Sustainability: If Youâ€™re Not Patagonia . . .
Today’s top talent wonâ€™t work for you, buy from you, or tell their friends about you. Instead, they’ll attack you. I have a way forward.
If you have or want customers, employees, shareholders, or media attention, sustainability matters, especially to top talent, especially talent younger than 35. They were born into a dumpster fire of an environment. Damn right, theyâ€™re furious. They feel they have to suffer because of the self-indulgence and entitlement of everyone older than them.
If you donâ€™t act, these talented people will abandon you. If you act fake theyâ€™ll attack you as hypocritical or greenwashing. But act with genuineness and authenticity and theyâ€™ll flock to you. They crave someone doing more than just posturing.
Itâ€™s become a badge of honor to attack through lawsuits, marches, activist investors, regulation, the media, boycotts, and more. Once, they targeted only big polluters. Now, nearly everyone.
Because so many companies faked sustainability, we’ve become jaded. We expect greenwashing. Any company that thinks PR will help, find spending more money works against them. Insincerity is met with disgust, like parasites.
Some firms, like Patagonia, acted decisively. They earned respect and loyalty, though at great risk. They bet the farm more than once.
Damned if you do, damned if you donâ€™t?
Feel helpless? Confused? Do you have to risk everything just to show you’re sincere? (Spoiler alert: you don’t.)
What if you werenâ€™t born hugging trees?
A decade ago, you could have hoped someone else would act first. Waiting was a cop-out of a “strategy” then. It’s a route to irrelevance and abandonment now.
You can’t delegate leadership. If your strategy is half-assed posturing like forming a blue-ribbon committee or other bureaucracy, but you don’t personally act—authentically, genuinely, and effectively—you’re not leading. Those you think you are leading will attack you as hypocritical and spineless.
Theyâ€™ll probably be right.
Three pieces of good news
One: You donâ€™t have to solve all the worldâ€™s problems. You just have to show you are doing your best—a much lower bar. But you have to show it authentically and genuinely.
Don’t hide your flaws and vulnerabilities. Nobody is perfect. Share yours and those you lead will want you to succeed so they can follow. Instead of attacking you, they’ll support you. It may look like you have to walk a tightrope, but Iâ€™ve led some of the worldâ€™s top leaders to do it confidently. I make that tightrope a boulevard.
Two: The problem isnâ€™t too much CO2, mercury, or plastic. They are effects. Our behavior causes them, driven by our culture—our beliefs, stories, role models, images, and so on.
Thatâ€™s good news because leaders can change culture. Systemic change begins with personal transformation.
You will love the transformation. Your customers, employees, shareholders, and media will think, “Finally! Someone acted so I can follow.” They will feel gratitude and loyalty.
Three: I can help. I’ve been doing this for years, for people like you facing problems like yours.
I Will Help You Change Your Culture
I’m not saying changing culture is easy. I am saying that you’ll love it and they’ll thank you for it. You’ll create a legacy.
Most leaders don’t act in the area of the environment because they think in this area they have to be perfect. You donâ€™t. You only have to do your best. The trick is you have to do it genuinely and authentically. That’s where I come in. I’ve led hundreds of leaders to transform themselves and their teams so they love the experience.
Even—especially—people with no knowledge or experience in sustainability or science at all. I’ve led politicians representing “the reddest district in the reddest state,” hard-core Trump supporters, people who have never acted on the environment before, old, young, rich, and poor. They love the experience and recommend me to their peers.
I have decades of experience in that intersection, almost uniquely. I know how to bring joy, freedom, fun, community, and meaning to the process—in as little as two training sessions.
Effective leadership in this area requires experience in leadership, science, and living by the values you promote. Lacking such experiences means not knowing how to act, where to go, or how to get there. And they’ll attack your flaws instead of supporting you for them.
I lead workshops that are the opposite of lecture or coercion. With stories, role models, listening, and simple but unforgettable exercises, I lead your teams to discover and share their intrinsic motivations around nature, act on them, and share their results. Intrinsic motivation makes the experience meaningful so they want to lead others, multiplying the effect, changing individuals and cultures.
This isnâ€™t about shaving a bit of plastic here or emissions there. Learning and practicing the Spodek Method empowers your teams to collaborate to find ever greater solutions because they want to. They learn to lead themselves and others to sustainability.
The experience is supportive. Participants find that we all feel vulnerable. Then they can open up and finally act. They learn to replace guilt and shame with enthusiasm, expecting success. Instead of pointing fingers, they act with confidence.
