Changing the course of a 45,000 person corporation seems a daunting task, yet Dan Pontefract and his team did just that. Dan is the best selling author of two books on culture change, a regular TED speaker and the leader of the transformation office within TELUS Communication. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay, he explains why culture change is an ultra-marathon and not a light switch, how business metrics are impacted by culture, and why windows are important to leaders. Plus, Dan reveals what the company 3M did in the 1940s to become a cultural powerhouse, and how any company today can follow their lead.Read More
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Are you a leader who is always looking to take your game to the next level? Maybe you’re new to leadership or aspiring to become a leader? This podcast is for self-motivated and growth-oriented current and future leaders who want actionable, results-oriented insight and advice on how to take their leadership, communication, and people skills to the next level and become the kind of leader people *want* to follow.
This week on the TalentGrow Show our guest is Meredith Bell, the co-founder and president of Performance Support Systems, a global software company. Meredith is passionate about helping leaders to develop strong, healthy, solid relationships that stand the test of time. On today’s episode, Meredith shares with host Halelly Azulay ways to impact company culture through change. She discusses why it’s hard to change long-held habits and how to rewire the brain to make new habits stick. Meredith also describes a specific series of coaching questions you can use to help those you lead to be successful at making a change. Meredith’s ideas are highly actionable for leaders like to you enact visible change and improvement in yourself and your workplace.Read More
What can you learn from a hostage negotiator about your own day-to-day negotiations? A lot. Halelly’s guest, Chris Voss, co-author of the national business best-seller Never Split the Difference, is a negotiation consultant and award-winning business school professor. After 24 years as an FBI hostage negotiator, Chris founded The Black Swan Group, a firm that solves business communication problems with hostage negotiation strategies. And he’s a funny guy who gets Halelly giggling throughout this episode as they discussed some pretty counterintuitive negotiation tips Chris suggests based on his vast hostage negotiation experience, all of which you can immediately apply to your daily negotiations in business and in life to see a positive impact on your negotiation results. Learn about why Chris says the word “Yes” is useless, the word “No” is freeing, and the phrase “You’re right!” is the kiss of death. Get actionable advice and then apply it and become a master negotiator!Read More
Whether you are at the beginning, middle, or prime of your leadership career, navigating the political landscape in many organizations can be frustrating and depleting. Have no fear: Master Executive Coach and best-selling author Suzi Pomerantz, who is one of the pioneers of the coaching profession, joins host Halelly Azulay to talk about how to lead ‘difficult people’, cultivate effective strategic career relationships, and specific tips to move your career ahead by being connected to the right people in the right way. Plus, listen to the end to hear a special announcement and invitation from Halelly to an exciting new offering just for listeners of the podcast!Read More
Being a new manager is hard. Both William (Bill) Gentry and host Halelly Azulay have experienced it personally. In this episode, they discuss the insights from that hard hands-on experience as well as lots of research from Bill’s work with new leaders and the data from his organization, The Center for Creative Leadership, as well as his new book, Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For. There are a gazillion leadership skills you could develop, but Bill cuts through the noise to the six areas and four skills you should focus your leadership development efforts to make the biggest impact on your ability to succeed in your role and be the boss everyone wants to work for. Learn specific tips for how to manage your former BFFs, how to get your former ‘promotion competitors’ to support you, the important types of conversations you need to be having with your new staff, pronto, and more. Check it out, subscribe, and share!Read More
As we wrap up 2016, Halelly walks down memory lane and counts down the top 10 most downloaded 2016 episodes of the TalentGrow Show. Then, she gives a helpful tip you can use to take your networking skills to a new level with zero ick factor. She issues a challenge to you (AND herself) for an easy ritual to incorporate in 2017 that will be just like brushing teeth. What? Really. Listen and do it! Dare you! Thanks for listening and please comment and share.Read More
Robert Richman is a culture strategist who was the co-creator of Zappos Insights, the program that taught other companies the secrets behind Zappos’ amazing employee culture. He’s also an author and speaker and a phenomenal storyteller, as you will soon hear. In his fun and engaging conversation with host Halelly Azulay, you’ll learn the number one misconception leaders have about culture and how to avoid it. He’ll address specific ways you can have a positive impact on culture in your organization even if you’re not sitting at the top, and the importance of staying true to your core values. They talk about how to be more influential and persuasive, and Robert shares his exciting new project, the X-pill – it’s definitely unique, so check it out. Plus, as we do on every episode of the TalentGrow Show podcast, he ends with a very actionable tip you can use to take your own leadership skills to the next level. Listen and enjoy (and be sure to answer Halelly’s question at the end)!Read More
