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Category Archives: Leadership

If no one is leading in the environment, maybe I’ll have to

posted by Joshua on April 8, 2017 in Leadership, Nature

After my disillusioning visit and presentation to the scientists at Columbia’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, I attended a presentation of a couple NYU researchers who study and teach about our garbage and waste. One studied and documented the amount of waste hospitals create, which is more than you’d expect. The other described how[…] Keep reading →

Ron Potter’s short, no-nonsense review of Leadership Step by Step

posted by Joshua on April 5, 2017 in Education, Leadership

I’m honored for Ron Potter of TLC | TeamLeadershipCulture.com to have written one of his short, no-nonsense reviews of Leadership Step by Step. He and I also recorded a conversation on a science and engineering approach to developing social and emotional skills in ourselves and others based on our collective experience. I’m editing the audio,[…] Keep reading →

Mastering Leadership Concepts: My conversation with Skip Prichard on his blog

posted by Joshua on April 3, 2017 in Education, Leadership

I’m honored today for Skip Prichard to feature a conversation we had on leadership and leadership development on his blog. I love working with experienced people. He got right to the point and kept the conversation focused, engaging, and meaningful, at least to me. For a teaser, the post begins: Mastering Leadership Concepts Learning how[…] Keep reading →

So You Want to Build a Luxury Vodka?

posted by Joshua on March 30, 2017 in Entrepreneurship, Inc.com, Leadership

My Inc. article yesterday reflected my journey from a pipe-dream I had in business school of starting a vodka brand to meeting the CEO of Absolut’s attempt to regain the lead it lost decades ago, Jonas Tahlin. He’s taking on the challenge in part by connecting himself personally with the brand. He has lots of[…] Keep reading →

From Astrophysicist to Leadership Coach To Bestselling Author With Josh Spodek: The Smashing the Plateau Podcast

posted by Joshua on March 29, 2017 in Audio, Leadership

No matter how successful you are, there’s probably at least one area where roadblocks are keeping you from fully achieving your goals. The Smashing the Plateau podcast focuses on overcoming these challenges. The host, David Shriner-Cahn of TEND Strategic Partners, interviews experts one thing in common—they all know how to fix problems that keep people[…] Keep reading →

The experience and results of Leadership Step by Step

posted by Joshua on March 28, 2017 in Audio, Education, Leadership

You’ve read the reviews of Leadership Step by Step—51 so far on Amazon, 98% 5-star—and are interested. You wonder how they got so positive. Chris is a professional who did all the exercises in the book as an online course from SpodekAcademy.com. I interviewed him to learn his experiences taking the course and his results[…] Keep reading →

Absurdly Useful Leadership Tactics That You Can Use Today: the second interview with Jim Harshaw

posted by Joshua on March 27, 2017 in Awareness, Exercises, Leadership, Models, SIDCHAs, Stories

I don’t know if the interviewers are getting better, if I’m developing in conversation, or if I’m just enjoying podcast conversations more, but it feels like the interviews are getting better all the time. Yesterday, Jim Harshaw (scroll down to learn more about him) of the Success Through Failure podcast posted our second conversation. Second[…] Keep reading →