161: The A Player Advantage – Building a Team You Would Enthusiastically Rehire with Rick Crossland

161: The A Player Advantage – Building a Team You Would Enthusiastically Rehire with Rick Crossland

What percentage of your team would you enthusiastically rehire? That’s the percentage of A Players on your team. What if your entire team was made up of A Players? According to author and business coach Rick Crossland, that’s not only possible, but a necessary part of realizing your business’s highest potential. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Rick joins Halelly to define what an A Player is, how we as leaders can encourage and develop A-level performance in our employees, and what we should be doing about the B and C players on our team. You’ll learn about what Rick calls the seven Cs of leadership and find out what differentiates true leaders from non-leaders. Plus, discover why Rick thinks panel interviews are the way to go when you’re looking to bring someone new onto your team. Listen and be sure to share this episode with others!

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160: Take the Leap – Why and How to Transform Your Career with Bestselling Author Sara Bliss

160: Take the Leap – Why and How to Transform Your Career with Bestselling Author Sara Bliss

Is a career path a straight line or more like a winding road full of forks and detours? On each episode of The TalentGrow Show, guests briefly describe their professional journeys. It’s inspiring to hear about the challenges that successful individuals have faced to get to where they are today and to draw lessons from their experiences. On this episode, freelance writer and bestselling author Sara Bliss and Halelly talk about what it takes to transform your career and achieve what you want most from your life and your work. Taking the leap into a new career can be terrifying so it’s helpful to hear from others who have done it already. Sara shares her own professional journey and the journeys of others that inspired her to write her book, Take The Leap, and offers valuable advice on how to pivot in your career even when circumstances seem to be against you. Listen and be sure to share this episode with others in your network!

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159: [Solo] Why & How to Get to Know Your Employees to Increase Engagement and Performance

159: [Solo] Why & How to Get to Know Your Employees to Increase Engagement and Performance

A mistake many busy leaders make is to just focus on getting the work done. They fall into the role of task master and interact with their team members on a task-basis only.

Your workplace interactions with your employees should be about more than just work tasks. The more that your team members feel like you care to see and know them as humans (not just workers), the more they feel a brain-based need to reciprocate that same care and attention. Caring, vulnerability, curiosity, kindness, and caring build trust.

In this solo episode of the TalentGrow Show, Halelly shares a personal story from a recent workshop in which learning this lesson deeply moved the participants and generated insights and commitments to change. She discusses why you should increase your intimacy with your team members – to know them better – and how to get started (plus what NOT to do).

Take a listen, weigh in with your own opinion, and share with others!

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158: Harnessing Neuroscience to Improve Human Resilience with Dr. Dave Rabin

158: Harnessing Neuroscience to Improve Human Resilience with Dr. Dave Rabin

Stress is something we all struggle with in our personal and professional lives. There are over 129,000 deaths in the US every year attributed to stress alone. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, neuroscientist and board-certified psychiatrist Dr. David Rabin discusses how we can leverage cutting-edge neuroscientific research to train ourselves to develop resilience and improve our mental and physical performance under stress. While Dr. Rabin has developed a scientifically-validated wearable technology to help us do just this, he also believes that we have the ability to improve on our own without the aid of technology. Discover what makes our fight-or-flight instinct work against us and how we can prevent that from happening, what we can learn from paying attention to our Heart Rate Variability (HRV), and how we can start using Dr. Rabin’s research to tackle chronic stress and burnout in the workplace. Tune in and don’t forget to share this episode with others in your network.

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157: Reframing Career Development for Greater Success and Satisfaction with Prof. Rajshree Agarwal

157: Reframing Career Development for Greater Success and Satisfaction with Prof. Rajshree Agarwal

Sometimes the solution to a problem is to reframe the issue itself. Rajshree Agarwal, PhD is the Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland and Director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets, and on this episode of The TalentGrow Show she discusses how we can reframe key career development and leadership concepts in a way that will help us achieve greater success and career satisfaction for ourselves and our teams. She shares stories from her own journey to demonstrate the value of her unique perspective on ideas like upward mobility, risk tolerance, and work-life balance. Plus, Rajshree weighs in on the negative and positive aspects of ‘social comparison,’ and offers Halelly advice on something she’s recently struggled with! Listen and be sure to share this episode with others.

