- Make Your Next Play Your Best Play

by Christine Zmuda and Muge Wood

Join Muge Wood and Christine Zmuda for kind and generous insights on how to live your best life after major and minor life transitions. We are all expected to live much longer, so why not live better? This starts with greater awareness of success strategies for the road ahead.. Whether you are working full time, part time or none of the time, there is something here for you to put you on a path of greater fulfillment and hap ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Thriving for and through others one safari at a time

    Thriving for and through others one safari at a time

    Today we meet with Sharon Warner, Entrepreneur and CEO of Moajaza Expeditions, a safari company in Tanzania. When most people are slowing down in their fifties, Sharon answered a calling to start a business on the other side of the world. The reason for starting this business was to positively impact the life of a man she had met while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Learn about Sharon's story and hear about the beautiful sites to be found when on safari. Key Takeaways: Treating others the way Sharon would want to be treated was the precipice for starting a business. Starting small, investing in self-education, and being good to yourself (mindfulness, self-reflections) is a great formula for successful entrepreneurship. To book a safari, visit (after June 1st the site is live!).

  • Thriving with Sustainability

    Thriving with Sustainability

    Join Muge and I for a thought-provoking episode which covers practical tips for the Sustainability. We tap into Muge's expertise as a Sustainability Leader for Microsoft. Learn about how the Global Food Network fed an additional 32M people by getting creative about the food reprocessing and distribution. Listen to the Sustainability practices that any of us can do. Try and adopt 1 or 2 to do your part to make the planet a cleaner and healthier place. Review John Oliver's video on Fast Fashion and how this impacts our environment.Fashion: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) ora more detailed view of "The True Cost" A Must-Watch Fast Fashion Documentary Is Now On Netflix - Fast Company

  • How to Speak So Others Listen

    How to Speak So Others Listen

    We review Julian Treasure's pointers on How to speak so that people want to listen." He discussed several key tools to improve communication and make speeches more engaging. It's not just how you say it but what you say. Julian shares his four-part analogy for speaking which he calls the HAIL Method. We'll provide a few examples of people who embody these characteristics for further reflection. For our listeners who want to go deeper on this topic: Julian Treasures Ted Talk which is just 10 minutes long can be seen here. Internalize some of the inspirational speakers who are examples of Honesty, Authenticity, Integrity, and Love. Leverage that inspiration and cross check your own planned talks for elements of the HAIL Method. Curate what you are ingesting digitally, audibly and through all your senses. It does make a difference to the quality of your life and those around you if you are surrounding yourselves with more positivity.

  • Episode 40: What Business Can Learn from Jazz and Improvisation

    Episode 40: What Business Can Learn from Jazz and Improvisation

    Drawing parallels between jazz improvisation and effective leadership, Frank Barnett has authored several influential books, including "Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz" and "The Power of Improvisation: Exploring the Lessons of Jazz in Work and Life." Muge and I discuss what businesses can learn from how jazz music is created. Takeaways for our listeners Take a listen to the 20 min Harvard Business Review podcast discussion. Reflect on how you can be both a better follower and a better leader. Frank Barrett: "Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz" ( Questions to consider: Do you leave enough room for improvisation in your work? Do you make time to "unlearn" what you know and allow others to bring forward ideas? Does your team exhibit the elements of effective followership? Effective followership involves individuals taking initiative, exercising autonomy, and contributing their unique talents and perspectives to achieve shared objectives. It's about embracing empowerment while still remaining aligned with the overarching goals and vision. For more on this topic also consider this book by Natalie Nixon

  •  Having Retirement Assets Doesn’t Mean You Have a Retirement Strategy

     Having Retirement Assets Doesn’t Mean You Have a Retirement Strategy

    In this podcast, we welcome back the financial team of Jim and Lisa Burns come back to provide our listeners with helpful information on planning beyond the accumulation of assets. Thinking about: Diversification Strategies Knowing your options on distributions and tax implications Creating, monitoring and communicating your strategy. There is much to think and act on in this informative discussion. You will want to listen and share this one! About Creative Financial Group: Jim and Lisa Burns, husband and wife team with CREATIVE Financial Group, help individuals, families, and business owners reach their financial goals by addressing their unique needs and designing solutions around those specific priorities. Jim has been an advisor with CREATIVE for 30 years and is Series 6 and 63 Securities licensed. Both Jim and Lisa hold their Life, Accident, and Health Insurance licenses. To learn more, please visit them online at or reach out directly at or “Securities and investment advisory services offered through qualified registered representatives of MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. 16 Campus Boulevard, Newtown Square, PA 19073. 610.325.6100. The views and opinions expressed are those of the program participants and are not necessarily those of MML Investors Services LLC. The material is not intended as recommendations appropriate for you. You should strongly consider seeking advice from your own investment professional. -- CRN202703-5954381”