How you learn is as important as what you learn, part 1

March 12, 2017 by Joshua
in Audio, Education, Leadership

The concept that how you learn is as important as what you learn is one of the fundamental principles behind my change from teaching through traditional educational and coaching techniques that may challenge and develop students and clients intellectually, but stagnate emotionally and socially.

Leadership, entrepreneurship, influence, persuasion, and much of human relations are fundamentally emotional and social. Not activating students and clients socially and emotionally deprives them of the challenges necessary to develop the social and emotional skills of those disciplines.

Jethro Jones, principal and host of the podcast Transformative Principal, led a conversation on this topic, how I discovered the principle for myself, and how I implemented it.

Jethro is a transformative principal himself. Personal growth, relationships, leadership, entrepreneurship, and business all related intimately to education. Whether your work involves K-12 education or not, if learning and growing matter to you, education does, and you’ll be surprised at what you can learn from people trained and experienced in learning and education. You’ll be surprised at how what you learn from them applies to your world, especially if you lead others or aspire to.

Click here to listen to part 1 of that conversation.

Here are the podcast notes:

Joshua Spodek (Twitter, Web Site and Blog) is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, leadership coach and workshop leader for Columbia Business School, columnist for Inc., founder of Spodek Academy, and author of Leadership Step by Step. Sign up for his webinar here

He has led seminars in leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, and sales at Harvard, Princeton, MIT, INSEAD (Singapore), the New York Academy of Science, and in private corporations. He holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, and studied under a Nobel Prize winner. He helped build an X-ray observational satellite for NASA, co-founded and led as CEO or COO several ventures, and holds six patents.

He earned praise as “Best and Brightest” (Esquire Magazine’s Genius Issue), “Astrophysicist turned new media whiz” (NBC), and “Rocket Scientist” (ABC News and Forbes) and has been quoted and profiled by ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has visited North Korea twice, swam across the Hudson River, and has done burpees every day for six years and counting. He lives in Greenwich Village and blogs daily at

  • Josh’s history
  • Chris Lehmann, founder of Science Leadership Academy.
  • educon
  • How you learn is as important as what you learn
  • Realized the lectures he prepared weren’t as effective as he wanted.
  • KIBSD High School Team Challenge
  • How his graduate level courses work.
  • Don’t give lectures on leadership, give experiences to help people learn what they need to learn.
  • Understanding yourself
  • Leading yourself
  • Understanding others
  • Leading others
  • Think of a project that has some deliverable that you care about the outcome, tell what success means.
  • Three raisins exercise: eat the raisins completely mindfully.
  • People know when you’re not paying attention.

Click here to listen to part 1 of that conversation.

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