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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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Affluence Without Abundance, Part 1: Economics, health, and happiness

on January 15, 2018 in Models, Nature, Relationships

In this country, mentioning any deviation from capitalism flips people’s thoughts to communism and socialism. This black-and-white thinking explains why Reagan and Thatcher opposed Nelson Mandela fighting Apartheid, instead supporting a blatantly racist regime. In fact, they supported a party infused by supporters of Nazis. We throw the term Nazi around today to mean figuratively, but I mean literally. The creators of Apartheid included people who actively and violently supported[…] Keep reading →

The Ethicist: Should I Accept a Cash Reward for Doing the Right Thing?

on January 14, 2018 in Ethicist

My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “Should I Accept a Cash Reward for Doing the Right Thing?” My 12-year-old son and I found a cellphone in the back seat of a taxi. I called someone on the owner’s contact list who called him who then called me. We met on a convenient corner, and[…] Keep reading →

014: Joshua Spodek: My friend’s anger and why I’m doing the podcast

on January 13, 2018 in Audio, Nature, Podcast

My friend told me this show angered him — hearing people act as if little changes were significant… not knowing not to get new plastic bags. Listen to the episode. I shared some of my thoughts on people making trivial changes and what motivates me. I expect I’ll share more personal thoughts on leadership and the environment as I develop my voice. Listen to the episode. Listen to the episode.

Wet socks and the environment

on January 12, 2018 in Nature

Most people—actually, nearly everyone I’ve met or heard of—want to pollute less than they do, but don’t stop themselves. They can, but they convince themselves they can’t. But they don’t. Most compartmentalize their pollution, becoming Enron Environmentalists—that is, they act as if the parts of their lives where they pollute don’t exist or don’t count. Sorry to break it to you, but you almost certainly qualify. They say things like, “I[…] Keep reading →

013: Dan Pink, Conversation 2

on January 11, 2018 in Blog

Dan Pink’s second conversation was short and sweet, like his personal challenge. Listen to the conversation. After a few guests learning, growing, and leading from having to overcome big challenges, Dan shared an easy, simple experience. The story was that there was no story. While many portray changing your diet as impossible or a big challenge, Dan and his wife simply stopped eating most meat. That’s it. He stopped. He[…] Keep reading →

Civilian Service and a Civilian Service Academy: Crazy or the Answer to Many Problems?

on January 10, 2018 in Education, Leadership

Meeting with Frances Hesselbein means talking about service. Her touchstone phrase is “to serve is to live.” All the men in her life served in the military. She taught at West Point and led me to my co-teaching for three days last fall. By contrast, when I grew up, I associated the military with the draft, whose compulsory nature seemed unconstitutional. My sense of community has changed—I would say matured.[…] Keep reading →

Need motivation on a challenging project? Start with this quote.

on January 9, 2018 in Blog

Podcasters ask me for favorite quotes. I answer with the one below a lot. I can’t prove it right, but I find it describes what happens when you act remarkably accurately. It’s the opposite of analyzing and planning without acting. It tells you that however you plan, acting with resolve will create opportunities and resources beyond what you can plan. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to[…] Keep reading →