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165: Colonel Mark Read, part 1: Environmental Engineering at West Point

on April 10, 2019 in Podcast

I met Colonel Read through Colonel Everett Spain, who has also been a guest of the podcast. Two myths about the military have unraveled in me as a result of seeing West Point from the inside and talking to 4-star Generals and department heads. One is that the military practices command-and-control and that someone of any rank can just order people to do things and get compliance. On the contrary,[…] Keep reading →

Tomorrow, April 10, see a live Leadership and the Environment recording of the former President of the Rainforest Alliance

on April 9, 2019 in Audio, Events, Podcast

Tomorrow, April 10 at 7pm, I’m interviewing Tensie Whelan, Director of the NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business and former President of the Rainforest Alliance, in a live recording of the Leadership and the Environment podcast. If you like business, sustainability, or amazing people, you’ll love the event. Register at: Registration Password: EnvironmentalLeadership APRIL 10, 2019 Leadership and the Environment:  A Live Podcast Recording with Joshua Spodek & Tensie[…] Keep reading →

164: Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias, part 1: Olympic gold and Crossfit Fittest on Earth

on April 8, 2019 in Podcast

Anna is down to earth for anyone, let alone a gold medalist and Crossfit champion. Watch her videos to see the contrast with what she does, her abilities, and how she doesn’t have to be humble. She does something hard, that most can’t do, like a clean and jerk or climbing a rope, then does as many as she can in a cycle with other hard things, to past exhaustion.[…] Keep reading →

The Ethicist: Should My Daughter Speak Up About a Classmate’s Plagiarized Poem?

on April 7, 2019 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 My Daughter Speak Up About a Classmate’s Plagiarized Poem?”. My daughter spends half her school day in an arts high school, the other half in a traditional high school. Recently, she shared with me instances in which one of her peers had plagiarized in the arts school[…] Keep reading →

“Nailed it!”

on April 6, 2019 in Education, Nature, Stories

Several TEDxNYU attendees agreed: “Nailed it!” My friend recorded it with her phone. It ran out of memory, but here are the first six minutes, followed by some stills. Word is that I have to wait 6 to 12 weeks for them to edit the video. I’ll link to the full, official one when I get it.

A curious, annoying observation on asking advice for a TEDx talk

on April 5, 2019 in Education, Events

Preparing for tomorrow’s TEDxNYU talk led me to a curious observation. Everyone I asked for advice gave useful advice, but no two people’s advice was completely consistent with anyone else’s. That is, every person’s advice conflicted with everyone else’s in some way. I finished each advice session with each person thinking, “I got some useful advice. I’m going to use it.” Then each next session began with me thinking, “darn,[…] Keep reading →

How to sleep in without sleeping late

on April 4, 2019 in Habits

I know this should be obvious and it probably is. I still find it hard to implement and have to relearn it all the time. But when I get it, it makes life relaxing and easier. How to sleep in without sleeping late: Go to sleep earlier. There are two ways to sleep as much as you want. You can sleep later in the morning You can go to sleep[…] Keep reading →

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