The results are genuine. Your customers, employees, shareholders, and media followers will stop judging your teams and start supporting them. They’ll want you to succeed so they can follow.
Nobody Else Is Even Close
Iâ€™ve lived and led sustainability leadership for decades. On the award-winning This Sustainable Life podcast you can hear my results. World-class guests join because they love the experience and refer me to their peers.
Great leaders arenâ€™t born with a â€˜leadership geneâ€™; great leaders develop the necessary skills and gain confidence through practice and hard work. In Leadership Step by Step Joshua Spodek presents a thoughtful approach to becoming a highly effective leader that emphasizes the importance of experiential learning. It will serve as a valuable resource for leaders at all levels in any profession.
Indeed, Joshuaâ€™s practical exercises will help prospective, as well as experienced leaders, to master their craft and ultimately to succeed in leading and inspiring others in their various pursuits.— U.S. Secretary of Defense, General Lloyd Austin
Iâ€™ve led leaders and teams from some of the world’s most renowned institutions
as well as winners of the Nobel Prize, Olympic gold medals, the Super Bowl, and the Pulitzer Prize
as well as government and the military: members of Congress, Mayors, Generals and Colonels from the Army and Marines, and a Navy SEAL.
I know how to live sustainably:
- I take 2 years to fill a load of garbage
- I’ve picked up litter daily since 2017
- I last flew in 2016
- I last ate meat in 1990
- A typical monthly electrical charge: $1.95
- My annual carbon emissions: 0.8 – 2.4 tons (US average: 19 tons, global average 5.3 tons)
Our culture erroneously leads us to think of acting sustainably as meaning deprivation, sacrifice, burden, and chore. Most of all, through experience leading myself and others, I make stewardship about joy, fun, freedom, connection, community, meaning, and purpose. Where society expects scarcity, I’ve learned stewardship creates abundance. Where society expects guilt and shame, I create glory.
Back to my CV, for my PhD in physics, I helped launch a satellite with NASA. My business ventures and I have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and nearly every major media outlet.
You Personally Benefit. So Does Your Team.
Your teams will save money and time while generating publicity, but those are just the side effects. More significantly, these workshops will
- Improve morale
- Attract top talent
- Increase loyalty from employees and customers
- Increase retention
- Create competitive advantage
- Create community
On a personal level, the workshops will
- Bring participants closer to family and friends, especially spouse and children
- Replace insecurity with confidence
Youâ€™ll sleep better too, knowing youâ€™re helping clean our air, land, and water.
The skills you and your teams learn apply broadly. One client, a manager at Exxon, reported
I saw how to apply the skills I learned applying reducing waste personally in my regular work. But there they affect all of Latin America.
Thatâ€™s systemic change resulting from personal transformation.
Youâ€™ll Be in Great Company
A partial list of people Iâ€™ve worked with:
- Dominic Barton, McKinseyâ€™s 3-time Global Managing Director
- Beth Comstock, Nike board member, former Vice Chair and CMO of General Electric
- John Sargent, CEO Macmillan publishing
- Marshall Goldsmith, #1 ranked leadership guru and author
- Jaime Casap, Google’s Education Evangelist
- Vincent Stanley, Director, Patagonia
- Jordan Harbinger, top 5 podcast
- John Lee Dumas, top entrepreneurial podcaster
- David Biello, Science Curator for TED
- Dorie Clark, leadership coach, professor, bestselling author
- Frances Hesselbein, CEO, Girl Scouts, Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree
- Lorna Davis, Danone USA, senior advisor to CEO
Government and Military
- Eric Adams, New York City’s incoming Mayor
- Bob Inglis, US Congress, South Carolina
- General Kip Ward, Army General and inaugural commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM)
- LT General Paul Van Riper, Marine Corps Lt General
- Larry Yatch, Navy SEAL officer
- Col. Everett Spain, West Point Department head, Behavioral Sciences and Leadership
- Col. Mark Read, West Point Department Head, Environmental Engineering
- Chris Voss, FBIâ€™s lead kidnapping negotiator; author, Never Split the Difference
- Rod Schoonover, Senior Analyst, National Intelligence Council and State Department
- Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, The Sixth Extintion
- Michael Moss, Pulitzer-prize winning author, Salt Sugar Fat and Hooked
- Steven Pressfield, author: The War of Art and The Legend of Bagger Vance
- Seth Godin, multiple #1 bestseller, teacher, marketer, 11+ million TED talk views
- Dan Pink, multiple #1 bestseller, 40+ million TED talk views
- Anand Giridharadas, bestselling author of Winners Take All, writer for NY Times, New Yorker
