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May 31, 2019

In this episode, Devi chats with Joshua Spodek, PhD MBA of the Leadership and the Environment podcast.  Josh wrote the #1 bestselling Leadership Step by Step, hosts the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, is a professor at NYU, writes a column for Inc., and blogs daily at

He holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in astrophysics and an MBA from Columbia, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate. He left academia to found a venture to market an invention that showed animated images to subway riders between stations.

He teaches and coaches leadership and entrepreneurship at NYU and Columbia Business School. He has spoken at Harvard, Princeton, West Point, MIT, BCG, PwC, S&P, and IBM.

Appearing on every major network, the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and more, he has been called “best and brightest” in Esquire’s Genius issue, “astrophysicist turned new media whiz” by NBC, and “rocket scientist” by Forbes and ABC.

He visited North Korea twice, swam across the Hudson River, has done burpees daily since 2011 (108,000 and counting), takes 16 months to produce one load of garbage, and hasn’t flown (by choice) since March 2016.

Devi and Josh discuss:

  • Josh’s exceptional life journey
  • How reality "tastes good"
  • Selecting the right healthy foods for yourself
  • Knowing what you don’t need in your life
  • The impact of what is happening in the environment
  • Josh's experiences with stand-up comedy
  • Making a difference each day
  • Changing your behaviors to make a difference
  • Being aware of reality
  • How the environment reacts to our behavior
  • How Josh created his “Leadership and the Environment” podcast
  • Leading people to find what motivates them specifically
  • Helping leaders transform publicly
  • Knowing that your life matters
  • Promoting active leadership
  • Tips and strategies for how to grow your show
  • Creating systemic change
  • Being accountable for your own behavior
  • Living in your values
  • Adding purpose to your life

and more...

Connect with Josh & Listen to "Leadership and the Environment" on his website @