153: [Solo] 10 conversations every leader should have with every employee on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay [rebroadcast ep38]

153: [Solo] 10 conversations every leader should have with every employee on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay [rebroadcast ep38]

While we take a vacation, we’re rebroadcasting a few of our favorite episodes from the archives of the earlier years of the show. This one was originally broadcast as episode 38. Enjoy!

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. On this solo episode of the TalentGrow Show, Halelly helps 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.

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152: The Flipside of Leadership – Intelligent Disobedience with Ira Chaleff [rebroadcast ep15]

152: The Flipside of Leadership – Intelligent Disobedience with Ira Chaleff [rebroadcast ep15]

While we take a vacation, we’re rebroadcasting a few of our favorite episodes from the archives of the earlier years of the show. This one was originally broadcast as episode 15. Enjoy!

All of us are both leaders and followers. While we often focus on how to lead, author, speaker, workshop presenter and innovative thinker Ira Chaleff has focused his career on the beneficial use of power between those who are leading and those who are following in any given situation. Ira chatted with TalentGrow Show host, Halelly Azulay, about ways in which we can all become more courageous followers and why there are times when we should all choose the path of intelligent disobedience. Taken from the lexicon of guide dog training, Ira introduces the term Intelligent Disobedience to fit our model of leadership and followership in organizations, societies, and families. Based on his latest book of the same name, Ira talks about when we should feel the responsibility – even the obligation – to speak up and push back to those in power, because it is the right thing to do and it helps our leaders avoid big, possibly hurtful, mistakes. And Halelly and Ira discuss the important ways in which, as leaders, we can create the kinds of cultures that supports courageous followership. This episode will expand your view of leadership, courage, and living in a principled way and leave you deeply inspired.

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150: [Ask Halelly] “How can I develop myself or my employees to keep growing and engaged in the current role?” on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

150: [Ask Halelly] “How can I develop myself or my employees to keep growing and engaged in the current role?” on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

How can I develop myself within my current job? How can I offer employee development when there isn’t a clear path for promotion? How can I help employees stay and grow within my company? Halelly addresses these questions on this Ask Halelly episode of the TalentGrow Show, where Halelly answers a question from a listener, a member of the audience at one of her conference speaking events, a learner in one of her corporate workshops, or a member of the media.

First, Halelly explains why we all need to take ownership of our own development, and how good bosses know that one of the best ways to keep their best employees is to keep challenging and developing them. Then, she gives three steps you can take to guide employee development without requiring a lot of resources or organizational supports. Plus, she shares five examples of non-training employee development methods you could try for yourself or your employees and three different scenarios for how this might play out with your team members and their unique development needs. Take a listen, weigh in with your own opinion, and share with others!

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147: [Solo] 7 actionable tips for leaders to make meetings suck less on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

147: [Solo] 7 actionable tips for leaders to make meetings suck less on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Are you a leader who lets their meetings suck?

Ask most office workers what is the bane of their existence and inevitably you’ll hear about the many terrible meetings they have to sit through. Death by PowerPoint. Off-topic conversations. People showing up late. Meetings starting late and running over time. People tuning out. Little to nothing getting accomplished. And the list goes on… So many meetings completely suck.

Thing is, too many leaders let their meetings suck. Don’t be one of them.

We’ve got you covered. On this solo episode of the TalentGrow Show, Halelly shares seven actionable tips for what you can do to have effective, efficient, and productive meetings where things actually get done. And that don’t suck. Take a listen, weigh in with your own opinion, and share with others!

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146: Transforming Your Leadership through a Disruption Mindset with Charlene Li

146: Transforming Your Leadership through a Disruption Mindset with Charlene Li

‘Disruptive Leadership’ is a big trend in business today. But what does it really mean? Why is disruption so critical to achieving progress, and how can we cultivate it effectively as leaders? Entrepreneur and founder Charlene Li is the bestselling author of six books, and in her upcoming book titled The Disruption Mindset, she helps us answer these very questions. Charlene joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow Show to discuss the key ideas behind her book and to dig into what a disruptive mindset really means. Discover how Charlene defines a true disruptor, why disruptive companies actually need a great deal of order and structure to be successful, and how you can cultivate effectively the three elements of disruption: strategy, leadership and culture. Plus, Charlene shares a real-life example of disruptive leadership from software-titan Adobe! Listen and share with others in your network.