- David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, over 1 million sold
- Eric Metaxas, NY Times #1 bestselling author, Martin Luther
- Coleman Hughes, Manhattan Institute fellow; NY Times, Wall Street Journal, National Review
- Ken Blanchard, author, The One Minute Manager
- Anna Tobias, Olympic gold medalist, Crossfit Games champion
- Etienne Stott, Olympic gold medalist
- Bryan Braman, Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagle
- Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of the Spartan Race
- Brent Suter, Pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers, Roberto Clemente award nominee
- Dawn Riley, 3-time Americas Cup
- Dee Caffari MBE, first woman to sail single-handedly, non-stop around globe in both directions
- Seth Shelden Nobel Peace Prize Laureate International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons member
- Robert Bilott, lawyer Mark Rufallo played in Dark Waters, sued DuPont for PFOAs for $670M
- Mark Tercek, former president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, Managing Director and Partner, Goldman Sachs
- Tensie Whelan, President, Rainforest Aliiance
- Bill Ryerson, founder, Population Media Center
Education, Arts, and Fashion
- Sir Ken Robinson, bestselling author, most-viewed TED talk of all time
- Jonathan Haidt, #1 bestselling author, 8+ million TED talk views
- Alexandra Paul, Baywatch star, movie star, and environmental activist
- Vanessa Friedman, NY Times Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic
- B. Jeffery Madoff, Director, writer, professor; producer of Victoriaâ€™s Secret Road to the Runway
- Sally Singer, Vogueâ€™s Creative Digital Director
The Opportunity (until I sign with a publisher)
For a very limited time, in advance of my new bookâ€™s launch, Iâ€™m making a unique offer, slashing my speaker fee, normally $10,000 to $15,000 plus books and expenses. I am offering my workshops for little more than the cost of books only.
The catch? Because Iâ€™m building for the launch, you will receive the book when it launches, about a year from now. But you will immediately get its greatest value directly from me, through the workshops, which people who buy the book only will not receive. This offer ends when I sign with a publisher.
Iâ€™m offering three tiers of service. All will offer the same world-class quality and passion. All deliver the books and workshops for little more than the cost of the books. For friends of Chase, I’m lowering the minimum purchase to the bare minimum: one book and workshop per attendee. I can’t go lower than one per person.
All deliver the bookâ€™s core valueâ€”The Spodek Method to lead systemic change through personal transformation. You will love the transformation and your teams will thank you for your leading them through it.
All will lead you and your teams to authentic, genuine, effective, transparent actions you can share with your communities.
You will learn to navigate the apparent tight rope with confidence, attracting talent, building loyalty, enjoying the process, getting closer to your family and friends.
You canâ€™t pay PR firms for these results at any cost.
My goal is presales to show a publisher demandâ€”to â€œderiskâ€ their investment, in their lingo. After signing, Iâ€™ll charge my usual speaking fees. I am doing all I can to sign this summer, so act soon.
Even if you want the workshops later, you can lock in the price today. Order now.
Special value for Chase’s community
A value no corporate client will receive: You know my longtime friendship with Chase and how I started my leadership journey where he did his. We learned together and this world-class leadership material emerged from it. I will add a special section to the workshop to connect Chase’s community’s values and practices to sustainability leadership and vice versa.
You will learn secrets that reveal how leading people in sustainability helps you lead everyone in all areas of life: all areas!
I’ll share juicy origin stories that led me to become one of the top coaches in the community.
After this offer, I’ll revert to corporate rates and you won’t get to buy one seat at a time.
Sadly, I don’t have to sell the need for sustainability. It’s been front-page news for generations and is increasing daily. Whether for your internal sense of responsibility or a practical sense that your company will lose to competitors who act more genuinely, authentically, and effectively while you try to figure it out, this is your chance to create a legacy.
In the words of a hard-core Trump supporter after experiencing The Spodek Method:
Recycling. I’ve never actually done it . . . It was something that I never thought I’d do. . . Something that I never prioritized. . . It really was an easy process. . . It was a double-win.
The seed needs to be planted in some people’s head that they can make a big difference.
Nearly everybody experiences these results. You will too. You will create them in your teams and family. Register now.
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