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The Tightrope with Dan Smolen speaks to the hopes and dreams of professionals who seek success in meaningful work opportunities.

The Tightrope with Dan Smolen speaks to the hopes and dreams of professionals who seek success in meaningful work opportunities.
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The Tightrope with Dan Smolen speaks to the hopes and dreams of professionals who seek success in meaningful work opportunities.

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English

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The Design Thinker: Turning Childhood Dreams Into Business Success

10/26/2018
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Carla Fleming’s (@pivotingstratgs) gloriously happy childhood dreams of doing meaningful work included being a teacher, a doctor, and a journalist. To the casual observer, work dreams such as these seem disconnected. But not to Fleming, who says that, together, they pointed her to a career that’s all about solving difficult business problems: “A teacher helps you learn to be better, a doctor makes diagnoses to make you better, and the journalist figures out what’s going on.” These, Fleming...

Duration:00:40:38

Third Act By 28: One Man's Unusual Journey to do Meaningful Work (Part 2)

10/19/2018
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Few of us can tell a personal career story as dramatic and ever-changing as Michael Shochet. After college, he became one of the youngest TV news reporters in Baltimore before pivoting to police work. But, Shochet was hardly settled on patrolling the streets of one of America’s most crime-ridden cities. Extreme on-the-job stress and PTSD sent him soul-searching. The work he eventually embraced, that of a cantor in Reform Judaism and police chaplain, would redefine his life and bring him...

Duration:00:32:05

Third Act By 28: One Man's Unusual Journey to do Meaningful Work (Part 1)

10/12/2018
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Few can tell a personal career story as dramatic and ever-changing as Michael Shochet. As an ambitious high school student from an affluent Baltimore suburb, Shochet became “enthralled” with television production and news reporting. And soon after college graduation, he became a reporter for Baltimore’s NBC affiliate. But the excitement of on-air reporting turned to agitation. Shochet wanted to help people through his work, but he felt that the “if it bleeds it leads” stories that his bosses...

Duration:00:35:16

Beautiful Dreams: What Did You Want to be When You Grew Up?

10/5/2018
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When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? What were your dreams of doing meaningful work? In this special episode of The Tightrope with Dan Smolen podcast, we ask these questions which are so central to our personal narratives, but also to our pursuit of happiness. You will discover the beautiful dreams of some of our season’s guests, like: Charles Glassman who knew early on that he wanted to be a doctor; Richard Ezike who saw himself building beautiful buildings and...

Duration:00:03:54

The Experience Shaper: How One Performance Expert is Transforming HOW We Work (Part 2)

9/28/2018
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Performance reviews are a staple of the workforce. Companies use them to measure a worker’s job skill, set salary levels, and establish future goals. But they are also often ill-timed and poorly conceived, set out to accomplish too much, and leave both parties—the hired talent and the hiring manager—reeling. In this second part of a two-part episode, corporate performance expert and “experience shaper” Adrienne Shoch shows us how we can radically transform the performance review process so...

Duration:00:31:35

The Experience Shaper: How One Performance Expert is Transforming HOW We Work (Part 1)

9/21/2018
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Early in life, she knew that her mind worked differently than the other kids. She knew she was dyslexic. But she also knew that she was very smart. And her parents fully supported her dreams and life journey, with mom telling her, “just have fun, just go out and enjoy your day.” In this first part of a two-part episode, corporate performance expert and “experience shaper” Adrienne Shoch describes how she turned difficult early life challenges into an extraordinary ability “to see things...

Duration:00:35:35

Transportation Equity: How One Scientist Works to Reengineer the Quality of Urban Life

9/14/2018
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Transportation access remains one of the most important issues affecting American urban life. And yet, many commuters—especially those who live in affluent suburbs and exurbs—remain woefully unaware that many of their urban counterparts are deprived access to the full array of mobility choices. Such transportation inequity means that a resident in the inner city would require a painstakingly long commute to work at a job, acquire healthcare, shop, or attend school. In this episode, Richard...

Duration:00:34:30

Discovering Yourself: ‘Knowing Your Myers-Briggs Type’ Opens Gateways to Meaningful Work

9/7/2018
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How might your life have been different if you had deliberately chosen work and career opportunities that aligned expressly with your personality type preferences? Would you have been happier and more satisfied with the work you chose to do, the life you led, and the people you sought out in your everyday experiences? If you could go back in time to do work that was more meaningful than you are accustomed, would you? In this episode, veteran career coach Edythe Richards (@edythe_richards)...

Duration:00:39:29

Reimagining The American Dream: How Today’s College Grads Measure Success

11/3/2017
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The American Dream has rapidly unraveled. With our earning power plummeting and costs—such as housing, healthcare, and college tuition—spiraling upward, working Americans no longer aspire to the lifelong pursuit of upward mobility. Now, we strive just to stay afloat. Nowhere is this profound change more evident than on the campuses of American colleges and universities. Listen to how Wells College president Dr Jonathan Gibralter describes how he and his institution are changing the paradigm....

Duration:00:22:29

Starting Small: How One Small College Leads Sustainability’s Big Future

11/3/2017
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Big and transformative sustainability careers are often born on college campuses. In this episode of The Tightrope with Dan Smolen, we sit down with Dr Jonathan Gibralter, the president of remarkably small (less than 500 students) Wells College, which is guiding so many of its graduates to big, important careers in the environment and resource sustainability. Learn more at www.wells.edu. Follow The Tightrope with Dan Smolen podcast on Twitter @DanSmolen and via our website at dansmolen.com.

Duration:00:18:39

Reporting Fact and Speaking Truth to Power

5/11/2017
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Learn how Jim Pierobon, a successful environmental affairs and sustainability business reporter, speaks truth to power in an era when so many aspects of government--including the EPA--are under assault. Discover Jim's curated clean energy website at http://southeastenergynews.com. Follow The Tightrope with Dan Smolen podcast on Twitter @DanSmolen and via our website at dansmolen.com.

Duration:00:36:25

What is Happening to Work?

5/1/2017
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What is happening to work? Answering that question, Dr David Jacobs, a leading U.S. labor historian and professor of business, history, and sustainability at Morgan State University in Maryland, takes us through the changes that have transformed the work that we do. Despite so much disruption the workforce that has left millions of Americans long-term unemployed and underemployed, there are positive signs for the future of work. Follow The Tightrope with Dan Smolen podcast on Twitter...

Duration:02:33:52

From College Internship to Sustainability Career

4/21/2017
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One Philadelphia-based entity is turning the college internship experience upside-down. And in doing so, it is transforming hundreds of soon-to-be grads into successful sustainability business executives. We meet Brady Halligan, a senior GREEN PROGRAM executive, who takes us to the program's much sought after global destinations--Iceland, Peru, Japan, Hawaii, et. al.--and describes his own pivot into sustainability and meaningful work. Learn more about The Green Program at...

Duration:01:00:44