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


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Greenwich Lane Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.58 inches | 0.84 pounds

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About the Author

JOSHUA SPODEK, PH.D. is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, a leadership coach and lecturer for Columbia Business School, and a columnist for Inc. He holds six patents and five Ivy-League degrees, including an MBA and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Named one of the "Best and Brightest" by Esquire in their Genius Issue, he has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, Forbes, and other major media.


"Whether leading or following, you need to read Initiative. I have long yearned for such a book--the most clear and persuasive on personal development and leadership I've found in 60 years of adulthood. Spodek's focus on initiative and reflection matches what I found effective serving in and leading organizations from a few people to over 15,000 Marines and Sailors. He illustrates key ideas with meaningful examples and helpful practical exercises. It's lucid, succinct, easy to read, and deeply profound. It has earned a prominent place in my library."
- Lieutenant General Paul K. Van Riper, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

"Many congratulations to Josh Spodek for Initiative! I loved his comparison of Shark Tank to the dog show. The common 'wisdom' of expecting passion to automatically lead to action only works if you're amazingly lucky. Initiative gives you a powerful tool kit to explore your interests and passions and create what makes you excited to work--how to make your own luck. No more Monday morning blues. If you work through the exercises here, you'll stop saying 'somebody should fix that' and become the one who does, to the world's benefit, and especially your own."
- Alan Iny, global leader, creativity and scenarios, Boston Consulting Group and coauthor of Thinking in New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity

"The disease is helplessness and inaction, and Joshua Spodek has the cure: Initiative. By taking initiative, we can connect with our passions and with people who can nurture those passions into actionable ideas that make money, create happiness, or maybe even change the world. Spodek starts off with some hard truths about today's business environment, then follows up with Method Initiative, a series of exercises that will help you identify your interests and create those connections that lead to success."
- Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive

"If you've ever wanted to start a project but weren't sure how, Initiative is the missing piece. With effective, step-by-step exercises and engaging real-life stories, this book will show you how to become someone who can start projects you love from scratch."
- Dorie Clark, professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and bestselling author of Entrepreneurial You and Stand Out

"Joshua found what was missing from entrepreneurship! Initiative shows why most entrepreneurial resources are counterproductive for people outside Silicon Valley. Then it shows actionable steps based on real-life results, illustrated with real-life stories from Joshua's decade-plus of research, teaching, and coaching. You will discover skills, confidence, and passions you always knew you had."
- Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 #1 in leadership and world's #1 executive coach

"Joshua Spodek restores the humanity, soul, and passion to the entrepreneurial spirit that built our nation. With simple steps and diverse stories, Initiative walks you through finding your passion and bringing it to life with confidence."
- Frances Hesselbein, Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree and president and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute