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Our mission on this podcast is to help people like you to find and do work that is profound, protects the planet, empowers people and communities, and is fun to do. Here, you will meet and be inspired by amazing people who overcame great odds. You'll discover what sparked them, how they explored work opportunities, the strategies that they employed to ensure career success, and the actions that they boldly took to make it all happen. You'll also meet esteemed and nationally recognized thought-leaders who are helping people like you to develop work skill, experience, and leadership, and seize opportunity from a changing world, so that your beautiful work dreams turn into reality. Together, let's turn work meaningful, for meaningful work IS the future of work.

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Our mission on this podcast is to help people like you to find and do work that is profound, protects the planet, empowers people and communities, and is fun to do. Here, you will meet and be inspired by amazing people who overcame great odds. You'll discover what sparked them, how they explored work opportunities, the strategies that they employed to ensure career success, and the actions that they boldly took to make it all happen. You'll also meet esteemed and nationally recognized thought-leaders who are helping people like you to develop work skill, experience, and leadership, and seize opportunity from a changing world, so that your beautiful work dreams turn into reality. Together, let's turn work meaningful, for meaningful work IS the future of work.

    Project Leadership Drives Future Work

    Project Leadership Drives Future Work

    For many in the active workforce, project leadership drives future work.



    As dramatic shifts in work behavior unfolded during the pandemic, one key insight popped out as truly meaningful.

    Project leadership drives future work.

    To help us explore the growing importance of project leadership, we turn to Rich Maltzman for guidance. He is a master lecturer of project management at Boston University's Metropolitan College.

    Rich is also one of the world's leading authorities on project management, and, the co-author of two "green" project management books that help people and companies embrace the triple-bottom-line and positive social impacts.

    In this episode, we explore the work of a project manager. We also discuss how project management skills empower people to be more intentional, regardless of the job title that they possess.

    As we emerge from pandemic lockdown, project leadership will drive future work and enable people to own their express contributions to their team's and organization's success.

    Interview starts at 2:23



    About our guest:



    Rich Maltzman is a master lecturer of administrative sciences at Boston University's Metropolitan College. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters of Science from Purdue University. Rich lives and works outside of Boston, Massachusetts.



    EPISODE DATE: June 18, 2021



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    - ProjectManagement.com - People, Planet, Profits and Projects Blog



    - Green Project Management by Richard Maltzman and David Shirley



    - Project Workflow Management: A Business Process Approach by Dan Epstein and Rich Maltzman

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    • 42 min
    Practical Philosophy for Future Work

    Practical Philosophy for Future Work

    Cristina DiGiacomo applies practical philosophy for future work benefit.

    An author, podcaster, and practical philosopher, Cristina draws on ancient insight to help people solve contemporary problems. And as the founder of MorAlchemy, she guides people to lead happier, more purposed lives doing meaningful work.

    Skeptics may not recognize the immediate value of practical philosophy for future work. But, for every stressor, difficult workplace relationship, and vexing business problem Cristina says:

    "There's a philosophy for that."

    In this episode, Cristina describes:



    * Her work through MorAlchemy and the idea of practical philosophy. Starts at 2:22

    * How she gets "high flyers" to settle their minds to embrace practical philosophy. Starts at 6:03

    * Overcoming skepticism. Starts at 10:33

    * Her reaction to Adam Grant's article on languishing, and ways that practical philosophy helps to overcome languishing. Starts at 13:21

    * Participating in the collective goal of humanity. Starts at 19:39



    Full interview starts at 2:11

    Cristina demystifies the role of practical philosophy for future work. She says:

    "Things like the handshake were born out of philosophical ideas. The norms that we take for granted in our society, of how we should interact with each other, all come from philosophy."

    About our guest:



    Cristina DiGiacomo earned a Bachelors of Science in Communications from the State University of New York at Albany and a Masters of Science in Organizational Change Management from New School University. She lives and works in New York City.



    EPISODE DATE: June 11, 2021



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    • 28 min
    Swaying to the Future of Work

    Swaying to the Future of Work

    Career professionals are swaying to the future of work, to thrive in their roles and workplaces.



    During 2020, the intense stressors of remote work sent many professionals to a panic state. But 17 months since the pandemic started, those professionals may now languish. They handle their responsibilities well and don't feel despair, but they don't necessarily thrive.

    According to workplace futurist Denise Brouder, swaying to the future of work helps people remain effective on the job...and joyful.

    Denise is also the co-founder of SWAY. Throughout the pandemic, she and her team gathered insight to understand how professionals adjusted to their highly disrupted workplaces.



    In this episode, Denise discusses:



    * SWAY and its unique benefit to people who work. Starts at 3:33

    * The reintroduction to the workplace and the benefits of working from anywhere. Starts at 6:04

    * The feeling of languishing that many who work endure. Starts at 8:33

    * Traditional "command and control" management styles that don't align with future of work. Starts at 14:56

    * Gendered aspects of return to work. Starts at 16:52

    * The need for hiring managers to "check in" with their people. Starts at 23:31



    Full interview starts at 3:23

    Swaying to the future of work is personal. And Denise Brouder and the team at SWAY are helping to make work a joyful part of the day--and not the entire day.

    About our guest:



    Denise Brouder earned a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Limerick and an MBA in International Finance from Fordham University. She lives and works in the New York City suburbs of New Jersey.



    EPISODE DATE: June 4, 2021



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    • 30 min
    Act on Future Work Opportunities

    Act on Future Work Opportunities

    When we act on future work opportunities, we help make our career dreams come true.