Ah, “Millennials” … whether you love them, love to hate ‘em, ARE one of them, or think the whole thing is a bunch of stereotypical bologna, they are certainly discussed a lot in today’s world of work. In this podcast episode, Halelly’s guest, author, speaker, futurist, and workplace consultant and expert Alexandra Levit, shares her expertise from her best-selling books and consulting work to help us figure out how to lead them, or how to develop your career as a leader if you are one of them. She also discusses the next generation of workers – Gen Z, some fascinating workplace future trends (hello robots!) and what they might hold in store for us, and how to prepare ourselves to succeed in this new world order. And of course, we focus on making it a very actionable conversation with tips and advice you can use immediately after listening. So, take a listen, share with others, and don’t forget to give us an iTunes review and rating so more people can discover the show (THANKS in advance)!Read More
Isabelle Lord, author, trainer, professional certified coach, and herself a manager, speaks with host Halelly Azulay about how to be an inspirational manager – with a focus on actionable (rather than esoteric) advice. She shares some of the ways to do that based on her best-selling and newly translated book, The Inspirational Manager: The 10 Rules of Leadership Communication. She provides specific tips, techniques, and examples for very tangible steps you can take to become more inspirational and effective in your communication as a leader. And listen at the end for your two free gifts – one from Isabelle and one from Halelly!
Do you hate networking? Does it sometimes feel like a huge waste of time? Halelly's guest, Derek Coburn, an entrepreneur who owns two successful businesses and the author of a book titled Networking is Not Working, has a contrarian point of view. Derek and host Halelly Azulay discuss how he approaches networking differently from common practice and advice out there. He explains how you can ensure you get (and give!) the most value in the time you spend on networking, and the reason why reviving your dormant ties might be a much smarter and more effective networking strategy than just going to more networking events. He gives super practical, tactical advice but also talks about mindset and an overall goal-oriented approach that can help you become an ‘un-networker extraordinaire’ just like him. Take a listen now and share with others!Read More
Host Halelly Azulay leads a peer-to-peer conversation with author, philosopher, and thinker Don Watkins (who was also featured on ep026) about mentoring. They chat about what mentoring is, how to get a mentor, how to become a mentor, and how to overcome the fear of asking for mentorship. They discuss how to ensure a good value exchange as well as common mistakes people make in asking a mentor for their help and in ensuring they ask for just the right kind of input – not too much or too little. What’s really in it for the mentor? Don and Halelly share advice and stories from their careers about being mentees/protégés as well as mentors, and of course actionable tips and advice you can put to use immediately to give and get more value out of the mentoring relationships in your life. Take a listen and share with others!
Are you having ongoing, regular, and timely conversations with every single one of your employees about performance, goals, career, and feedback? Or are you waiting for the once- or twice-per-year ‘Performance Review’ formal conversations? Purposeful conversations positively contribute to the employee’s current and future level of performance and engagement at work, so don’t leave things up to chance or wait too long. And just in case you’re not sure what to talk about, I recorded this solo episode to help you plan and execute on these kinds of important leader-employee conversations. Listen and learn the top 10 types of conversations that you should be having with every employee throughout each year. P.S., be sure to subscribe, rate, and leave a quick review in iTunes, please and thank you!Read More
Lots of people struggle with making good decisions. It’s an important skill to build, especially if you lead others (or aspire to), but there are many obstacles to good decision making. Writer, researcher, and thinker Jeff Annello of the popular Farnam Street website and newsletter talks to Halelly Azulay, host of the TalentGrow Show, about how to become better at making effective and efficient decisions. They discuss the role of mental models, intuition, and thinking errors and biases in decision making and how to become more aware of and fight against these biases. What specifically is important for leaders to know to make better decisions and help their teams to improve their decision quality. Finally, Jeff gives a very actionable tip that you can implement immediately to begin ratcheting up your own decision making skills. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes and share this episode with others who could also benefit!Read More
