106: Open to Think -- Transforming the Way You Think as a Leader with Dan Pontefract

106: Open to Think -- Transforming the Way You Think as a Leader with Dan Pontefract

Are you Open to Think? Author and speaker Dan Pontefract is joining Halelly for the second time on The TalentGrow Show, to share key insights from his latest book: Open to Think: Slow Down, Think Creatively, and Make Better Decisions. Dan believes that we leaders can optimize the way we think to make us more effective and shares actionable ideas and advice to help us do it. Using creative (and fun!) metaphors and examples, Dan teaches us how to cultivate what he calls the four ‘executive functions,’ how to implement a technique called reverse-coaching, and what it really means to be an open thinker. You’ll also learn how to take control of your time, including how to avoid a big pitfall many of us fall into when using our mobile devices! Listen and be sure to share this episode with others in your network.

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105: [Ask Halelly] “Leader or manager – what’s the difference?” on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

105: [Ask Halelly] “Leader or manager – what’s the difference?” on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Is there a difference between being a leader and being a manager? Is one better than the other? Does one beget or require the other? Should we even be asking these questions?? Here’s another Ask Halelly episode of the TalentGrow Show, where Halelly answers a question from a listener, a learner in one of her corporate workshops, a member of the audience at one of her conference speaking events, or a member of the media. This week’s question came from a reporter who interviewed Halelly for a Fast Company article about this very issue. Halelly’s answer: Yeah, there is a difference. But, STOP SPLITTING HAIRS about it already! She explains why she loves to hate this question and wishes it would go away. Plus, she shares about a couple of exchanges she had about this on Twitter – were they favorable? Take a listen, weigh in with your own opinion, and share with others!

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104: Wired to Connect -- The Neuroscience of Team Leadership with Dr. Britt Andreatta

104: Wired to Connect -- The Neuroscience of Team Leadership with Dr. Britt Andreatta

What differentiates high-performing teams from the rest? With the latest research in neuroscience at her disposal, Dr. Britt Andreatta provides a new and comprehensive model that analyzes and synthesizes the motivations, skills, and dynamics that make peak team performance possible: The Four Gates to Peak Team Performance. In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Dr. Andreatta shares the facts and research behind her groundbreaking model and digs into fascinating topics such as ‘neural synchrony’ and what basic human needs and motivations drive us towards teamwork. Learn the significant differences between cooperation and collaboration, discover what skills you need to hone to successfully collaborate with others, and get Dr. Andreatta’s take on some cutting-edge research on the development of human consciousness that is making waves in the leadership space. Don’t miss this exciting episode and be sure to share it with others!

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103: Resonate -- How to Use Vocal Intelligence and Body Language as a Leader with Dr. Louise Mahler

103: Resonate -- How to Use Vocal Intelligence and Body Language as a Leader with Dr. Louise Mahler

It’s not just what we say as leaders: it’s how we say it, vocally and physically. An expert in body language, voice, and emotion, Dr. Louise Mahler explains that the ‘missing ingredient’ in corporate leadership is something called vocal intelligence and that how we use our voice has a far greater impact on our success as leaders than we know. In this fascinating episode of The TalentGrow Show, Louise shares unique insights on vocal psychology, body-language, and non-verbal communication that any leader should study and practice. Learn how to inspire trust with your voice and identify inner blockages that manifest in your voice and posture that may hinder your ability to lead. There are seven key blockages according to Louise, who walks us through a few of them here. Plus, learn why vocal intelligence is especially critical for leaders in our evolving digital age! Listen and don’t forget to share with others.

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102: [Solo] Six Principles of Effective Communication on The TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

102: [Solo] Six Principles of Effective Communication on The TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Communication is hard! We all have relationships in which we communicate with ease, and others in which we feel like we’re “walking on eggshells” – always careful with our words, trying not to offend or create a defensive response. It’s natural to have different levels of communication chemistry with different personalities and there’s no way to fully level the playing field. Yet, it’s also possible to reduce the likelihood of defensiveness and to increase our success when we communicate with just about anyone, anywhere. In today’s solo episode on the TalentGrow Show, Halelly will share six principles that can help you communicate more effectively in any situation. Take a listen now and share with those who could also benefit!

