150 episodes

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.

The Dan Smolen Podcast Dan Smolen

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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.

    Hitting the Pause Button

    Hitting the Pause Button

    Dan Smolen is hitting the pause button on The Dan Smolen Podcast.

    When the podcast returns in Fall 2022, it will provide a more impactful interactive experience for career professionals.

    From the episode:

    "Given the success that the podcast has enjoyed during the past four years, I recognize that there is so much more for me to do, to further these discussions and make learning from them truly actionable. 



    I will strive to give career professionals—talent and hiring managers—the insight that they need to make sound decisions about their career development and workplace."

    Further:





    "The remote workplace technology that we now use to connect to one another—and to the world—has been in place for ten years or longer. But it took the Covid pandemic to allow us to unleash its full potential. And as we adapted to it, and applied its numerous benefits, millions of us began to question what it means to work: for sure, what our work entails, but also when, where, and how we do the work that we do."

    The Dan Smolen Podcast debuted in 2018. During that time, Dan has dropped 159 episodes focused on future of work and workplace topics.

    Hitting the pause button is necessary to return this fall with a new podcast experience that talent and hiring managers alike can use to navigate the future of work and workplace.



    While the podcast takes a hiatus, please check out our other episodes and blog posts.



    EPISODE DATE: June 10, 2022

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    • 2 min
    Starting a First Job of Many

    Starting a First Job of Many

    Dan Smolen recalls how starting a first job of many benefitted his professional career and informed a profound journey in the future of work:



    As the last of the graduation ceremonies conclude, America’s latest crop of entry-level workers is stressed out about connecting with work and career.

    I remember the experience well. And what I recall most was how I wanted my first assignment out of college to align me perfectly with my career goals of reaching the senior advertising agency management ranks.

    It was a fool’s errand.



    The Spring of 1983, my graduation season, ushered in one of the-worst job markets since the 1930s.

    Unemployment was terribly high. Like me, my peers struggled to connect to entry-level work. With each passing week of no returned phone calls, I fell into a depression.

    Main podcast segment starts at 3:09

    In this episode, Dan discusses:





    The chance meeting, at a Washington Post advertisers event, that got him to starting a first job of many.

    * How that first job taught him how to succeed in a corporate setting.

    * Turning a messy, analog magazine circulation file into a money making resource.

    * Leveraging first job skill, experience, and accomplishments to find a great ad agency position in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.



    Starting a first job of many provides young careerists the time and space they need to learn how to work, and make work part of a day doing other things.

    Main podcast segment starts at 3:09



    EPISODE DATE: June 3, 2022

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    • 8 min
    Should Careers Require a College Degree?

    Should Careers Require a College Degree?

    Future of Work Sherpa Dan Smolen asks: should careers require a college degree?

    As the graduating class of 2022 enters the workplace, many of its members will carry forward substantial student loan debt.

    And the son of one friend of mine amassed $250,000 in debt to earn his Bachelor's degree.



    That is a nightmare scenario.

    So how did we get to a nightmarish place where the college degree no longer ensures the American Dream?

    Truth be told, we got here, because of the Vietnam War.



    Main podcast segment starts at 2:54



    In this episode, Dan:



    * Recalls how American men got draft deferments when they earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

    * Describes how a bachelor's degree became a "must have" for everyone doing career professional work.

    * Laments how, in 2022, a college degree has been rendered a economic albatross.



    Main podcast segment starts at 2:54

    In the future of work, should careers require a college degree? Time will tell if the answer to that question remains "yes."

    EPISODE DATE: May 27, 2022

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    • 8 min
    Inciting a Workplace Revolution

    Inciting a Workplace Revolution

    Future of Work Sherpa Dan Smolen discusses inciting a workplace revolution with guest Vinny Tafuro.



    Vinny is the Founder of the Institute for Economic Evolution. He is also the author of two books, including Unlocking the Labor Cage.

    For those who study the future of work, this much is clear: we are in the midst of a workplace revolution. And career professionals are inciting it.