Susan Scott, best-selling author and leadership development architect explains what fierce conversations are, why it’s important that we have them (a lot!), and a common obstacle we all face and how to overcome it when having these types of conversations – both at work in your personal lives. In her conversation with The TalentGrow Show host Halelly Azulay, Susan also talks about how to be open and more transparent and invite this kind of openness from others (and what some of us might be doing to hinder that). She explores why she thinks careful conversations are almost always failed conversations. They also discuss the concept of radical transparency, which Susan advocates, and the difference between fierce leaders and other leaders. And of course, Susan shares one actionable suggestion that will help you upgrade your leadership and will make a HUGE difference in the quality of your conversations and your relationships. You should really begin doing it, today!Read More
What’s wrong with just doing great work and minding your own business? Do we really have to engage in the ‘game under the game’ happening every day in every job and every workplace? Yes, in his interview on the TalentGrow Show with host Halelly Azulay, Dan Rust says you *must* actively play the game because otherwise, you’re just getting played. He describes what he means by Workplace Poker – the title of his latest book – and gives super specific, very actionable and granular advice. You’ll learn how to effectively handle backstabbers and how to promote yourself and increase your success and career growth in a positive way that doesn’t involve acting like a pompous Donald Trump or tooting your own horn. You’ll emerge with tons of ideas for ways you can boost your career success right away, so give this episode a listen now!Read More
Jeremy Epstein is not a leadership expert – he’s a marketing expert (and a great one at that). He is a real-life, in-the-trenches leader who has embarked on a self-development journey to become a better people manager. He has chosen a very unique approach to both how he is sourcing advice and in sharing his journey. And in this fast-moving, robust conversation with The TalentGrow Show’s host Halelly Azulay, Jeremy shares his approach and some of his insights that have been yielding spectacular results in his own leadership development journey, in the hopes of inspiring you to do the same. You’ll get more than inspiration, though – you’ll get really specific, actionable ideas and advice for how to take your own people management and leadership skills to the next level! Take a listen now!Read More
In this episode Halelly talks with Bill Treasurer, author, speaker, and Chief Encouragement Officer of Giant Leap Consulting, about common leadership mistakes and his advice for becoming a more courageous leader. They discuss why fear has become the “four-letter F word” and why courage (coupled with morality) is so important. They get into an interesting conversation about the best approach to the tension in leadership advice between ‘be yourself’ and ‘fake it till you make it’ and why being congruent is really important (and Bill “sings” its praises… literally ;) ). And Bill suggests we take a stance against some lessons that were ingrained into us in our childhood – listen to find out which ones.Read More
In this short solo episode of the TalentGrow Show podcast, host Halelly Azulay shares a personal story about how a lesson she learned at her CrossFit gym perfectly encapsulates her self-leadership philosophy and why you can apply it to your life and your job (and everything in between). She also mentions her favorite Michelangelo quotation and hopes you’ll be inspired to maximize, not compromise. Finally, she shares her most recent iTunes review – it’s pretty awesome!Read More
This is a conversation with a funny man, and it’s fast-moving so hold on to your hat! Michael Bungay Stanier, an award-winning and sought-after coach, author, and speaker, talks with Halelly Azulay about his latest book, The Coaching Habit. Michael wants us leaders to learn to stay a little more curious a little longer and rush to ideas and advice a little more slowly, which will ultimately let us be more effective and work less hard. He teaches us three of the seven coaching questions from his book that will help you have better coach-like conversations that take 10 minutes or less. We discuss the neuroscience of engagement, ways to help people get more ‘Ahas’ to cement their insights and learning, and the kind of question we should all try to avoid. Finally, as in every episode of The TalentGrow Show, Michael shares a highly actionable piece of advice to help you upgrade your leadership skills right away – this one in answer to a listener’s question.
Is there a difference between taking leadership and giving leadership? And, if so, does it really make that big a difference in your ability to lead? My guest says “yes” to both! Best-selling author Bob Burg is a sought-after speaker at company leadership and sales conferences sharing the platform with everyone from today’s business leaders and broadcast personalities to even a former U.S. President. In this fast-paced conversation, Bob describes the five keys to legendary leadership from his book, The Go-Giver Leader, and the importance of creating a win-win value trade the core of all your interactions. We even discuss the purpose of life, the key to happiness, a common mistake leaders make, and one actionable tip that will stretch you to become an even better leader.Read More