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Science: This Remote Paradise Is Most Trashed Spot on Earth

posted by Joshua on May 24, 2017 in Awareness, Entrepreneurship,, Leadership, Nature
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My Inc. post today, “Science: This Remote Paradise Is Most Trashed Spot on Earth,” begins serious but connects it to entrepreneurship and leadership. It starts:

Science: This Remote Paradise Is Most Trashed Spot on Earth

Two scientists report that this once-pristine paradise on Earth, now covered with plastic junk. Leaders and entrepreneurs can act.

If you haven’t heard, you must have been hiding under a rock. Or maybe a piece of useless plastic junk:

A pristine paradise is covered with the greatest density of garbage measured, mostly plastic trinkets whose existence improved the life of no one, according to a paper, “Exceptional and rapid accumulation of anthropogenic debris on one of the world’s most remote and pristine islands,” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

East Beach Henderson island

East Beach, Henderson island

Read the rest at Science: This Remote Paradise Is Most Trashed Spot on Earth.

Tathra Street of the Tall Poppy Podcast interviewed me, and it’s a great conversation

posted by Joshua on May 24, 2017 in Audio, Leadership, Relationships, SIDCHAs
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Tathra Street hosts the Tall Poppy podcast. Today she posted our wonderful conversation, which covered leadership, burpees, competition, and important things we all wish we talked about more.

The top of her page says:

Change – Leadership – Wisdom

The top of mine used to say:

Meaning – Value – Purpose

You can tell we’d complement in interests.

Anyway, she listened and sounded like she took what I shared to heart, when made me feel comfortable sharing more. I hope you also appreciate what she shared in her review after the conversation after listening to the conversation. At least from my perspective I was glad to learn she developed new views about burpees, competition, and other things we talked about.

Listen to the conversation!

Listen to the conversation!

About Tathra Street

From her About page:

Tathra is a powerful paradigm shifter whose work is at the intersection of personal development and professional development. Her work as a coach, facilitator and consultant is founded in empowering her clients to explore what they know and how they know, rather than telling people what to do. She works with people and organisations that are progressive ambitious and value innovation. If this is you, get in touch.

She can imagine the workforce of tomorrow looking very different from today. She sees an experience of fulfilment and heightened connectivity in the day-to-day of work as being vital components for the development of a vibrant future workforce.

Tathra is passionate about facing the future now by looking beneath the surface. She recognises the importance of looking beyond the obvious for answers and is a champion for our ability to discover our own answers. She works with people and groups to move from analysis paralysis to clarity and creates an environment that enables wise choices.

Tathra is a global citizen, born in Australia, raised and educated in Canada, and having returned back to her homeland to discover her own entrepreneurial spirit in an environment that values creativity and innovation.

With a background in sustainability both as a consultant and a campaigner she is well versed in the dynamics of change. Learning the hard way that change can not be imposed if you want it to last and that creating an environment that invites change is crucial, these lessons inspired her to move from adversarial activism to personal change for planetary impact.

Listen to the conversation!

A problem with leadership education and how I teach differently [video]

posted by Joshua on May 23, 2017 in Education, Leadership
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I met with my publisher, American Management Association Books to record some topics on my book and how I teach.

Check out the first video, which answers

What’s a problem with current leadership education?


How do I teach differently?

Read my book and take my course to overcome the shortcomings of traditional education.

Listen to me on The Entrepreneur Way podcast with Neil Ball

posted by Joshua on May 22, 2017 in Audio, Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership
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Take the Initiative and Start Acting on Something with Joshua Spodek Founder and Owner of Spodek Academy

Neil Ball is a fascinating, probing host of the podcast The Entrepreneur Way. We spoke recently and today he posted our conversation.

The conversation covers more of my entrepreneurial background, lessons, and views than any podcast I remember doing lately, which was a refreshing change from focusing on leadership, though we talked about leadership too.

This conversation also marked one of my first times publicly considering taking a leadership role in the environment.

Listen to the interview!

