Monthly Archives: January 2020

Instill Nurturing Workforce Culture

With Nicole Rousseau, we discuss how to instill nurturing workforce culture.

About this episode:

Nicole Rousseau has made it her mission to help people in the workplace thrive. During a Fall 2019 appearance on The Tightrope Podcast, Nicole described how she helps people and hiring managers work effectively and happily to scale revenues, but also to make the work that they do more meaningful. She has been so particularly effective in her work that clients dubbed her the Queen of the Millennials—it is a hat-tip to her uncanny ability to empower members of the American workforce’s largest cohort. Without hesitation, she took that title and proudly made it her professional brand.

Instilling a Nurturing Workforce Culture 

Nicole returns to The Tightrope Podcast to discuss the role of nurturing in the workplace; hiring managers, she says, must look beyond their revenue targets to fulfill the emotional needs of their workplace talent. We spoke in January 2020, over Skype, from her family home in Western Massachusetts.

In the news: 

Reflecting on a difficult week in the news that included the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant, we discuss deliberately pursuing second-act careers to do well, but also to do good for the world, our neighbors, and lots of people that we may never meet.

About our guest:

As a kid growing up in the Berkshires, Nicole Rousseau dreamed about helping people and her 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: January 31, 2020

Social Media:

Queen of the Millennials Website

Coachable Solutions Website

Instagram Page

LinkedIn Page

Guiding Entrepreneurs to Conscious Leadership

One thought-leader is guiding entrepreneurs to conscious leadership.

In this episode:

Jake Mitchell, the founder of consultancy Serenity Labs, says that impact entrepreneurs tend to give all of their energy towards making a positive difference in the world, among people, and their communities. But, he also asks: how can those same impact entrepreneurs change the world for the better when they are totally drained?

Guiding entrepreneurs to conscious leadership is Jake Mitchell’s mission.

It’s an important question—one that Jake is not letting go unaddressed. He works with people to help them to achieve goals that go well beyond building revenue scale to mindful pursuits. And among those goals: to carve out considerable time during the day to escape work and do something joyful.

For Jake, joyfulness comes from the precious time he spends with his girlfriend and playing Disc Golf.

To extend his considerable thought-leadership, Jake speaks to a global audience as host of The Conscious Leader Podcast. Each week, he interviews a wide range of thought-leaders—in business, academia, and the healing arts—who serve humanity.

About our guest:

As a young child, Jake Mitchell thought that he would become a professional baseball player. But, it was when he dreamt at night that he pondered the meaning of the universe. Jake earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Skidmore College. In the years after graduation, he became a New York-based film producer. Then, he relocated to Boulder, Colorado where he brings the same deep well of creativity and passion to his work guiding and empowering impact entrepreneurs.

EPISODE DATE: January 24, 2020

Social Media:

Serenity Labs Website

The Conscious Leader Podcast

Instagram Page

LinkedIn Page

A Londoner Works in Recruiting and Radio

We explore a Londoner’s work in recruiting and radio.

About this episode:

We go across-the-pond to chat with Russell White, a London-based executive recruiter who doubles as a radio host representing 1970s-era Disco music. Russ recounts his considerable success placing professional talent in executive roles in United Kingdom and European Union companies, and, offers his surprisingly positive post-Brexit outlook for people seeking work.

But, it is during evening hours behind a radio station microphone where he truly discovers the meaningful work of his dreams.

In a Londoner works in recruiting and radio, Russell discusses:

  • Executive recruitment in the UK and EU including the anticipated effect of Brexit. Starts at 5:43
  • Being “Retro Russ” on Delite Radio. Starts at 35:26
  • His thoughts on doing meaningful work. Starts at 49:10

In the News:

Mid-January 2020 marked an epochal moment in American labor history as women became the majority of the active workforce. While their newfound majority will create some positive market-driven dynamics, we believe that women still need the protection of new state and federal laws too fully achieve income equality and proper family leave benefits.

About our guest:

Russell White is a veteran executive recruiter and the managing partner of London-based Premier Consultants which places people in a variety of senior-level marketing job assignments. Also, he is known around the globe as “Retro Russ,” presenting 1970s Disco music on Delite Radio. Russell earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Business Studies from Middlesex University. He lives and works in London, England.

EPISODE DATE: January 17, 2020

Social Media:

Premier Consultants

Delite Radio

Discolicious on Delite Radio with Retro Russ




Apply Science and Empathy for Work

Adrienne Schoch discusses how to apply science and empathy for work.

About this episode:

If you are committed to finding meaningful work in the new year, then we urge you to consider an internship. We discuss why they are not just for career-focused college students; internships help mid-career professionals to seek meaningful work.

Also in this “between the seasons” episode, we meet Adrienne Shoch of 5 to 1 Consulting who describes steps needed to apply science and empathy for work. She is an industry recognized expert on neuro-centricity. Major corporations and organizations hire Adrienne to ensure that their people work efficiently, but also in a way that fosters their mutual support and respect. We also discuss empathetic recruiting, how it helps people to find meaningful work, and changes how they get hired.

About our guest:

Adrienne Shoch is the founder of 5 to 1 Consulting. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Towson University and studied at University of Paris – Sorbonne, and, the Neuroleadership Institute. Adrienne lives and works in Washington, D.C.

EPISODE DATE: January 10, 2020

Adrienne’s social media:

5 to 1 Consulting Website

Adrienne Shoch LinkedIn Page

The GREEN Program:

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Designing the User Experience

A discussion of how we went about designing the user experience for with Gresham Harkless, Jr.

About this episode:

In the first of our “between the seasons” episodes, we ring in 2020 with New Year’s resolutions—particularly the ones in which people set out to find a new job. According to an Inc. Magazine survey, 16 percent or nearly 53 million of us will seek a new job this year. It surprises us that the number is not higher; the Gallup Organization reports that 66 percent, or 145 million American workers, find work to be, to some degree, meaningless.

Designing the user experience for future of work and meaningful work thought-leadership.

Also in this episode we meet Gresham Harkless, Jr. of Blue16 Media. Along with our Tightrope Podcast co-producer Carla A. Fleming, Gresh completely reimagined the website to provide our followers a phenomenal user experience, to fully explore all of our content: podcast episodes, blog posts, and work-related thought-leadership. Most important, Gresh takes us through the critical design thinking that went into launching the new site.

About our guest:

Gresham Harkless, Jr. creates dazzling multimedia presences for his Blue16 Media clients. He also produces and hosts the I AM CEO and CB Nation podcasts. Gresh is a native of the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. where, as a kid, he built his own kit computers, He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Howard University, and a Masters of Science in Sports Management from George Washington University.

EPISODE DATE: January 3, 2020

Social Media:

Blue16 Media Website

CB Nation

I AM CEO Podcast

Progreshion Website