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— Marshall Goldsmith

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— Inc.

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I speak, podcast, write, blog daily, teach, and coach. The picture above shows me swimming across the Hudson River, among many personal accomplishments. I live a life of joy, integrity, discipline, and community and empower others to do the same.

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Joy and the Environment

on March 13, 2018 in, Nature

Joy and the Environment What we as leaders can do for the environment and why it creates joy Leaders can help the environment more than anyone, I’ve come to conclude from countless conversations hosting the Leadership and the Environment podcast. By environment, I don’t only mean global warming. No matter how skeptical anyone is about climate, nobody wants litter on pristine beaches, mercury in their fish, or asthma in their children. The environmental issues you’re[…] Keep reading →

Learn to lead without relying on authority: Two workshops this week. You’re invited.

on March 12, 2018 in Education, Events, Leadership, Nature

The Leadership and the Environment podcast team is growing, which means expanding to new ways to Develop people’s leadership and Act on the environment I’ve interviewed Ryan and Ben, the podcast’s newest teammates so you’ll get to meet them when their interviews get processed. In the meantime, we’ve organized two leadership development workshops THIS WEEK: Wednesday and Thursday, 6pm–8pm at NYU. Click these links to register and for the details,[…] Keep reading →

Dov Baron brings the best out of you. See his interview of me.

on March 11, 2018 in Audio, Leadership

Dov Baron—bestselling author, leadership coach (and more), named by Inc. as one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers and host of Full Monty Leadership—is probably the most dynamic, authentic, and colorful guest I’ve had on my podcast. To illustrate his authenticity, he took the greatest personal challenge to live by his environmental values—to consider getting rid of his car. Not just any car, but a Jaguar that he aspired to[…] Keep reading →

Why I Always Take the Stairs

on March 10, 2018 in Fitness,

Why I Always Take the Stairs Exercise is everywhere if you want it. And it simplifies your life. I’ve written before about how lazy I am, but how much fitness helps my career, relationships, and mood, so I find ways to integrate exercise into my life without taking time or resources from the rest of it. On the contrary, exercise consistently gives to the rest of my life. Today, let’s talk stairs. I live on the fifth[…] Keep reading →

This “Wrong” Quote Will Ignite Your Passion

on March 9, 2018 in

This “Wrong” Quote Will Ignite Your Passion Goethe didn’t say it, but it’s one of the most inspirational quotes you’ll find Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a celebrity of his time, often called Germany’s Shakespeare. That’s him on the left in the picture above–a writer, statesman, scientist, and more. You can read his history at Wikipedia. At Inc., we’re interested in what we can learn from accomplished people so we can accomplish more ourselves (at least[…] Keep reading →

What Does LeBron James Know About Leadership?

on March 8, 2018 in, Leadership

What Does LeBron James Know About Leadership? Athletes learn and practice leadership. They get elected. We can learn from them. To tell an athlete to “shut up and dribble” shows profound misunderstanding of how much sports and athletics teach leadership, all the more so among leaders of champion teams. If you read Inc. to improve your leadership, LeBron James may have his flaws, as any leader does, but remains an exemplary role model. As a leadership professor,[…] Keep reading →

Why do nerds and geeks think we can do in space what we haven’t on Earth?

on March 7, 2018 in Nature

Why do nerds and geeks think we can do in space what we haven’t on Earth? The distant problems they’d escape are nothing like the here-and-now problems we’ve created and can solve First, as one of the nerdiest and geekiest people I know, or even know of, I mean nothing negative from the terms. With a PhD in astrophysics, having helped build and launch a satellite, and with several patents, I can nerd out and[…] Keep reading →

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