Monthly Archives: November 2019

Doctor on Meaningful Work Mission

As Coach MD, Charles Glassman is a doctor on a meaningful work mission

About this episode:

I told my [high school] advisor that I was thinking of going into medicine. Well, he kind of paused as he said: ‘Look, medicine is a really tough field. Maybe you ought to think of something different?’ And when he said that, that made me decide—no matter what—I WAS GOING TO DO IT.”

Charles Glassman, MD

With grit and determination, Charles Glassman, MD has achieved success as a gifted physician, published author, and globally recognized thought-leader in the study of wellness.

Charles Glassman, MD: a doctor on a meaningful work mission

In a portion of this episode, originally streamed on The Tightrope in September 2019, Dr. Glassman:

  • Takes us back to high school and the experience he had with that skeptical guidance counselor [starts at 5:12]
  • Describes his nerve-racking decision to ditch the traditional fee-for-service patient care arrangement [starts at 10:16]
  • Provides insight on what truly makes people sick [starts at 20:26]
  • Discusses the importance of meaningfulness and the pursuit of meaningful work [starts at 28:16]
  • Reveals his exciting new work chapter [starts at 40:43]

About our guest: From the time of his youth, Charles Glassman discovered that close friends sought and appreciated his advice. As a board-certified internal medicine doctor, and now as a well-recognized author and thought-leader, he finds his greatest purpose in empowering thousands of people around the globe to seek better health outcomes and more meaningful lives.

On November 22, 2019, he retired from his concierge medical practice to pursue new and exciting career opportunities.

Charles Glassman received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and his M.D. from New York Medical College.

EPISODE DATE: November 29, 2019

Dr. Glassman’s books include:

Brain Drain: The Breakthrough that will Change Your Life (

Fake News Stories by Your Brain (FREE E-Book)

Dr. Glassman’s social media:

Coach MD Website

Coach MD YouTube Channel

Coach MD Facebook Page

Coach MD Twitter Page

City Strives for Meaningful Work

Bridgeport: City Strives for Meaningful Work.

About this episode:

“We are in a global race for innovation, and, if we do not prepare—and we can’t wait for kids to graduate high school and college—we need that work now.”

– Career coach and entrepreneur Natalie Pryce

The city of Bridgeport—the second largest in the state of Connecticut—was once an industrial powerhouse. Fueled by New Deal-era federal investment, Bridgeport became home to companies that supported our armed forces during World War II. After the war, and through the mid-1960s, Bridgeport needed so much skilled labor that people arrived from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico to live and work there.

But, in the 1970s, Bridgeport fell into despair. Companies left town and took most of the skilled jobs with them. Whole blocks of the city’s industrial center closed down and high unemployment followed. And, adding insult to injury, Bridgeport lost a thriving downtown where new businesses could start up and restaurants and other attractions could drive a civic renaissance.

Bridgeport: City Strives for Meaningful Work

In their book, Healing American Democracy: Going Local, authors Mike Hais, Doug Ross, and Morley Winograd describe how constitutional localism is moving decision-making and governing authority away from Washington to our cities. The result? Our localities are beginning to thrive, businesses are succeeding where—for decades—they had previously failed. Best of all, cities and small communities are becoming places where people want to live and do meaningful work. In a segment not previously streamed on The Tightrope podcast, Doug and Morley describe how Bridgeport is one of many American cities that is going local to again make it an attractive place to live and work.

We also meet a young entrepreneur who has her own take on Bridgeport’s efforts at driving localism. Career counselor and business owner Natalie Pryce describes some of the challenges the city continues to face for it to again be a thriving and scaling business and residential community.

In this podcast episode:

  • Doug and Morley describe Bridgeport’s steps at achieving localism [starts at 3:15]
  • Natalie offers her sobering perspective on Bridgeport’s localism efforts [starts at 9:30]

About our guests:

Doug Ross and Morley Winograd are nationally known and respected political practitioners who cross solid data and wishful thinking to paint a hopeful portrait of America based on the idea of constitutional localism.

Ross was a state senator from Michigan and a U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. Winograd was a Michigan state political party chair and White House Senior Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore. Along with their co-author Mike Hais, they’ve written six books between them.

The authors have appeared as guests on CNN, The Today Show, PBS News Hour, and Univision. They have also been featured in stories in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, USA Today, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Natalie Pryce is a self-described introvert who by her own admission did not fair well in grade school. Yet, she learned grit by playing outdoor sports with the boys is her neighborhood, and, early computer coding with her brother. She fought against all of the obstacles of her youth to become a bold and engaging TedX speaker, a trailblazing entrepreneur, and a passionate career coach who successfully reengages downsized work professionals, at a rate exceeding 90 percent. Natalie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Central Connecticut State University. She lives and works in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

EPISODE DATE: November 22, 2019

Doug and Morley’ social media:

Healing American Democracy: Going Local

Book website

Natalie’s social media:


LinkedIn page

Queen of the Millennials: One Leadership Coach’s Passion for Gen Y Empowers America’s Intergenerational Workforce

Queen of the Millennials: One Leadership Coach’s Passion for Gen Y Empowers America’s Intergenerational Workforce

About this episode:

“At the end of the first group that I had, we were wrapping up and we’re saying goodbye. One of them said, ‘you’re the only one who likes us, no one in the company likes us … you are like the Queen of the Millennials!’ And I was like—DING!!!—and I went on GoDaddy and got that URL!”

– Leadership Coach Nicole Rousseau

Nicole Rousseau is not a Millennial. And yet the “Queen of the Millennials,” as she is known within the leadership coaching ranks, is successfully empowering people from all demographic cohorts to learn from and embrace the generation that now comprises the largest part of the American workforce.