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101: Lead with a Story -- Motivational Leadership through Storytelling with Paul Smith

101: Lead with a Story -- Motivational Leadership through Storytelling with Paul Smith

Storytelling is more than a fleeting marketing trend: it has been proven to be an incredibly effective motivator. Today, when motivation in the workplace is such a crucial topic, leaders need more than ever to cultivate the art and skill of storytelling. In this value-packed episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly has a conversation with Paul Smith, a leading expert in business storytelling, to get to the core of why narrative is so powerful and what elements make up a really good story. From research in neuroscience to the fascinating “Significant Objects Project,” Paul presents a compelling case for the value of storytelling in the business world. If what you hear resonates with you, keep listening to discover the components and structural elements of a good story, and the eight core questions every story you tell should answer. Plus, learn how to distinguish easily between manipulation and ethical persuasion. Listen and don’t forget to share with other leaders in your network!

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100: Cultivating a Culture of Growth and Learning in the Workplace with Elliott Masie

100: Cultivating a Culture of Growth and Learning in the Workplace with Elliott Masie

For the 100th episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly interviews a very special guest with an interesting and multi-faceted career trajectory: Elliott Masie. A provocative speaker, expert in educational technology, and Broadway producer/investor, Elliott joins Halelly to share his best advice for leaders who strive to cultivate passionate, engaged, and high-performing teams. Elliott talks about learning processes in the workplace, important trends in talent development and technology, and serious mistakes leaders can make when working with their team. You’ll learn actionable techniques for nurturing your team’s creativity and building a culture of growth in the workplace, so be sure to give this episode a listen! Plus, find out what is the most dangerous word you can say as a leader.

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99: Selfish For Success -- Embracing Your Self-Interest as a Leader with Dr. Steve Orma

99: Selfish For Success -- Embracing Your Self-Interest as a Leader with Dr. Steve Orma

Selfishness is a word that typically connotes serving oneself at the expense of others. But Dr. Steve Orma, clinical psychologist and host of the Selfish For Success podcast, explains why this definition is a dangerous package-deal that vilifies a healthy concern for one’s own self-interest. The result? Guilt and internal conflict. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly and Steve discuss how leaders are negatively impacted by this cultural stigma against selfishness and what steps you can take to upgrade your leadership effectiveness by embracing your self-interest. How much responsibility should you take on as a leader and how much should you leave to your team? What makes a leader respected? What should you do if you start to feel that you’re not on the right career path? Listen to get Dr. Orma’s take on these questions and more. Plus, learn the crucial difference between serving others and being subservient and how that knowledge can impact your success as a leader. Give this a listen and share with others in your network!

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98: [Ask Halelly] Leading Naysayers – How Should I Lead People Who Don't Want To Follow? on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

98: [Ask Halelly] Leading Naysayers – How Should I Lead People Who Don't Want To Follow? on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

They don’t want to follow. They resist. What should you do? It’s time for another super short and highly informative Ask Halelly episode of the TalentGrow Show, where Halelly answers a question from a listener, a learner in one of her corporate workshops, a member of the audience at one of her conference speaking events, or a member of the media. This week’s question is: “How Should I Lead People Who Don't Want To Follow?” Halelly’s  Answer might surprise you: Thank them... What? Yep, Halelly encourages you to listen to your naysayers and look for ways that they might be actually helping you out by resisting. She even recorded a video version – you can see it over on the TalentGrow blog, or listen to episode (it’s less than 8 minutes long!) right here or wherever you listen to podcasts. And be sure to submit your own question that might be featured on a future episode of Ask Halelly on the TalentGrow Show!

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97: Profiting from Conflict -- The Mindset and Skillset of a Master Negotiator with Real Estate Developer Rob Flitton

97: Profiting from Conflict -- The Mindset and Skillset of a Master Negotiator with Real Estate Developer Rob Flitton

Negotiating with others to get what we want is an uncomfortable topic for many. The word itself can evoke the image of selfishly trying to profit at someone else’s expense. But real estate developer and upcoming author Rob Flitton wants to change our negative bias towards negotiation and encourage us to embrace self-interest and the idea of principled reciprocity. Redefining what is often meant by win-win and challenging us to feel ‘worthy of winning,’ Rob not only shares seven skills to upgrade our effectiveness as negotiators, but provides a moral framework to dispel the negative cultural attitudes that make us shy away from bold, self-interested, and effective negotiation. Listen to this episode of the TalentGrow Show and gain actionable skills and techniques!