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156: Discovering Your Central Purpose – Why Leaders Need Philosophy with Tal Tsfany

156: Discovering Your Central Purpose – Why Leaders Need Philosophy with Tal Tsfany

Understanding yourself and what motivates you is a critical piece of leadership success. This means that philosophy, which helps us understand the principles that govern the human mind and the mind’s relationship with reality, can be an invaluable tool to upgrade your leadership effectiveness. Tech entrepreneur and nonprofilt CEO Tal Tsfany shares his journey to discovering his personal central purpose and how philosophy and introspection paved the way for his success on this episode of The TalentGrow Show. He discusses with Halelly the process he went through to discover his values, how to avoid philosophical mistakes many leaders make, and how to bring out the genius within each of your employees by understanding their motivations. Plus, find out what it means to be what Tal calls a ‘valuer of life’! Tune in and share with others in your network.

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155: [Ask Halelly] “How can I develop transferable skills now that can help me in my next or dream job?” on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

155: [Ask Halelly] “How can I develop transferable skills now that can help me in my next or dream job?” on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Can you develop your skills for your next job – even your dream job – while still in your current role? Yes. You can, and you should. Halelly will show you how in today’s Ask Halelly episode.

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.

First, Halelly reminds you that you own your development, and encourages you to be proactive in developing the skills you need for your next job. Then, she shares five broadly useful transferable skills to focus on plus suggests specific, non-training, low-budget ideas for how you to grow them, while still in your current role. And even without any involvement from your current boss if it’s not possible.

Take a listen, weigh in with your own opinion, and share with others!

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154: The ingredients of great leadership with Chef Charles Carroll [rebroadcast ep60]

154: The ingredients of great leadership with Chef Charles Carroll [rebroadcast ep60]

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 60. Enjoy!

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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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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151: Leadership Lessons from Poetry with Kirk Barbera

151: Leadership Lessons from Poetry with Kirk Barbera

Can poetry enhance your leadership skills? Poetry is an art form that can be both beautiful and obscure. But if we approach it in a purposeful way, it can also be a powerful tool to improve our communication skills, critical thinking and even our leadership skills. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, media producer and editor-in-chief of Troubadour Magazine Kirk Barbera discusses how poetry can enrich your mind and help you articulate your vision as a leader. He reads us a compelling poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called “A Psalm of Life,” and guides us step-by-step through unpacking the meaning behind it. You’ll discover the link between poetry and leadership success, and how you can train your mind to look at poetry in a new, purposeful way. Listen and don’t forget to share this episode with others!

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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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149: Lead Without Fear – Cultivating the Courage Habit with Kate Swoboda

149: Lead Without Fear – Cultivating the Courage Habit with Kate Swoboda

‘Becoming fearless’ is often presented as a solution to our fear. But perhaps the better approach is instead to cultivate courage in the face of fear. This is what life coach and author of The Courage Habit Kate Swoboda recommends, and on this episode of The TalentGrow Show Halelly and Kate discuss what it means to live and lead courageously. Tune in to discover common fear patterns that hold us back as people and as leaders, why we need to look beyond the platitude of ‘becoming fearless,’ and what we can do to cultivate courageousness in our daily lives and in the workplace. Plus, find out how to identify and break free of the cue-routine-reward loop that so many of us are trapped in. Listen and share with others in your network!

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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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144: Running Remote – How to Lead Effectively in a Remote Workplace with Liam Martin

144: Running Remote – How to Lead Effectively in a Remote Workplace with Liam Martin

Today we are witnessing the significant rise of the remote workplace. In fact, it has been predicted that 50% of all work will be remote by the year 2027. This means that many leaders will need to learn how to effectively manage remote teams in order to stay relevant and excel in the workplace of the future. In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, co-founder and CMO of TimeDoctor.com and Staff.com Liam Martin joins Halelly to share leadership principles for the remote workplace. Listen to get Liam’s best advice for building engaged and productive remote teams and to discover great tools and resources you can use for developing and implementing effective processes. Plus, find out why small remote businesses need to start acting like large ones very quickly in order to survive! Tune in and be sure to share with others in your network.

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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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