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145: How to Boost Innovation in Your Organization through the Same Side Selling Model with Ian Altman

145: How to Boost Innovation in Your Organization through the Same Side Selling Model with Ian Altman

Innovation is crucial to the success of any organization. Yet, it is too often stifled by an outmoded approach to pitching and collaborating on new ideas. Best-selling author and leading authority on accelerating business growth Ian Altman joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow show to share his collaborative and integrity-based approach to selling and innovation called Same Side Selling. Discover the four components to a great pitch, constructive conversations leaders can have with team members who are pitching new ideas, and how Same Side Selling discards the harmful, zero-sum models of selling in favor of a collaborative, win-win approach. Plus, learn the four questions you should ask yourself (or someone else) to vet any new idea in your organization! Tune in and don’t forget to share this episode with others.

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143: [Solo] How to build leadership skills outside the classroom and on a shoestring budget on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

143: [Solo] How to build leadership skills outside the classroom and on a shoestring budget on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Workshops, training classes, and university classes are rarely the only way to develop skills. In fact, they’re often not the best way to develop certain skills. Halelly wrote about this in her book, Employee Development on a Shoestring. There are so many ways that you can develop skills and knowledge – including leadership skills -- outside of the classroom and in a way that doesn’t interfere with your current role or take up a lot of time or money.

In this short solo episode of the TalentGrow Show, Halelly shares three specific examples of non-training, inexpensive ways to develop your leadership skills – and those of the leaders you lead, of course – to help you become a better leader and/or get recognized as a leader if you’re not there yet. Leadership development is not out of reach! Take a listen and share with others.

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141: A Role Model of Leadership Excellence – the Story of Julia Anderson with Catherine Zaranis

141: A Role Model of Leadership Excellence – the Story of Julia Anderson with Catherine Zaranis

It’s a wonderful thing to have someone in our lives whom we can regard as a role model. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly brings her friend and colleague Catherine Zaranis on to share the story of Julia Anderson, an inspiring model of leadership excellence. Julia was a mentor and an inspiration to Catherine and many others she worked with, modelling traits like integrity, living your values even in high stress or high pressure environments, and having the strength and dedication to develop each individual on your team to their highest potential. Listen to discover what made Julia stand out from so many other leaders, what you can learn from her leadership style and techniques, and what it means to be a true role model. Plus, for those of you with longer commutes to and from work, find out how Julia made the best use of her commute time! Listen and please share this episode in memory of a truly remarkable leader.

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140: How to Live and Lead Limitlessly with Laura Gassner Otting

140: How to Live and Lead Limitlessly with Laura Gassner Otting

Defining success for yourself is the first step to achieving it. And while it’s easy to accept the definition of success given to you by others, you’ll find meaning and fulfillment when you define success in your own terms. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly chats with speaker, author and entrepreneur Laura Gassner Otting about the powerful message behind her new book, Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life. Listen to Laura’s unique take on finding your purpose and carving your path. Discover the four important values that make up what Laura calls living in alignment and the four insidious goals many of us have that ultimately set us up for failure. Plus, find out why Laura says that ‘follow your passion’ is the world’s worst advice! Listen and don’t forget to share with others.

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139: [Solo] How to avoid triggering Fight, Flight, or Freeze responses in others on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

139: [Solo] How to avoid triggering Fight, Flight, or Freeze responses in others on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Our brains are wired to avoid threats and to react to perceived threats by Fight, Flight, or Freeze responses: fighting them, fleeing from them, or sometimes freezing from the shock. These threat responses are not limited just to physical danger and have been shown to occur in social and work settings as well. In this solo episode of the TalentGrow Show, Halelly explains the science behind these threat responses and shows you how to avoid triggering this kind of social threat response and get more rational, better quality, and less disruptive responses in all your work interactions. Take a listen, weigh in with your own opinion, and share with others!

