114: Building a Positive, Consistent Company Culture Your Team will Rave About with CEO Bob Glazer

114: Building a Positive, Consistent Company Culture Your Team will Rave About with CEO Bob Glazer

Bob Glazer, founder & CEO of award-winning global performance marketing agency AccelerationPartners, offers radical --yet proven-- ideas for creating a positive company culture. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Bob also exposes old practices and paradigms that need to go away – like the two-week notice system (what?!) and talks about how to implement a positive transition plan and why being consistent about your core values is more important than you think. Find out how his company won such culture awards as #4 on Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards, Entrepreneur’s Top Company Culture, & Inc. Magazine’s Best Place to Work among others! Don’t miss this value-packed episode and share it with others!

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108: Lead with Values -- Fostering a Thriving Company Culture with Global Financial Magnate Lars Seier Christensen

108: Lead with Values -- Fostering a Thriving Company Culture with Global Financial Magnate Lars Seier Christensen

A company’s core values are at the heart of its operations and culture. Yet, not all companies or leaders make their core values explicit or even realize why they should. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly speaks with Saxo Bank co-founder and former co-CEO Lars Seier Christensen about the seven values that Lars embedded into the culture of Saxo Bank and why it’s incredibly important to make your company values explicit. You’ll learn why Lars chose the seven values that he did and how they each contributed to a successful and thriving company culture. Not sure how to prioritize certain values or narrow down your most ‘core’ values? Lars and Halelly discuss how to think about the hierarchies and relationships between values as well. Learn the why and how of giving immediate and frequent feedback – both positive and constructive. Plus, discover which philosopher had a powerful impact on Lars and his leadership ethic. Listen and share with others in your network!

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107: Leading and Communicating Effectively with Different Personality Types with Nicole Jansen

107: Leading and Communicating Effectively with Different Personality Types with Nicole Jansen

Different personality types have different needs, motivations, and strengths. As leaders, how can we understand and adapt to the many different personality types on our team in a way that fulfills their motivations and draws out their strengths? In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, speaker, coach and human behavior specialist Nicole Jansen shares her answer to this question and invites us to better understand others through the DISC Model of Human Behavior. Nicole explains the key attributes you should attune to in order to understand others’ personalities, how you can effectively adapt to different personalities without losing yourself in the process, and what methods or frameworks you can use to better understand and connect with individuals on your team. Listen, share with others in your network, and use what you learn to improve your communication and effectiveness as a leader!

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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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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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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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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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79: Inside-out leadership -- How to overcome a lack of purpose and passion in the workplace with Robb Holman

79: Inside-out leadership -- How to overcome a lack of purpose and passion in the workplace with Robb Holman

Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? According to leadership expert Robb Holman, answering these age-old questions is the key to infusing your career with the purpose and passion you need to be an exceptional leader. There is a major problem of disengagement in the workplace. Approximately 90% of workers and 80% of leaders lack purpose and passion. It’s turned into a $500 billion problem. But what can leaders do to improve our own performance – and then our team’s – if it’s suffering from a lack of meaning and purpose? In this compelling episode of The TalentGrow Show, Robb shares the ideas and core convictions for Inside-Out Leadership – the kind of leadership that breeds success. Listen to learn how to fight disengagement in the workplace, discover your true self, and infuse potent purpose and passion into your career and your team’s performance!

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74: [Ask Halelly] What if I ask if I can give feedback and they say no? on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

74: [Ask Halelly] What if I ask if I can give feedback and they say no? on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

“Should I ask first if it’s okay to give feedback, and what if they say ‘No’?” That’s the question I’m answering on this second-ever Ask Halelly episode of the TalentGrow Show podcast, and this time, it’s a voice-recorded question! Listen to my answer and the follow-up discussion that ensued via voicemail and email, and chime in via the comments in the shownotes – what do you think? Have you ever experienced this? And of course, don’t be shy and submit your own question that might be featured on a future episode of Ask Halelly on the TalentGrow Show!

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Ep066: Successful culture and leadership advice from startup mentor and investor Carter Laren

Ep066: Successful culture and leadership advice from startup mentor and investor Carter Laren

In order to be a good leader and discover and develop your company’s or team’s culture you really need to start with a good “why”. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay, Carter Laren, co-founder of the Gateway startup accelerator, a director and mentor for the Founder Institute, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and former cryptologist and engineer, shares some of his best wisdom about company culture, startups, and successful leadership that yields top performance in your team. Listen now to learn the one thing most people discount when thinking about starting a company, why he hires people more based culture fit rather than experience or skillset, the most common mistakes he sees startup founders and leaders make, and much more! This episode will help you get some of the best thinking from the world of startups and unicorns that you can apply 100% in your leadership practice, regardless of how big or established your organization is. Enjoy and please share with others!

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Ep062: The 6 ways of rethinking career mobility—why up is not the only way with Beverly Kaye

Ep062: The 6 ways of rethinking career mobility—why up is not the only way with Beverly Kaye

In this episode of the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay, career development and employee engagement expert and co-author of Up Is Not The Only Way: Rethinking Career Mobility Dr. Beverly Kaye helps us think about career mobility in a much broader and more advantageous way. She explains what the “6 categories of experience” are that can help us rethink mobility, what she thinks are two important ways that organizations can prepare individuals for upward moves, why organizations need to start finding more ways to sell “lateral moves”, and much more! Beverly’s wisdom comes from four decades of research and experience. Listen now!

