If you want extraordinary performance, know extraordinary performers.

Joshua earned a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, both at Columbia University, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate. He teaches and coaches leadership at Columbia, NYU, and privately. He has founded several companies, one operating globally since 1999, with a half-dozen patents to his name. He competed athletically at a national and world level.

He writes from experience and a scientist’s perspective on creating success professionally and personally – leadership, entrepreneurship, emotions, social skills, influence, decision-making, negotiation, conflict resolution, perception, motivation, attraction, managing groups and teams, and more.


He has been quoted and profiled in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Fortune, CNN, and the major broadcast networks.

His coaching clients come from McKinsey, Bain, BCG, JP Morgan, Google, and more.

His clients include graduates of Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Dartmouth, Penn, and more.

Esquire Magazine named him “Best and Brightest” in its annual Genius issue.

You can book him as a coach or speaker.

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027: Alisa Cohn, Conversation 1: Progressive daily wins

Alisa Cohn is at the top of the leadership coaching and speaking game. Inc. Magazine named her a top 100 speaker. Marshall Goldsmith selected her as a top 100 coach.Alisa Cohn

Since I’ve known her for a while, I also happen to know she’s a charming, fun, engaging person. Since I think a lot of listeners want to lead more effectively, I wanted to share how someone who is at the top of the game is a regular person at heart, just who worked persistently and with dedication.

In our conversation she shares how she chose leadership coaching as a direction, how she reached where she is, and the importance of service when leading others.

I think this conversation had the most laughter so far, which is probably related to her success.

It relates to how she took on her challenge. I recommend listening for how much she enjoys it—at least that was my impression. She’s already acted in several ways to live by her environmental values. Here she takes another step.

It’s food-related and I think one many listeners are thinking of, so if you haven’t started your challenge yet and have environmental values around food, you may enjoy Alisa’s approach.

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026: Joshua Spodek, The View From The Future

Our world is filled with systems based on beliefs that made sense in the past, but that evidence contradicts. Growth and technology are contributing to environmental degradation. The invisible hand doesn’t win against the tragedy of the commons. And so on. We didn’t create these systems but we can act to create new ones based on new beliefs, such as accepting having enough, or considering the results of our actions[…] Keep reading →

025: David Biello, Conversation 1: We Can Do This

David Biello is one of the few people I’ve met who understands environmental issues, doesn’t complain or vent doom and gloom. Instead he approaches with a simple, but responsible and thoughtful perspective. I met David after reading a review of his book, The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age, saying that David says: we already have the money and technology to make profound environmental change;[…] Keep reading →