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96: Network like a Rockstar -- Advice for Authentic Networking from Rock Musician Sean Hurwitz

96: Network like a Rockstar -- Advice for Authentic Networking from Rock Musician Sean Hurwitz

We all know about the importance of networking for our careers. But many of us struggle with making authentic and truly valuable connections, and what’s more, not losing touch with them in the flow of our busy daily lives. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly brings on a unique guest: musician and producer Sean Hurwitz, who succeeds in making time for seemingly everyone and maintaining truly authentic connections and relationships with people in his network. How does Sean think about networking? How does he make time to connect with so many people? What resources and implicit strategies does he leverage to maintain those connections and turn them into win-win relationships? While networking comes naturally to Sean and he doesn’t view it as a business strategy, he breaks down for us the day-to-day realities of making and keeping authentic connections and shares the stories that highlight how networking helped him become the successful musician and producer he is today. We even discuss strategies for seeking and being a mentor. Listen now and don’t forget to share with others in your network!

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95: Leadership, Goal-Setting, and Free Will -- The Psychology of Motivating Your Team to Success with Dr. Edwin Locke

95: Leadership, Goal-Setting, and Free Will -- The Psychology of Motivating Your Team to Success with Dr. Edwin Locke

Dr. Edwin Locke’s pioneering work in the field of goal-setting and job satisfaction has greatly enriched our understanding of motivation and changed the way many leaders think about their roles. For this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly makes an exception to the format, allowing it to run over-time, so that we don’t miss a thing. Drawing from his renowned Goal-Setting Theory, Locke discusses questions such as how to set rational, achievable goals for your team, what many leaders misunderstand about extrinsic motivation, and which visionary questions leaders should ask themselves to inspire their team and ensure job satisfaction. Locke also gives us a glimpse into the fascinating research and ideas behind his latest book, The Illusion of Determinism. Plus, what did visionary leader Steve Jobs get right that Elon Musk seems to be getting wrong? Listen and find out!

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94: [Solo] How to control your emotions during critical conversations and negotiations on The TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

94: [Solo] How to control your emotions during critical conversations and negotiations on The TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Have you ever had an emotional outburst during a really critical conversation? Or felt like you’re on the verge of losing control of your emotions?

When the stakes are high and you have a vested interest in the outcome of a conversation, it’s actually very common to become emotional. These kinds of conversations are especially difficult because they involve conflict or differing perspectives.

In today’s solo episode on the TalentGrow Show, Halelly teaches you how to develop greater self-awareness to catch your emotions when they first begin to arrive on the scene. Then, she shares four science-backed techniques for controlling your emotions during critical conversations and negotiations. Take a listen now and share with those who could also benefit from learning this important life and business skill!

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93: The Best Place to Work – the Art and Science of Human Motivation with Ron Friedman

93: The Best Place to Work – the Art and Science of Human Motivation with Ron Friedman

What are the factors that lead to extraordinary workplace? Award-winning social psychologist and author Dr. Ron Friedman draws on cutting-edge research on human motivation to identify the systems and processes that leaders can use to optimize their workplace and bring out the best in their team. In this exciting episode of The TalentGrow Show, Ron shares how leaders can enable and inspire their team to flourish by fulfilling three basic psychological needs: competence, autonomy, and relatedness. You’ll discover how to let people keep learning and growing on the cheap, why letting them customize their work environment makes a huge difference in their motivation, and even get a glimpse of what’s to come in the workplace of the future. Also, did you know you’ve probably been drinking coffee the wrong way your entire life? Listen to find out why! And don’t forget to share this episode with others.

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92: Lessons from the Israeli Air Force: Fostering a Culture of Honesty, Accountability, and Improvement with Ofir Paldi

92: Lessons from the Israeli Air Force: Fostering a Culture of Honesty, Accountability, and Improvement with Ofir Paldi

By implementing a unique culture and methodology, the Israeli Air Force became one of the best in the world in terms of quality, safety, and training, effectively cutting accidents by 95%. According to businessman, social entrepreneur and former Israeli jet fighter Ofir Paldi, there are lessons that every leader can learn from their proven success. In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Ofir and Halelly discuss the unconventional aspects of the Israeli Air Force training program that Ofir helps business leaders to incorporate in their workplace. With an emphasis on encouraging honesty and productive discussion around our mistakes, this program engenders accountability and high performance. Learn the secret behind the Israeli Air Force’s brilliant out-performance of their competitors and how you can leverage their methodology to improve your own leadership and workplace culture. Listen and share with other leaders in your network!

