Category Archives: Education

The folly of credentials

on April 10, 2018 in Education

Our educational system has evolved to deliver credentials—diplomas, your GPA, honors, and such. Even business plan competitions act like credentials. Credential comes from a root meaning trust. Schools credentials say, “trust us, we vouch for this person for finishing our requirements.” But academic values of compliance, factual recall, abstract analysis, test-taking skills, and so on aren’t as valuable as they were for a century or so when being a “knowledge[…] Keep reading →

RJ’s TEDx talk that began as homework from my course

on April 9, 2018 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

RJ Khalaf took my course at NYU, Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship, a few years ago. His class project evolved into LEAD Palestine, which led the Dalai Lama to name him a Dalai Lama fellow. He also appeared on the Leadership and the Environment podcast and was a panelist on our expert panel last week. Saturday he gave his first TEDx talk at TEDx NYU. All credit goes to him for[…] Keep reading →

TOMORROW: My webinar with LEADx, “Lead without authority”

on March 26, 2018 in Audio, Education, Events, Leadership

TOMORROW NOON eastern (9am pacific) see me live on the LEADx webinar, “Lead without authority.” LEADx told me that over 100 people have registered so far. It’s free, but you have to register. LEADx is important. They created Inc.’s annual influential list of 100 top public speakers (16 of whom have been on my podcast or I’ve been on theirs). We’ll cover a set of skills that will get you[…] Keep reading →

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 →

Sign up for my weekly newsletter