Initiative: A Proven Method to Bring Your Passions to Life (and Work)

Taking initiative is the route to promotions, raises, greater responsibility, and entrepreneurship. It's the best protection or escape from a boss or job you dislike. Yet we've lost our ability to initiate. Schools teach compliance and following. Shark Tank and business plan competitions turn it into a spectacle benefiting investors, often at the expense of initiators. Our culture promotes one narrow type of initiative. This session will expose the forces keeping you from learning to initiate, profiles people who have learned to take initiative and succeed despite those forces, and walks you through steps to become someone who knows how to initiate, even (especially) if you don't have an idea or know your passions.

About Joshua Spodek
Joshua Spodek PhD MBA is a three-time TEDx speaker, #1 bestselling author of Initiative and Leadership Step by Step, host of the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, and professor at NYU.
He holds a PhD in astrophysics and an MBA from Columbia, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate and helped launch a satellite (having emerged from some of Philadelphia’s most dangerous neighborhoods). 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, Google, IBM, The New York Academy of Science, Children’s Aid Society, and other renowned institutions.
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.
He visited North Korea twice, swam across the Hudson River, has done burpees daily since 2011 (150,000 and counting), takes 16 months to produce one load of garbage, and hasn’t flown (by choice) since March 2016. He blogs daily at

Monday, July 13, 2020
12:00 PM ET - 1:00 PM ET

As a service to the community, there is no cost to attend this session but capacity is limited.

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