The Entrepreneur Way

Anyway, I recommend listening to the podcast!

Listen to the interview!

About Neil from his About Page:

I am Neil Ball and I love helping people who share my passion for the entrepreneur way of life. I live in Bolton in England, UK with my beautiful wife and 4 fantastic kids.

About 2 years ago I realised that my experience and achievements in business on my entrepreneurial journey was something that will be helpful for other people who have the passion for the entrepreneur way of life. I now make my living sharing my knowledge with want to be entrepreneurs and other entrepreneurs who already have a business and need some addition guidance to take it to the next level.

My story – The Dream and Success Journey

At the age of 14 years old I declared to my family that I was going to be a multimillionaire by the time I was 30 years old. I also remember that I recognised that I didn’t want to work for anyone else although I had never had a job to come to this conclusion.

I was working in a nightclub at the age of 20 and whilst it was great fun the pay was barely enough to live off and I realised that I needed to do something else. I made a decision to find a way of fulfilling my dreams, although I didn’t at the time know how I was going to do it. Over the next 4 years I read books and tried different things. For a period of time I tried network marketing selling water filters but that didn’t work for me. I tried setting up a printing business but that didn’t work either. I tried selling spy holes but didn’t find any success with that either. I found some success buying and selling snooker tables at Christmas but that was short lived. I also tried selling consumer electronics products such as televisions, hifi’s etc and I discovered something that appeared to be a real opportunity. By the time I was 24 years old I had finally set up a full-time business selling electronic products retail in a shop and mail-order all over the UK.

Over the next 6 years the business grew year after year with double digit growth and by the time I was 30 I had achieved the goal that I had set myself when I was 14 years old. The story doesn’t end there but it was the fulfilment of the childhood dream.

Listen to the interview!

Here are the show notes:

Joshua Spodek, bestselling author of Leadership Step by Step, is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, a leadership coach and workshop leader for Columbia Business School, a columnist for Inc., and founder of SpodekAcademy. He helped build a satellite for NASA, co-founded and led several ventures, and holds six patents.

Entrepreneurial Role Models:

Not asked

When business started difficulties overcame:

“There was a big problem for me in graduate school, when I started, I loved physics there was Galileo, Mouton, and Einstein and eventually there’d be Spodek and the practice of physics today is not like it was before, it used to be, you could build your own experiment with tools and with your hands and now the LHC is 10s maybe 100s of thousands of people, maybe a hundred countries over decades, you’re just this tiny little cog, it wasn’t what I wanted to do and so I felt trapped, I felt like what can I do with a physics degree”…[Listen for More]

Favourite Books:

Getting to Yes: Negotiating an agreement without giving in Book by Roger Fisher and William Ury

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity Book by David Allen

Favourite Quote:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, concerning all acts of initiative and creation there’s one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plan, that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too, all sorts of things occur to help one that would never have occurred, whole stream of events issue from the decision raising in all manner of one’s unforeseen incidents and meeting and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way, whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it”

Recommended Online Resources:

Freeplane – free mind mapping and knowledge management software.

Best Advice to Other Entrepreneurs:

“As someone who teaches and learns experientially, the biggest thing is that, there’s this big myth that you’re either born with it or you’re not and everyone I’ve ever come across in history or personal experience, they’ve learned what they did through doing things and in terms of leadership and business skills and things like that so If you see someone who has skills that you wish that you had, I recommend not in any way believing oh they were just born that way on the contrary they learned it from something, they had an experience that taught them this”…[Listen for More]

More About Joshua Spodek:

Spodek Academy

Neil’s Quote at the Beginning:

“The only way to learn new things is to ask questions and be curious. Find the people who inspire your curiosity because those are the ones you will most learn from.” James Altucher, The Rich Employee

Other Quotes From the Chat with Joshua Spodek:

“If you have a dream, they’d rather help you then go without a dream and so once you take initiative and start acting on something, people start wanting to help you”

“If you’re walking through a crowd and you’re like excuse me sorry pardon me, people get annoyed at you and they don’t get out of your way, but if you stride through confidently people see you and they get out of your way and they’re like oh you got something to do? Please by all means go past and if you live your life that way, things happen, people help you, people want you to succeed because they’d rather have you succeed than no one succeed”

“Leaders follow also”

“If someone has something that you don’t have, find out what got them that and give that to yourself”

Listen to the interview!

