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ZigZag, the business show about being human, returns as a member of the TED family of podcasts. Join this zig-zagging quest with Manoush Zomorodi (Host of NPR’s TED Radio Hour; Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business) to discover new ways we can align our ambitions with systemic change that’s good for our fellow human beings. www.zigzagpod.comOn Season 5, Manoush profiles six unusual dynamos reinventing business, their industries, and even capitalism in the name of humanity. It will change the way you see your work and your self . Find @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram.Tell Manoush YOUR story by emailing a voice memo to ZigZag@StableG.com.

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    • 4.6 • 1.5K Ratings

ZigZag, the business show about being human, returns as a member of the TED family of podcasts. Join this zig-zagging quest with Manoush Zomorodi (Host of NPR’s TED Radio Hour; Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business) to discover new ways we can align our ambitions with systemic change that’s good for our fellow human beings. www.zigzagpod.comOn Season 5, Manoush profiles six unusual dynamos reinventing business, their industries, and even capitalism in the name of humanity. It will change the way you see your work and your self . Find @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram.Tell Manoush YOUR story by emailing a voice memo to ZigZag@StableG.com.

    STEP 6: THE TIMELINE

    STEP 6: THE TIMELINE

    On the final episode of The ZigZag Project, activist Stacey Abrams explains her short-term strategies for sticking to her long-term goals and Manoush shares data from surveying thousands of listeners about making a big career change. The project wraps up with one last assignment and Manoush’s favorite messages from listeners. It’s a tear jerker.

    The ZigZag Project is six steps (and episodes) to help you map out a path that aligns your personal values with your professional ambitions. Think of it as a RESET for your career or business.

    Find the assignments, survey, newsletter and more at ZigZagPod.com

    • 26 min
    STEP 5: THE PATHS

    STEP 5: THE PATHS

    Today is Step 5 of The ZigZag Project, our six-step process to get you from wanting to make a big change in your life and work...to actually making a change, in a responsible and mindful way.

    Now, as we move from ideation into action, we're getting coaching from Columbia Business School professor, psychologist, and stress researcher Modupe Akinola. Modupe explains why rethinking the scary feelings that come with all big life transitions is crucial as you decide, with the help of this episode’s assignment, which of your ideas--your paths--to actively pursue.

    The ZigZag Project is six steps (and episodes) to help you map out a path that aligns your personal values with your professional ambitions. Think of it as a RESET for your career or business.

    Find the assignments, survey, newsletter and more at ZigZagPod.com

    • 22 min
    STEP 4: THE MATCH

    STEP 4: THE MATCH

    On this episode of The ZigZag Project, we move into a more practical phase and start asking hard questions like: What might you need to sacrifice, in order to align your values with your work? Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett shares a story about what she gave up as a young aide, working for the city of Chicago. Manoush gives her own example and asks listeners to try a strange (but proven) methodology to figure out what changes are worth pursuing.

    The ZigZag Project is six steps (and episodes) to help you map out a path that aligns your personal values with your professional ambitions. Think of it as a RESET for your career or business.

    Find the assignments, survey, newsletter and more at ZigZagPod.com

    • 16 min
    STEP 3: THE WEIRD IDEAS

    STEP 3: THE WEIRD IDEAS

    The third step of The ZigZag Project requires getting weird. Because we're gonna need to dig deep to find new ways to roll back climate change, bring equity to society, and pay our bills. If, after a year of lockdowns and stress, you feel drained at the thought, meet Rob Walker, author of The Art of Noticing. Rob has some unusual ways to inspire you to get creative and figure out your next job, business model, or project. Manoush turns Rob’s insight into this episode’s assignment: The Board of All Ideas, No Matter How Weird.

    The ZigZag Project is six steps (and episodes) to help you map out a path that aligns your personal values with your professional ambitions. Think of it as a RESET for your career or business.

    Find the assignments, survey, newsletter and more at ZigZagPod.com

    • 16 min
    STEP 2: THE VISION

    STEP 2: THE VISION

    Conflict resolution specialist Priya Parker joins Manoush to talk about visioning: Taking time out of our daily lives to clarify our professional and personal purpose. With 60% of the project’s beta testers reporting that work is an important part of their identity (and 25% saying they define themselves by the work they do), picturing the future is a particularly crucial step. Manoush shares instructions for listeners to conduct their own visioning lab, similar to the session she did with Priya years ago, but with a ZigZag twist.

    The ZigZag Project is six steps (and episodes) to help you map out a path that aligns your personal values with your professional ambitions. Think of it as a RESET for your career or business.

    Find the assignments, survey, newsletter and more at ZigZagPod.com

    • 16 min
    STEP 1: THE PULSE

    STEP 1: THE PULSE

    We’re doing something different this season…

    The ZigZag Project is six steps (and episodes) to help you map out a path that aligns your personal values with your professional ambitions. Think of it as a RESET for your career or business.

    In this first episode, host Manoush Zomorodi shares stories and data from the 150 listeners who volunteered to test the project. We also learn why change requires spending time in “the neutral zone,” from MIT Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein, and get our first assignment.

    Find the assignments, survey, newsletter and more at ZigZagPod.com.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

@MsReyna2 ,

Just what I needed

I started from the beginning a few weeks ago and I’ve loved each season in a different way. It was recommended by a mentor who must have known it was just what I needed at this point in my life and career. I’m sad to now be caught up on episodes but it’s time to move out of the neutral zone and start making a plan to take action. Consider pairing this podcast with a journaling routine if you’re into that because it’s been very insightful and growth-focused. Much love to Manoush (and Jen) for creating this beautiful piece of media!

al.11 ,

Manoush is the best

I love Zigzag, and I’ve loved all of Manoush’s previous projects. She has a wonderful balance of solid reporting and interactive projects. I particularly appreciate how she has a finger on the pulse of what is to come in business, tech, and human experience.

Private5477 ,

Effective, Fun and Enlightening!

I rarely write a review, but this podcast and especially the ZigZag project (Season 6) is so incredibly deserving of the best possible review. Manoush Zomorodi is compassionate and insightful. Each episode is a very digestible chunk about 20 minutes long. The assignments are easily relatable and simple and yet so eye-opening. The way the episodes and assignments build on each other is motivating and rewarding. This is exactly what I needed to help me process and focus all the feelings and ideas I have been tumbling around with this past year regarding a potential career transition. I am on episode / assignment 5 and so impressed with how helpful this has been for me. I have shared this with so many colleagues and friends who are going through similar transitions. What perfect timing! Thank you Manoush!

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