Category Archives: Education

Learn to lead without relying on authority: Two workshops this week. You’re invited.

on March 12, 2018 in Education, Events, Leadership, Nature

The Leadership and the Environment podcast team is growing, which means expanding to new ways to Develop people’s leadership and Act on the environment I’ve interviewed Ryan and Ben, the podcast’s newest teammates so you’ll get to meet them when their interviews get processed. In the meantime, we’ve organized two leadership development workshops THIS WEEK: Wednesday and Thursday, 6pm–8pm at NYU. Click these links to register and for the details,[…] Keep reading →

“Why the Ivy League could end up like the big 3 carmakers: utterly disrupted” My story in Quartz

on March 2, 2018 in Education, Leadership

Joshua Spodek Uneducated at Any GPA Is the Ivy League Today Big 3 Auto of the 1960s? America’s top universities today are like America’s Big 3 car manufacturers of the 60s: hugely profitable, projecting growth for decades, the envy of the world, dominating their markets, dictating terms to customers and employees, and accelerating to bankruptcy. Cars aren’t diplomas, but besides the obvious differences between the fields, systemic similarities suggest a[…] Keep reading →

Next Year Now and cracking the leadership code

on February 14, 2018 in Audio, Education, Leadership

Tom Heffner, host of the Next Year Now podcast, just posted his interview of me. Tom and I got to be friends following up this podcast, based on our mutual passion for learning and practicing leadership skills, education, values, and many of the things you read about here, so you’ll hear the chemistry. Plus, he came to these areas from a science and aerospace background, as I did. As Tom[…] Keep reading →

Social and emotional challenges are different

on February 10, 2018 in Education, Leadership

Leadership, entrepreneurship, and other performance-based professional practices are fundamentally social and emotional. Traditional academics teaches you to comply, not to lead or take initiative. It teaches intellectual skills, which are perfect for the knowledge worker of the mid-twentieth century. Those days are gone. Today’s challenges are social and emotional—how to create relationships and learn people’s problems so you can solve them. Learning to lead, innovate, create, and solve people’s problems[…] Keep reading →

Ask not how to lead but how to learn to lead

on February 8, 2018 in Education, Leadership

Sometimes people who want to know to lead ask directly, How do you lead? I don’t think they’re asking a question that will help them improve their leadership. You can walk and talk, but you’d be hard pressed to describe how you do it beyond generalities like “you put one foot in front of the other.” No one taught you the theory behind language or walking. You practiced until you[…] Keep reading →

10 Signs U.S. Universities Are Sabotaging Themselves

on February 3, 2018 in Education,, Leadership

10 Signs U.S. Universities Are Sabotaging Themselves Moody’s downgraded higher education to “negative.” S&P agreed. Finances aren’t the problem. Leadership is. S&P predicted a bleak future for higher education last week. Last month Moody’s downgraded the sector to from “stable” to “negative.” Leaders know financial issues usually aren’t root problems but point to them. Here are 10 signs pointing to problems among American universities independent of finance, from most obvious leading to the broadest and most important. 10. The most[…] Keep reading →

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 →

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