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Category Archives: Relationships

The value of technique: My student connects with a billionaire and gets invited to Harvard using skills from the course!

posted by Joshua on April 27, 2017 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Relationships, Stories

I was delighted to read the email below from a former student. You can tell that English is not her native language, nor is America her native culture. Yet you’ll see she turned a standard business meeting assigned to her into a meaningful connection. That’s the value of technique: it works even when you wouldn’t[…] Keep reading →

How “Relationship Goals” Might Be Ruining Your Relationship: More.com

posted by Joshua on March 20, 2017 in Relationships

Leadership is about more than business and politics, where people associate it most. Leadership applies to all relationships, including with yourself, to family, school, and significant others. Especially the kind of leadership that my book, Leadership Step by Step, develops: based on understanding, empathy, compassion, listening, connecting their passions to the team, teamwork, support, and[…] Keep reading →

Becoming The Person Others Follow: the Art of Authenticity awesome second interview!

posted by Joshua on February 14, 2017 in Leadership, Relationships

Laura Coe, host of The Art of Authenticity podcast, posted today our second interview, “Joshua Spodek: Becoming The Person Others Follow,” which covers Leadership Step by Step, along with authenticity in general. Laura is a wonderful interviewer who genuinely cares about her guests. A second interview means more familiarity and comfort, which means covering perspectives[…] Keep reading →

Is leading with empathy and compassion soft? Will you get taken advantage of?

posted by Joshua on February 11, 2017 in Leadership, Relationships, Tips

A reader wrote with some questions common enough from other readers to share. His second message is the common one. The first sets the context of dealing with a difficult person. Here’s the first message: I’d like to know how to deal with the type who is indifferent to the possible adverse repercussions for his[…] Keep reading →

Learn influence, persuasion, and creating and closing deals! Take my 4-session course, January 16 – 26 in NYC

posted by Joshua on January 6, 2017 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Events, Relationships

Take my 4-session in-person course in influence, persuasion, and creating and closing deals! I’m offering this course by popular demand, organized by the students who took my leadership class in-person last semester. They knew I’ve offered this class and wanted to take it so they took initiative to make it happen. How could I refuse?[…] Keep reading →

Non-judgmental Ethics Sunday: Should Parents Be Expected to Donate to a Public School?

posted by Joshua on November 27, 2016 in Ethicist, Nonjudgment, Relationships

Continuing my series of responses to the New York Times’, The Ethicist, without imposing values, here is my take on today’s post, “Should Parents Be Expected to Donate to a Public School?” Our granddaughter is in kindergarten at a highly ranked elementary school: Test scores average in the top 1 percent of the schools in[…] Keep reading →