    After the past 40 years, during which shareholder value reigned supreme, stakeholder value is at last resonating in boardrooms. And people who work are taking their seats at the stakeholder table.



    Main podcast segment starts at 3:02



    In a wide ranging discussion, Vinny:



    * Describes the value proposition for the Institute for Economic Evolution. Starts at 4:30

    * Explains the origins of the over 150 year-old 8-hour workday. Starts at 7:22

    * Offers insight into how metric-driven managers can become thoughtful and intentional workplace leaders. Starts at 12:06

    * Discusses the importance of benefit corporations (B-Corps) in inciting a workplace revolution. Starts at 24:46

    * Lays out his future of work vision. Starts at 32:05



    What is more, Vinny offers this key driver for inciting a workplace revolution:

    "We're proving what really good leaders have always known: if you treat people well, you build up your organization holistically and create a culture that doesn't become toxic."

    Main podcast segment starts at 3:02



    About our guest:



    Vinny Tafuro is a visionary thinker, writer, entrepreneur, communications theorist, and economist. Vinny earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Tampa and is pursuing a Masters of Science in Foresight from the University of Houston. He lives and works in Tampa, Florida.



    EPISODE DATE: May 20, 2022







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    • 37 min
    Mastering Time for Future Work

    Mastering Time for Future Work

    Future of Work Sherpa Dan Smolen explores mastering time for future work with guest Kris Ward.



    Kris is the host of the Win the Hour, Win the Day Podcast. She counsels entrepreneurs on how to manage their time resources so that they become successful in work, but also in life.



    Main podcast segment starts at 3:02

    Time mastery is critical for success in the future of work.

    And to that end, Kris and Dan cover a lot of ground around time mastery including:



    * The unique value proposition for Win the Hour, Win the Day. Starts at 4:13

    * How the notion of working a lot of hours is believed to be good. Starts at 6:43

    * A deep dive into her "Super Tool Kit" and what makes it effective. Starts at 11:07

    * Why entrepreneurs and career professionals get jammed up with "time sucks." Starts at 12:01

    * Infrastruture in the future of work frame. Starts at 14:00

    * The ways quality of work and life improves with time mastery. Starts at 16:50

    * The powerful outcome of giving up tasks. Starts at 18:32

    * In a future of work frame, getting away from the notion that the amount of time expensed in work is everything. Starts at 24:15



    Mastering time for future work allows entrepreneurs and career professionals to thrive in work and life.

    Main podcast segment starts at 3:02



    About our guest:



    Kris Ward is a leading authority on scaling business and maximizing the resource of time. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ryerson University. Kris lives and works in the province of Ontario, Canada.



    EPISODE DATE: May 13, 2022







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    • 27 min
    Fostering Benefit for Future Work

    Fostering Benefit for Future Work

    Future of Work Sherpa Dan Smolen meets up with Randye Spina, to discuss fostering benefit for future work.

    Randye is the founder of Marketing on a Mission, LLC. And she is a self-described "business as a force for good champion."

    Her consultancy enables B-Corps and other entities to drive positive, purpose-driven brand attributes.

    Now, more than ever, career professionals want to work for companies that stand for noble purpose.

    Interestingly, as Randye points out, the first driver for benefit corporations is to empower their hired talent.



    Main podcast segment starts at 2:57



    In a wide ranging interview, Randye:



    * Defines the value proposition for Marketing on a Mission. Starts at 4:12

    * Describes the allure of becoming a benefit corporation or B-Corp. Starts at 8:00

    * Explains why companies and organizations should consider becoming a B-Corp. Starts at 11:42

    * Offers insight as to why career professionals are positively predisposed to B-Corps. Starts at 15:30

    * Considers how B-Corps create leverage with departing talent. Starts at 25:40



    Almost always, when fostering benefit for future work, companies can attract and retain the best people.

    Main podcast segment starts at 2:57



    About our guest:



    Randye Spina received a Bachelor of Business Arts from Pace University and an MBA from the University of Dallas. She lives and works in Southern Connecticut.



    EPISODE DATE: May 6, 2022







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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
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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