Thank you, Neil!

The Entrepreneur Way

Reinvention Radio with Steve Olsher interviewed me

posted by Joshua on May 21, 2017 in Audio, Education, Exercises, Leadership, Relationships
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I’m honored and privileged for Reinvention Radio with Steve Olsher to have interviewed me.

There’s nothing like live radio to make a conversation exciting and spontaneous. We did exercises from the book on the air.

Now the conversation is online for you to listen to at your leisure.

About Reinvention Radio:

Reinvention Radio …

  • Obliterates the limits of possibility
  • Boldly reinvents average
  • Unequivocally expands your knowledge
  • Massively impacts the trajectory of your business (and your life)

Where ‘normal’ comes to die; ‘mediocrity’ meets its final demise; and, ‘the status quo’ is unabashedly dismantled.

Each guest boldly reinvents average, obliterates the limits of possibility, challenges the accepted, and forges daring, cutting-edge paths. Steve and Mary’s no-holds-barred, unapologetic exploration of what’s new, what’s now and what’s next will unequivocally expand your knowledge, massively impact the trajectory of your business (and your life), and empower you to achieve financial, spiritual, and emotional freedom.

Listen to the conversation!

The show notes:

Joshua Spodek had an Ivy League PhD, an 8-digit valued global company, national-level athletics, studied with a Nobel laureate, had solo NYC gallery art shows, was named “Best and Brightest” by Esquire, six patents, helped build a satellite, and more – but still found himself helpless as his employees chose not to come to work one day to protest how the other co-founder and he were running the business. What good were all these achievements if they just led to an empty office in the midst of the biggest crisis?

Joshua says it took years to discover that his lack of humility, emotional skill, social skill, listening, empathy, compassion, self-awareness, and such were the greater problem than running out of money, which was just the symptom.

Years later, he gained some insights into what seemed much more important than the business school he’d excelled at. The first came from Inside the Actors Studio, where Joshua saw that all the actors excelled in the social and emotional skills he lacked. Beyond excelling past him, they excelled beyond any MBA or leadership professor. Yet nearly all of them dropped out of school or were kicked out.  Second was visiting a Philadelphia high school called Science Leadership Academy (SLA)  that his friend founded, that Obama spoke to the first graduating class of. The school was experiential, project-based from the ground up, the opposite of teach-to-the-test. Each time he visited, the students showed leadership and teamwork skills beyond MBAs that he knew. Again, like the actors, they didn’t take classes in leadership or anything like it. Yet these teenagers surpassed Ivy League leadership professors in some of the most important business skills.

What was going on????

Joshua took what worked in acting and combined it with what worked at SLA, and the result was a set of courses that produced student results off the charts of traditional education, getting stellar reviews from students at NYU. His courses continue to grow at NYU and Columbia. He offers those same courses, using the same software and exercises, at The first book version is out, “Leadership Step by Step,” which launched in February.

Joshua’s personal life illustrates the courses’ success. He’s spoken at Harvard, Princeton, MIT, gotten standing ovations, etc. Most importantly, he lives a life of phenomenal relationships, emotional and social confidence and success, and integrity that anyone can achieve and that he teaches. His students learn to create for themselves every success he creates. Some as teenagers, their work for his class has led them to speak at Harvard, be featured in Forbes, Inc., and more, win numerous awards, etc. Their success is the measure of the courses and their success is beyond what traditional academics creates.

TUNE IN to this episode as Joshua chats with Steve, Mary, and Richard about changing the game for leadership development and creating positive change.

