Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

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 →

038: RJ Khalaf, conversation 2: Making productive leaders from hopeless martyrs

on March 28, 2018 in Entrepreneurship, Freedom, Leadership, Podcast

RJ and I talk about the early success of LEAD Palestine, the organization he began to teach leadership to youths that most of the world abandoned in Palestine. Where their environment made it natural to respond with hopelessness and what comes from it—desperation to the point of aspiring to blow oneself up—RJ is bringing social and emotional development to create hope themselves. They happen to have been born into a[…] Keep reading →

Entrepreneur Magazine features me and Leadership Step by Step

on February 16, 2018 in Entrepreneurship, Leadership

Entrepreneur Magazine covered me for the first time, with a video no less, in Are People Born Leaders? The story begins Joshua Spodek, author of Leadership Step by Step: Becoming the Person Others Follow, talks about how people aren’t born leaders but instead develop leadership skills throughout life as a result of the obstacles life throws at them. He states that every great leader has learned leadership, but “no one’s born[…] Keep reading →

Making Challenging Life Choices (Audio)

on January 23, 2018 in Audio, Choosing/Decision-Making, Entrepreneurship, Stories

You often have to choose between options without enough information. How do you choose? You can never know everything you want for all life choices, yet you can’t avoid acting. Today I’m posting my answer by audio. I start with a story of a student with just such a challenge and show what we can learn from situations like them. I consider these lessons among the greatest one can learn.

A Contrarian View of Invention

on November 6, 2017 in Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Inc.com, Nature

My latest Inc. article, “A Contrarian View of Invention,” begins A Contrarian View of Invention We put innovation and invention on pedestals. Should we? I’ll start by pointing out that I have several patents to my name. I conceived of the inventions and wrote the patents. I have advanced degrees in science. I started several ventures. I’m not writing to brag or put patents or innovation down, just that I think I hold my own on innovation[…] Keep reading →

See me on Leadership, the Environment, and Navigating Your Business’s Greatest Challenges November 2 in Manhattan

on October 23, 2017 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Events, Leadership

See me next Thursday, November 2 at the NY Public Library Science, Industry, and Business branch in midtown Manhattan. I’m honored to present at such a prestigious and storied institution. As I’m approaching launching my podcast, Leadership and the Environment, I’ll speak on our sore need for leadership in the environment, as well as how it applies to the greatest challenge most leaders face: leading people without using authority. Whether[…] Keep reading →

A belief to replace worrying about jobs

on October 6, 2017 in Education, Entrepreneurship

Changes in technology and markets may shift job needs from one field to another, but not that people will always have needs that if you help fill them, they will compensate you. If you have skills to communicate and behave to make people feel comfortable sharing their problems with you, and to help solve their problems, you can create jobs for yourself. The work may not be what you trained[…] Keep reading →

Sign up for my weekly newsletter