    Paired with dreams, exploration, and strategy, action helps us to achieve career success. These four components weave together like DNA, in countless combinations, to create a pathway for people to seek and do meaningful work.

    In this episode, Dan Smolen recalls how his early career ambition benefitted from a big relocation:

    "My first big career break also fulfilled the desire that my wife and I had to move to an interesting but far away part of the country. We were East Coasters. And my first agency job relocated us to Minneapolis."

    Seizing career advancement opportunities has served Dan well across all four of his career acts.

    In this episode, Dan also recalls how a 20-year role in executive search exposed him to people who jumped at sudden career opportunities out of basic need. In other words, they needed immediate cash-flow to survive. Still, when money and volatility are not career-change drivers, some people act impulsively...because, that's what they do.



    Also in this episode, we meet Marti Konstant of Konstant Change. Marti is a workplace futurist who helps people employ agility to succeed in the future of work. In this interview segment, she and Dan discuss working from anywhere. Discussion starts here: 9:46



    About our guest:



    Marti Konstant is an author, consultant, and globally recognized workplace futurist. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Marti lives and works in Chicago.



    EPISODE DATE: May 28, 2021



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    • 17 min
    Strategize for Future Work Success

    Strategize for Future Work Success

    Strategize for your future work success to find and do the work of your dreams.

    Paired with dreams, exploration, and action, strategy helps us to achieve career success. These four components weave together like DNA, in countless combinations, to create a pathway for people to seek and do meaningful work.

    In this episode, Dan Smolen recalls an experience from his junior year of college. Back then, he engaged with Associate Professor of Advertising Howard Cogan. Howard was also a successful advertising executive who wrote, voiced, and produced radio commercials. As Dan's mentor, Howard encouraged Dan to pursue opportunities in a channel of advertising agency work called direct marketing.

    Dan recalls Howard's sage advice to strategize for future work success:

    "You're going too need to get strategic about your career. [It looks like] you may not find your opportunity on the agency side quickly. But, perhaps you can find an entry-level assignment that's close enough and allows you to develop direct marketing skills and talents that you will need in agency life."

    Two years into that first role, Dan had proven himself to be an on-the-job success. And the skill and experience he gained helped him land a dream agency assignment in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He was just 24 years old.



    Also in this episode:



    Dan speaks with Rich Gee of Rich Gee High Performance Coaching. As a nationally recognized career coach, Rich helps his clients get strategic in their career development so they may achieve phenomenal success. Interview starts at 11:47

    When you strategize for future work success, your career dreams can come true.

    About our guest:



    Rich Gee was a successful executive in the market research space before finding his bliss as a nationally recognized career coach and principal of Rich Gee High Performance Coaching. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Ripon College and certification from Coach University. Rich lives and works in Stamford, Connecticut.



    EPISODE DATE: May 21, 2021



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    • 25 min
    Explore Future Work Opportunities

    Explore Future Work Opportunities

    Explore future work opportunities to live your dreams of doing meaningful work.

    Paired with dreams, strategy, and action, exploration helps us to achieve career success. These four components weave together like DNA, in countless combinations, to create a pathway for people to seek and do meaningful work.

    In this episode, Dan recalls the impact of Seventh Grade Career Day on his lifetime of work. And his guest, Professor Anne Holton of George Mason University, provides thought-leadership on how early career education can become truly meaningful. Interview starts at 12:23

    Dan describes the positive impact of his first career mentor:

    "[My career exploration] got its first traction because of [TV broadcast executive and former kid's show star] Hal Shaw. Mr. Shaw was the first mentor of many to encourage me to develop my writing skills and, in high school get involved in journalism."

    When he explored future work opportunities, Dan got closer to his dreams of doing meaningful work.

    About our guest:



    Anne Holton grew up in a family committed to public service. Her father, Linwood Holton, is a former governor of Virginia. During her successful career, Anne served as:



    * Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge for the City of Richmond, Virginia (1996-98);

    * Virginia’s First Lady when her husband, Tim Kaine, was governor (2006-2009);

    * Virginia’s Secretary of Education (2014-2016), and:

    * Interim President of George Mason University (2019-2020).



    Currently, she is Professor of Public Policy and Education for GMU’s Schar School of Policy and Government.



    Anne earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and a Juris Doctorate from the Harvard University School of Law. She and her husband, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, reside in Richmond, Virginia.



    EPISODE DATE: May 14, 2021



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    – GMU Schar School Website



    – Professor Anne Holton's Twitter Page



    – Professor Anne Holton's Full Podcast Episode Appearance (September 25, 2020)

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Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

JCReview17 ,

Exceptional Podcast

The Tightrope Podcast takes listeners on relevant journeys to meet thought leaders who share their methods for achieving ‘meaningful work’. In each episode, Dan poses thought provoking questions for the guest and the conversation flows from there. He’s an empathetic listener who guides the conversation to help us see the world through other’s eyes and how they navigated their own successful business ventures or supported others on their own career paths. I recommend that you tune into the Tightrope Podcast while driving to work!

USNA67 ,

Experience Shaper

Dan Smolen continues to find insightful guests and his interviews get to the core of issues critical to leadership, motivation and the continually changing workplace.
Thanks Dan and keep up the good work. You’re making me a better leader and manager...two completely separate topics!

Jewel-jd ,

Entertaining, thought-provoking and well produced

The featured guests are well chosen for their point of views and insights on career pathways. Thank you!

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