In This Episode

1 – Leadership is not just about authority; What is a MOOC?; Starting with the basics

2 – Leadership vs Management; Leaders work with your emotion; Handling teenagers – connecting and opening up; The “the thing behind the thing”; Richard talks about the power of meaningful connection

3 – Obama vs Trump leadership style; Trump was more authentic; Watching TED Talks doesn’t cut it… you have to practice; Joshua answers the question of who are the most effective leaders and why?

Joshua Spodek on Reinvention Radio with Steve Olsher

Joshua Spodek on Reinvention Radio with Steve Olsher

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The Inspirational Chronicles with Emilio Ron, parts 1 and 2: Building Discipline and Become an Exceptional Communicator

posted by Joshua on May 20, 2017 in Audio, Education, Exercises, Fitness, Leadership, Relationships
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I met Emilio Ron at an event for public speakers. We started talking and he invited me to be a guest on his new podcast, Inspirational Chronicles.

The following fits into the conversation we recorded: He invited me to record in the studio he set up. Somehow, despite living in Manhattan, I agreed to take the train—not even the subway, but the Long Island Railroad—all the way out to Long Island, where he had to drive me from the station to the studio. Manhattanites expect the world to come to us!

Once I saw the studio I could tell he cared about his project and knew I’d enjoy the conversation. I enjoyed it from before we started recording.

In the end, I’m honored to have been one of his early guests and look forward to seeing him and his podcast grow.

The conversation was close and personal. Since he had started reading my book, Leadership Step by Step, we covered some of its topics more deeply than in most other podcasts. If you’ve started the book, you’ll get extra value out of the conversation.

We also went longer than originally planned (he was driving into Manhattan later to go salsa dancing, so I missed my return train for a ride back), so he split the conversation into two parts.

Part 1: Building Discipline

Show notes:

Joshua Spodek is a Professor at NYU, leadership and workshop coach for Columbia Business School, and Columnist for Inc. He holds five Ivy-League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA.

He helped build an X-ray observational satellite for and NASA, co-founded and led as CEO or COO several ventures, and holds six patents. He’s a best selling author of Leadership Step by Step and is featured on this episode!….Give it a listen!

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Part 2: Become an Exceptional Communicator

Show notes:

Become an Exceptional Communicator ft. Joshua Spodek – Best Selling Author, Professor and Astrophysicist.


  • Advice to Young Professionals [at 1min]
  • Communicating in Relationships [at 8 min]
  • Confirmation Questions – Get People to Open Up [16min]
  • Developing Awareness in Perception and Supporting Others [25min to end

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About Inspirational Chronicles

The Inspirational Chronicles podcast features a new guest every episode telling their unique story of overcoming many of the life obstacles we face today. Based out of NYC, this podcast is made to inspire and entertain with the stories of everyday people pursuing their dreams.

Leadership and the Environment: It starts here

posted by Joshua on May 19, 2017 in Audio, Awareness, Education, Leadership, Nature
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I’m talking more about the lack of leadership I see regarding the environment and global warming. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t want to make the world a better place or who opposed clean air and water, but we were born into a world that makes it difficult to avoid polluting it.

As everyone knows, if billions of us don’t change our behavior, we could face big natural problems. Since no one else is stepping up, or don’t have the skills, awareness, and credentials to, I am.

My friend Lee Kuczewski and I have talked about the topic. He’s wanted to organize talks on topics he loves, so he organized my first public talk on leadership and global warming. We held it last Thursday at NYU-Stern. I was nervous about presenting to people I didn’t know about a topic that people push back on. I liken talking to people about significantly changing their behavior to walking through a mine field.

But if I don’t do it, I don’t see anyone else doing it. We’ve waited for things to change for generations, or hoped we wouldn’t have to face things like hundreds of millions of people being displaced from their homes. Now those changes make front page news.

Here is the audio of that talk. It’s a first pass, a work in progress, so if you rate it against finished products it will compare poorly. But I consider it a good start and will continue to develop it and find bigger audience.

Here are some relevant posts that complement the talk:

Remember, it’s a work in progress, not a finished, polished presentation.

I’d love your thoughts.