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91: The Art of Strategic Storytelling for Leaders with Ryan Williams

91: The Art of Strategic Storytelling for Leaders with Ryan Williams

Storytelling isn’t just for marketers or creative types. It’s a dynamic tool that can be leveraged by leaders and professionals across the career spectrum. In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, author and international speaker Ryan Williams joins Halelly to talk about why leaders should learn to become storytellers and how you can start crafting and cultivating your stories today. Discover why strategic storytelling can make you a more effective leader and communicator, the three “anchor stories” you should have under your belt, and the best tips and techniques for improving your ability to captivate and influence others in conversation. Ryan also shares a gamut of interesting personal stories throughout the podcast so you can learn by example as well! Listen and don’t forget to share with current and aspiring leaders in your network.

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90: [Ask Halelly] How to handle senior manager who plays favorites with my team on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

90: [Ask Halelly] How to handle senior manager who plays favorites with my team on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

It’s time for another super short and highly informative Ask Halelly episode of the TalentGrow Show, where Halelly answers a question from a listener, a learner in one of her corporate workshops, a member of the audience at one of her conference speaking events, or a member of the media. This week’s question is: “What should I do if my senior manager is playing favorites with my team?” Halelly’s  Answer: Of course, it depends on the context such as your relationship with the senior manager. In general, you need to advocate to protect your authority to influence decisions about your team more directly. But of course, beware of your blind-spots and approach the situation tentatively, with curiosity instead of accusatory judgment. Halelly even shares a personal story about a time when this happened to her. Get the deets by listening to the full episode (it’s only approx. 6 minutes long!) and be sure to submit your own question that might be featured on a future episode of Ask Halelly on the TalentGrow Show!

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89: The Invisible leader – Cultivating the power of authentic purpose with Zach Mercurio

89: The Invisible leader – Cultivating the power of authentic purpose with Zach Mercurio

Organizations with a strong, shared sense of purpose outperform their peers by an average of 6:1. How can we as leaders tap into this important motivator to bring out the best in our team? In this thought-provoking episode of The TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay, author, keynote speaker and consultant Zach Mercurio discusses the power of authentic purpose and how leaders can cultivate it to transform their lives, work, and organizations. Zach shares ideas grounded in cutting-edge research about the staggering effect that a sense of purpose and meaning can have on your team’s performance and how you can help to create a culture of significance in your workplace. Learn common limiting beliefs that many leaders hold and how you can turn them around and build a purposeful narrative within your team or organization. Listen and share with other leaders in your network!

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88: The Go-Giver Influencer – How to expand your influence as a leader with Bob Burg

88: The Go-Giver Influencer – How to expand your influence as a leader with Bob Burg

As leaders, our success is directly tied to our ability to influence others. But where is the line drawn between influence and manipulation? How can you develop and use your influence to create win-win outcomes that will benefit everyone involved? In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, author and keynote speaker Bob Burg returns to the show to discuss the principles behind his newest book, The Go-Giver Influencer. Listen to discover the five secrets of genuine influence and how to prevent or diffuse the problems that can result from poor communication. You’ll also learn simple yet effective techniques you can use to regulate your emotions and boost your influence as a leader. Plus, find out why Bob believes that the best way to get what you want is by focusing on the interests of others! Don’t forget to share this episode with aspiring leaders in your network.

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87: [Solo] Why and How to say No (plus Halelly’s 5A Formula for Saying No Without Seeming Like an Unhelpful Jerk)

87: [Solo] Why and How to say No (plus Halelly’s 5A Formula for Saying No Without Seeming Like an Unhelpful Jerk)

If you have a tendency to say Yes too much (we discussed why you shouldn’t in episode 82), or have a hard time saying No to requests from your boss, co-workers, employees, clients, or even in your personal life, then this solo episode is for you.

Listen on to learn some of the typical reasons we are reluctant to say No, some totally legitimate reasons why you should be saying No, and how to do it in a way that protects your time, independence, integrity, and your relationships and trust using my 5A Formula for Saying No. Listen now and share with someone who could use this advice!

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