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138: Sense and Respond – Transform Your Leadership Through a Powerful Mindset Shift with Jeff Gothelf

138: Sense and Respond – Transform Your Leadership Through a Powerful Mindset Shift with Jeff Gothelf

Software has consumed the world, according to author, speaker and organizational designer Jeff Gothelf. What does this mean? To start with, there is a lot to be gained as leaders by thinking of our organizations as software-driven. In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Jeff joins Halelly to discuss a powerful model and mindset shift which he calls sense and respond. Breaking it down into three steps, Jeff explains how making this shift allows us to successfully leverage the value that new technologies bring to our workplaces and to transform our leadership and teams accordingly. Plus, get actionable tactics and techniques for increasing transparency, encouraging productive experimentation, and upgrading your leadership effectiveness. Listen and be sure to share with others!

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137: Questions Every New Leader and Manager Should Ask with Barbara Mitchell & Cornelia Gamlem

137: Questions Every New Leader and Manager Should Ask with Barbara Mitchell & Cornelia Gamlem

So you’ve been promoted. Now what? Stepping into a new position can be both exciting and terrifying, but thankfully there are lots of good resources you can tap into. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, authors of The Manager's Answer Book: Powerful Tools to Maximize Your Impact and Influence, Build Trust and Teams, and Respond to Challenges Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem join Halelly to break down some of the important advice they have for new leaders and managers in the book. You’ll learn how to professionally manage former peers or even your best friend, and why every leader should cultivate a personal board of advisors. Plus, hear Barbara and Cornelia weigh in on questions they wish more new leaders and managers would ask. Tune in and don’t forget to share this episode with others!

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136: Network Beyond Bias – How to Make Diversity Your Competitive Advantage in Networking with Amy Waninger

136: Network Beyond Bias – How to Make Diversity Your Competitive Advantage in Networking with Amy Waninger

It’s very common for our professional networks to gravitate primarily toward others in our own industry, culture, and even race. This lack of diversity, however, can be a huge missed opportunity for us. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, author, speaker and consultant Amy Waninger joins Halelly to talk about the importance of a diverse, inclusive approach to networking. Listen to learn why you may be operating from an unconscious bias when you network, how to get beyond it, and what you can do to make diversity a competitive advantage in your career. Plus, find out one thing you should be doing every time you receive an invitation to connect on LinkedIn! If you want to upgrade your networking skills -- both in-person and on social media -- be sure to give this episode a listen, and share it with others in your network.

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135: Winning with Accountability – the Secret Language of High Performing Leaders with Henry Evans

135: Winning with Accountability – the Secret Language of High Performing Leaders with Henry Evans

To many, accountability means meeting your commitments in the eyes of others. For high performers, however, this is only a small part of what accountability really means. Henry Evans, Invited Agitator and Key Peacemaker for the C-Suite, joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow Show to define accountability for high performers, identify common mistakes many leaders make, and teach you how to ‘Win with Accountability’ (after all, that’s in the title of two of his books!) You’ll learn about the pitfalls of overcommitment and poor vertical communication, why it’s important not to externalize problems that arise in your organization, and how we as leaders can promote an atmosphere of safety in which our team feels comfortable discussing and learning from mistakes. Plus, find out why you should always strive to include people who are different from you in your business planning. Henry is full of actionable advice for leaders, so don’t miss this one! Listen and share what you learned with others.

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134: [Ask Halelly] “How can I build my confidence?” on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

134: [Ask Halelly] “How can I build my confidence?” on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Confidence is a major contributing factor to accomplishing our goals and how we are perceived in the workplace. However, it's not a naturally occurring trait in all of us. Do you suffer from low confidence? This one’s for you, then.

