Spodek shares valuable insight from his job as a career coach and details the[…] Keep reading →