A former corporate executive with deep experience in leadership and training, Nicole’s current mission is to help management in companies successfully harness their Millennial workers’ buoyant energy and collaborative working style, for those companies that channel Millennials’ skills and perspectives well will succeed while others that don’t will be left in the dust heap of change.

In this episode, Nicole discusses:

  • Her childhood dreams of doing meaningful work [starts at 3:35]
  • Her pivot into corporate sustainability and overcoming a fear of public speaking [starts at 16:55]
  • Experiencing layoffs and how that actually changed her life for the better [starts at 23:36]
  • Becoming the Queen of the Millennials and how she helps multigenerational companies thrive [starts at 27:22]
  • How Millennials have changed work [starts at 38:11]
  • What makes the work that she does meaningful [starts at 42:52]
  • Her deep interest in Localism and the Maker Movement [starts at 45:19]
  • Her thoughts on the future of work [starts at 51:15]

About our guest: As a kid growing up in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Nicole Rousseau dreamed about doing work that helped people and community. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College, an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and Professional Coaching certification from Columbia University. Nicole splits her time between New York City and Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

EPISODE DATE: November 15, 2019

Social media:

Queen of the Millennials Website

Coachable Solutions Website

Instagram Page

LinkedIn Page

Stand Up: Comedy Connects Veterans to Beautiful Dreams and Meaningful Work

Stand Up: Comedy Connects Veterans to Beautiful Dreams and Meaningful Work

About this episode:

 “It was very interesting to come into a fully formed class that has a clear way of getting you from ‘you think that you are funny?’ to ‘how does that translate on stage for five minutes?’”

– US Army veteran and ASAP comedian Monica Daly

Typical hard-working Americans often do work that becomes devoid of meaning…and good humor. According to the Gallup Organization, 66 percent of the American workforce is not engaged at work: their jobs and management structures change often; work that they do becomes directionless; assignment objectives are vague, and; their workplaces turn toxic causing some people in them to suffer mental, emotional, and physical illness.

Consider that last impact. Can you imagine how difficult the quest for meaningful work must be for active military service members, veterans, military families, and caregivers?

That is why the Armed Services Arts Partnership or ASAP is such a game-changer. This nonprofit organization based in the Washington, DC area uses the arts—and in particular stand up comedy—to empower people to connect with beautiful dreams and meaningful work.

ASAP cultivates community and growth among veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers through the arts. But their real impact is in liberating people from fear, pain, and loss, to get them to a place of joy and empowerment. People who have benefitted from ASAP training and programming use their newfound creativity to confidently express themselves and their purpose, and find greater success and happiness in life and work. ASAP programming is available in the Washington DC metropolitan area as well as in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

To learn more, we sat down with executive director Brian Jenkins at ASAP’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. We also meet with Monica Daly who, along with other veterans, performed a five-minute stand-up comedy set before a live audience at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia.

During this episode, you will discover:

  • Comedian and US Army veteran Dewayne White [starting at 0:01]
  • What the Armed Services Arts Partnership is about [starting at 2:41]
  • Comedian Monica Daly’s take on ASAP and the benefits that it provides her [starts at 7:22]
  • Important research study insight that demonstrates ASAP’s benefits [starts at 15:22]
  • What participants may expect during their stand-up comedy training program [starts at 18:22]
  • Comedian and US Coast Guard member Noah Miller [starts at 22:28]
  • Brian Jenkins’ earliest work dreams and his introduction to ASAP [starts at 23:37]
  • Comedian and US Army veteran Claudia Arceo [starts at 29:28]
  • Comedian and US Air Force veteran Vinny Lombardi [starts at 30:33]

About our guests:

Brian Jenkins received a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. His life path, which aligned with community building and social responsibility, prepared him well to be the Executive Director of the Armed Services Arts Partnership. Brian lives in Northern Virginia.

Monica Daly grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs of Northern Virginia and is a US Army veteran. A member of the federal government workforce, she is settling into a new assignment based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Before agreeing to relocate to Indianapolis, Monica made sure that there were plenty of comedy clubs for her to play.

EPISODE DATE: November 8, 2019

Social media:

ASAP website





Turn Businesses into Benefit Brands

To B or Not to B: A Nature Lover Turns Businesses into Benefit-Driven Brands

About this episode:

“[They’ve got some stuff] that makes good headlines on sustainability, but it is not moving many at all on the speed of urgency.”

– Jen Boyton, regarding her decision to “break up” with

As a young child growing up in rustic New Hampshire, Jen Boynton discovered the joys of nature. Play for her and her siblings was dirty, lots of sticks and stones…and mud.

In 2007, she helped to launch and scale Triple Pundit which grew to become one of largest sources of news and information in the sustainability and social responsibility sectors.

Then in 2018, after exiting Triple Pundit, she founded BTargetedMarketing, a marketing services company based in San Diego that maximizes the localistic impacts of for-profit and non-profit brands and the people who work for them.

In this podcast episode, you will discover her:

  • Early childhood work dreams [starts at 3:00]
  • Unconventional schooling experience [starts at 5:44]
  • Pivot into the business world [starts at 18:49]
  • Business philosophy for BTargetedMarketing [starts at 23:54]
  • Breakup with Amazon [starts at 30:04]

About our Guest

From early on, Jen Boynton’s life path aligned with nature and community. And family dinner table conversations revolved around current events and politics. Jen’s passion for the natural world and social responsibility continues to this day through her innovative business, BTargetedMarketing.

Jen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pitzer College and an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio School of Management. She and her family live in San Diego, California.

EPISODE DATE: November 1, 2019

Published work:

Why I’m Breaking Up with Amazon

Social media:


Twitter Page