Here’s another Ask Halelly episode of the TalentGrow Show, where Halelly answers a question from a listener, a member of the audience at one of her conference speaking events, a learner in one of her corporate workshops, or a member of the media.

Halelly first explains the difference between earned and unmerited confidence. Then she breaks down how we can build our confidence in a way that is professional and empowering, demonstrate our confidence in a way that gets us noticed for new opportunities, and avoid being seen as pompous or boastful, or worse, full of air and empty of content. Take a listen, weigh in with your own opinion, and share with others!

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133: Rule Makers, Rule Breakers – Balancing Tight and Loose Cultural Norms in Your Workplace with Michele Gelfand

133: Rule Makers, Rule Breakers – Balancing Tight and Loose Cultural Norms in Your Workplace with Michele Gelfand

Workplace cultures vary greatly in terms of how strict or loose they are. Ideally, where a given workplace falls on this spectrum reflects the values and necessities of that business or organization. This raises a crucial question for us as leaders: how do we determine what is just the right amount of tightness or looseness in our workplace cultures? Professor Michele Gelfand of the University of Maryland joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow Show to discuss the high impact role of cultural norms in the workplace. Listen to find out what factors tend to determine tightness or looseness in both organizations and nations, how leaders can harness the power of cultural norms to promote a higher level of effectiveness in their workplaces, and how you can use an understanding of Michele’s ideas to help you become a better negotiator. Plus, discover how these ideas can translate usefully on an individual level as well! Be sure to tune in and share what you learn with others.

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132: Taking the Work Out of Networking with Karen Wickre

132: Taking the Work Out of Networking with Karen Wickre

At certain points in our professional careers, we will need to reach out to our network for help. But especially if you’re an introvert, it isn’t always easy to grow and maintain a network that will be there for you when you need it. Author, advisor, and Silicon Valley veteran Karen Wickre joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow Show to share powerful networking advice backed by her own diverse and successful experience working at Google, Twitter, and beyond. An introvert herself, she believes that introverts hold more power than they think in the professional world. She has developed a set of eleven organizing principles that will help introverts (and just about anyone else!) master networking and make connections that count. Learn how to take the “work” out of networking by practicing techniques like the ‘play a long game,’ and by focusing on connecting with people you really like. Plus, find out how LinkedIn can contribute to a mindset of lazy networking. Listen and take a moment to share this episode with others in your network to keep those connections warm.

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131: [Solo] How to Delegate Right and Reduce Your Stress on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

131: [Solo] How to Delegate Right and Reduce Your Stress on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Effective delegation is an essential supervisory skill. Any leader who supervises the work of others must learn to delegate effectively in order to accomplish his or her goals. As you move into a leadership role you must remove some of the work you previously accomplished on your own in order to make time for performance management and leadership tasks. And because that work still must be completed, you will need to delegate it to your staff.

On this solo episode of the TalentGrow Show, Halelly summarizes the barriers and benefits of delegating and describes a step-by-step process to help you delegate successfully, reduce your stress, grow your talent, and create better teams. Take a listen, weigh in with your own opinion, and share with others!

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130: Conflict Resolution and Performance Evaluation through Harmony Circles with Psychologist and Mediator Kira Nurieli

130: Conflict Resolution and Performance Evaluation through Harmony Circles with Psychologist and Mediator Kira Nurieli

Conflict resolution can be a difficult and even overwhelming topic for many leaders. How can we address conflict in a healthy, meaningful, and effective way? Kira Nurieli, a social-organizational psychologist and mediator, joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow Show to share her unique and transformative approach to conflict resolution: Harmony Circles. Tune in to discover the biological and theoretical framework behind Harmony Circles, why they are so beneficial, and how to effectively facilitate them. According to Kira, Harmony Circles allow us to tap into the driving emotions that lie at the root of our workplace dynamics, so you’ll definitely want to learn about this powerful tool for building energized and successful teams. Plus, discover the benefits of Performance Evaluation Circles versus other more common methods of employee evaluation! Listen and don’t forget to share with others in your network.

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