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Ep061: No Ego—Reality-based leadership with Cy Wakeman

Ep061: No Ego—Reality-based leadership with Cy Wakeman

Leaders need to focus less on employee happiness and more on employee accountability. But wait, shouldn’t that sentence be reversed? After all, much of the popular leadership wisdom of the day says the complete opposite. In fact, this is just one of the many contrarian conclusions drama researcher and international leadership consultant Cy Wakeman has come to through her 25 years of research and experience. In today’s riveting episode of the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay, Cy takes a wrecking ball to some of the most cherished yet harmful leadership myths, offering her own reality-based leadership philosophy over top of the rubble. She also shares some of her most effective actionable tools and techniques that you can use to transform and improve YOUR workplace culture. This episode could give you a whole new perspective on leadership itself. Don’t miss out!

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Ep060: The ingredients of great leadership with Chef Charles Carroll

Ep060: The ingredients of great leadership with Chef Charles Carroll

What does cooking and food have to do with leadership and life? For executive chef, Culinary Olympics gold medalist, and author of The Recipe: A Story of Love, Loss and the Ingredients of Greatness Charles Carroll, the answer is: everything. In today’s episode of the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay, Charles shares his seven rules of the kitchen (and specifically how they apply to life and leadership), the three things you need to do as a leader to make your team succeed, as well as a deceptively simple tip that he says is actually the biggest secret of his success! Listen to be enlightened, entertained, and inspired (and don’t forget to subscribe and share!)

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Ep057: How to be better at receiving feedback with Sheila Heen

Ep057: How to be better at receiving feedback with Sheila Heen

In this episode of the TalentGrow show with Halelly Azulay, Sheila Heen, CEO of Triad Consulting and best-selling author of Thanks for the Feedback and Difficult Conversations, shares some of her best insights on the art and science of receiving feedback. She explains what the three different kinds of feedback are (including why we need all three, but different amounts of each at different times), what the three kinds of triggered reactions we can have from feedback are, and the best way to receive vague or negative criticism. She also gives a fantastic (and highly actionable!) tip on how to ask for feedback: she warns of a common pitfall and offers a smarter way of asking that not only makes the other person more comfortable but helps to ensure that the ensuing feedback will be relevant and useful. This is an excellent episode for improving your communications skills as well as your inner-processing and emotional clarity. Don’t miss out and please share with others!

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Ep056: How to build high trust workplace cultures with neuroscientist Paul Zak

Ep056: How to build high trust workplace cultures with neuroscientist Paul Zak

You could say that Dr. Paul Zak is uber-qualified to talk about trust. A PhD professor, neuroeconomist, and neuroscientist who was part of the team that first made the connection between oxytocin and trust, he recently authored the 2017 book Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies. He’s also the developer of Ofactor, a methodology that quantifies organizational culture within a company and identifies what it needs to change in order to increase leadership, team and organizational trust. In this episode of the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay, Paul shares some of his best insights on how to increase your company’s trust and productivity (all of them backed by scientific research!) In this fascinating discussion that Halelly wished could “go on for so much longer”, you’ll learn about his eight ways to build trust within an organization and build a workplace culture in which people “want to work their butt off”! Whether you’re a leader who’s seeking to improve the culture and performance of your employees or just fascinated by the science of trust, this is definitely an episode you don’t want to miss!

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Ep053: How to ditch generational stereotypes and optimize leadership with Jessica Kriegel

Ep053: How to ditch generational stereotypes and optimize leadership with Jessica Kriegel

In this episode of the TalentGrow Show, Jessica Kriegel, author of Unfairly Labeled: How Your Workplace Can Benefit From Ditching Generational Stereotypes, explains everything wrong with the idea of generational differences. She shows how most of the information we read and hear about generational differences is actually built on a “bed of lies”—scant anecdotal research, contradictions, and oversimplification. In her interesting discussion with host Halelly Azulay, Jessica offers insights from her own research and specific examples to show us the ways we’re harming ourselves and our businesses by clinging to what amounts to stereotyping and bias. Jessica offers actionable advice and calls on us all to completely ditch this type of labeling, suggesting it can be life-changing!

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Ep052: Relentlessly Irrational – the Conditions for Great Leadership with Global Business Celebrity Jeffrey Hayzlett

Ep052: Relentlessly Irrational – the Conditions for Great Leadership with Global Business Celebrity Jeffrey Hayzlett

Jeffrey Hayzlett is the man of many titles (global business celebrity, primetime TV host, business podcast host) but today he explains how he has built numerous companies, made it to the C-level of a fortune 100 company and is transforming corporate media with the C-Suite Network (of which I am a proud member!) His philosophy of irrational leadership and risk-taking have allowed him to relentlessly scale his businesses to global levels. Jeffrey reveals the most critical ingredient for leadership success, what he calls “conditions for satisfaction,” and what he’s learned from interviewing America’s top celebrity business leaders that you can apply to your own leadership approach right now. Listen now!

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Ep050 [The FLIPPED episode!]: Halelly Azulay is interviewed about her career, developing leaders, and going from light-bulbs to impact by guest host Margarita Rozenfeld

Ep050 [The FLIPPED episode!]: Halelly Azulay is interviewed about her career, developing leaders, and going from light-bulbs to impact by guest host Margarita Rozenfeld

In episode 50 the tables turn on your host Halelly Azulay as she is interviewed by fellow podcaster Margarita Rozenfeld, CEO of Incite International and host of the Leadership Insights podcast. Margarita asks Halelly some of the questions she has asked almost 50 guests over the two years of hosting The TalentGrow Show. On this episode, Halelly explains why she LOVES those light-bulb moments, and why they’re never enough (and what else is needed). She shares her early career aspirations (you might be surprised) and what she’s learned about leadership and employee development done right through her 25 years of work with hundreds of clients and thousands of learners. Plus, she shares an actionable tip that will help you harvest your career stories for greater satisfaction and success!

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Ep049: How to lead successful culture change and engage employees with Dan Pontefract

Ep049: How to lead successful culture change and engage employees with Dan Pontefract

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.

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