Category Archives: Leadership

Why I’m not waiting for the government to act on the environment

on October 16, 2018 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership, Nature

Social and cultural change generally start from outside government. Government nearly always follows. Mandela, Gandhi, King, Havel, etc all started outside government. I’d love to see government lead, but the most effective thing for anyone who wants government to act to do is to act first. That’s why I’m acting, or one of the reasons. When enough other people see the pattern, they’ll stop blaming others’ inaction and act themselves.[…] Keep reading →

“Punch A Nazi”? You couldn’t help them more.

on October 13, 2018 in Creativity, Leadership, Nonjudgment

There’s a phrase out there “Punch a Nazi.” Here’s a video of someone acting on it. What effect do you think it has on people who agree with the guy being punched? Or people attracted by his message? I submit that punching the guy overall advanced his cause. When I search “Punch a Nazi,” the top results ask the ethics and morality of doing it. Talk about ethics, morality, and[…] Keep reading →

Student reviews of my leadership course, summer 2018

on October 3, 2018 in Education, Exercises, Leadership

Last summer, I taught a short version of my course to working professionals. I taught it through NYU, though it’s one of the courses I teach independently online and in corporations. It overlaps with my coaching for leadership clients. Here are the student reviews—as usual, all of them, no cherry-picking. Summer 2018 leadership student reviews Yes, I would definitely recommend this course to others. The combination of interactive classes, consistent[…] Keep reading →

What Personal Leadership Takes

on September 15, 2018 in Inc.com, Leadership, Podcast

Which is more common–an athlete becoming a business or political leader, or a political figure becoming an athlete? Many athletes and become leaders in business, politics, and so on, but the reverse never happens. The difference tells me that sports teaches skills useful and essential to leadership. I had the honor of interviewing Marquis Flowers of the New England Patriots for the Leadership and the Environment podcast. His vulnerability and raw emotion revealed what athletes learn through their struggles,[…] Keep reading →

086: Awareness means nothing. Or less.

on September 12, 2018 in Leadership, Podcast, Tips

Neither the environment nor your life responds to your awareness. They respond to your behavior. People who speak the truth say, “I’m telling the truth.” People who lie say the same thing. People who are aware say they are aware. People who are unaware say the same thing too. Only we’re all unaware of what we’re unaware of. Saying we’re aware only reveals our ignorance of our unawareness. That’s pride.[…] Keep reading →

Handling Trigger Warnings, Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and Other Outrages

on September 5, 2018 in Awareness, Education, Freedom, Inc.com, Leadership, Nonjudgment

Handling Trigger Warnings, Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and Other Outrages Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff’s new book, The Coddling of the American Mind, takes on offense and outrage with calm resolve and effective insight Jonathan Haidt’s latest book, released today, The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, coauthored by Greg Lukianoff, takes on one of the issues of our[…] Keep reading →

Join the 1L1P movement

on August 27, 2018 in Audio, Leadership, Nature

#1L1P Kevin Huhn contacted me because our spheres overlapped. We got to talking about acting on one’s values even when nobody is around—that is, integrity—which acting on your environmental values teaches. I shared with him my new initiative to promote picking up 1 piece of litter (or producing 1 less) per day and inviting 1 other person to join the initiative too. I shortened 1 litter 1 person to the[…] Keep reading →

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