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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.

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Phil Jackson on Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal

posted by Joshua on September 30, 2014 in Leadership
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You should know Phil Jackson if you don’t. One of the great basketball coaches of all time, he gets the best out of his players to motivate them to work as a team. He coached Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal, among other greats to eleven championships, plus he won two as a player before coaching.

When you see names like Jordan, Kobe, and Shaq in a leadership context, don’t think “great players,” think “headstrong prima donnas that resist authority.” And I suggest not thinking “From him I can learn to coach others,” think “I’m the prima donna I need to learn to coach.” Don’t waste time thinking about how to attract or hire a team to follow you if you don’t already have one, just use what you learn from him to master yourself.

I show these excerpts in my seminars because they show

  • The intimacy he creates with his players—forming relationships like brothers or father-and-son—in an often macho culture
  • How he learns what his players value and use that to motivate. Watch the part where he talks about Shaq several times until you understand how he saw Shaq competing not with the other players on the court but with Wilt Chamberlain to get him to the MVP award
  • How he treats diverse and disparate but relevant aspects of each player—their body sizes, agility, ages, relative ages, history, communication style, etc
  • The emotion he shows for his players. Do you feel such intensity with people you coach? With yourself?

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Reminder: International Entrepreneurship Panel, October 6 at NYU

posted by Joshua on September 29, 2014 in Education, Entrepreneurship
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I found a problem last year teaching entrepreneurship at NYU. Most students I worked with were born outside the U.S. and many wanted to become entrepreneurs. As much as they wanted to start businesses, many of our conversations had this phrase in them: … but I have to get a job with a big company[…] Keep reading →

Not the ethicist, part 4

posted by Joshua on September 29, 2014 in Nonjudgment, Tips
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Continuing my series on responses to the New York Times column, The Ethicist, looking at the consequences of one’s actions instead of imposing values on them, here is a take on an earlier post, “Campus Police: Precrime Division“. I study computer science at a midsize university, and my school has cameras that cover almost every[…] Keep reading →