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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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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129: After the Millennials – Leveraging the Strengths of Generation Z with Futurist Anne Boysen

129: After the Millennials – Leveraging the Strengths of Generation Z with Futurist Anne Boysen

Every generation has experienced a unique set of circumstances and key historical events that have helped shape their shared values and their way of looking at the world. Today, with Generation Z’ers flooding into the workplace, it is increasingly important for leaders and managers to understand generational trends in order to leverage Generation Z’s potential. Anne Boysen, futurist and generational expert, has studied and analyzed our youngest generation since the beginning, and joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow Show to share generational insights that will help you work with and lead Generation Z. Tune in to discover Anne’s framework for analyzing generational trends, which trends leaders and managers of Gen Z’ers should be paying attention to today, and what it means when we say that Gen Z’ers are ‘solutionists’ and ‘technology natives’. Plus, find out what large organizations can do to stay relevant amidst the rise of micro-organizations and freelancing! Listen and share with others in your network.

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128: Beyond Belonging – Connecting Authentically without Losing Yourself in Others with Wendy Gates Corbett

128: Beyond Belonging – Connecting Authentically without Losing Yourself in Others with Wendy Gates Corbett

We are all different, yet we all strive for a sense of belonging. Sometimes, this natural quest can become all-consuming and toxic. Do you ever find yourself trying to be the same as others in an attempt to belong? Wendy Gates Corbett, a recognized leader in the talent development world, joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow Show to share the story of how she overcame a crippling need to belong by asking herself the one question that allowed her to blossom: “What About Me?” Listen to discover the egregious costs of constantly worrying about whether you belong, and to learn instead how to connect with others authentically without losing yourself in the process. Plus, learn how leaders can celebrate the individuality of their team-members while helping them develop an authentic sense of belonging at the same time. Listen and don’t forget to share with others in your network!

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127: [Ask Halelly] “How can I develop myself and my team to be future-ready leaders?” on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

127: [Ask Halelly] “How can I develop myself and my team to be future-ready leaders?” on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

One of the biggest challenges that all employees have today is staying future-ready and employable. One of the biggest challenges leaders and managers have today is creating future-ready employees and leaders. How can you navigate a workplace that is changing at the speed of technology, anticipate the skills and development you and your employees will need in the future, and keep employees engaged, retaining them through times of change? Here’s another Ask Halelly episode of the TalentGrow Show, where Halelly Azulay 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 shares 5 ways to develop yourself and your team to be future-ready leaders. Take a listen, weigh in with your own opinion, and share with others!

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126: Influence Redefined — Becoming a More Influential Leader with Stacey Hanke

126: Influence Redefined — Becoming a More Influential Leader with Stacey Hanke

Did you know that a staggering 95% of leaders think that they are more influential than they actually are? This suggests a surprising lack of self-awareness among leaders in the workplace according to author and executive coach Stacey Hanke. So how do you slip into that 5% of leaders who aren’t deluded about their own level of influence? Stacey joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow Show to share very actionable advice for escaping feedback-bubbles and ditching bad workplace habits that result from a lack of self-awareness. She also weighs in on the impact of our fast-changing technological world on human interactions and communication and discusses what we can do to effectively ‘stand out’ today and in the future. Plus, discover how Stacey ties in leadership and culture to parents and children, and what this compelling comparison means for leaders and managers! Listen and share this episode with others in your network.

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124: Disrupt It Yourself – Encouraging Intrapreneurship and Innovation In Your Organization with Simone Ahuja

124: Disrupt It Yourself – Encouraging Intrapreneurship and Innovation In Your Organization with Simone Ahuja

Leaders are constantly faced with the challenge of encouraging innovation and leveraging the highest potential of their team. However, it isn’t always easy to know when and where it is appropriate to call for change within an organization, nor how to cultivate intrapreneurship in your team. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly chats with author and Fortune 500 consultant Simone Ahuja to get her powerful perspective on leadership and intrapreneurship. Advocating enterprise-wide transformation through small steps and experiments, Simone shares actions that leaders can take at any level of an organization to encourage innovation. You’ll learn why intrapreneurship is so valuable yet such a challenge in large companies, which emerging trends are making an impact on innovation, and what structures you can put into place to leverage your team’s creativity and potential. Plus, learn the important distinction that Simone sums up as ‘being a navy seal or being a pirate!’ Listen and don’t forget to share with others in your network.

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123: [Solo] Stop Multitasking While Listening During Critical Conversations on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

123: [Solo] Stop Multitasking While Listening During Critical Conversations on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

I’m sure you’ve been on the receiving end of this. The question is: are you dishing it out?

Listening in a distracted way during an important conversation. So-called “multitasking” when you really ought to be giving your full attention.

Science has shown us that we can’t actually multitask on executive function brain tasks, so let’s stop the charade and quit this nasty and increasingly common habit.

On today’s solo episode of the TalentGrow Show, Halelly will share a story from a recent workshop participant where this issue came up. Then she’ll explain why it’s not wise to do something else that requires your thinking bandwidth during critical conversations (the kind where there’s an important outcome and your relationship is on the line). Like reading or writing emails, for example. Even if others are doing it. Even if your senior leaders do it. Don’t. Take a listen now and share with those who could also benefit!

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122: How to Bring More Wellness into your Workplace Culture with Laura Putnam

122: How to Bring More Wellness into your Workplace Culture with Laura Putnam

Wellness is something that we think a lot about in our individual lives, but we may not always consider in the workplace context. Laura Putnam, author and founder/CEO of Motion Infusion, is passionate about bringing wellness into the workplace to foster a healthier, happier and more productive workplace culture. In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Laura joins Halelly to discuss the ideas from her Amazon #1 Hot New Release in HR & Personnel Management, Workplace Wellness That Works. She advocates that leaders at every level of an organization leverage their unique position to introduce more wellness, and shares simple and creative things we as leaders can do to accomplish this. Listen to find out why workplace wellness is so important to a thriving, productive team, and what you should be doing to implement positive change. Plus, find out how to “go stealth” and sneak wellness into non-wellness activities at work! If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to share it with others.

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121: Raise Your Game – High Performance Secrets from the Sports World with Alan Stein, Jr.

121: Raise Your Game – High Performance Secrets from the Sports World with Alan Stein, Jr.

No two professions seem quite so different from each other as sports and business leadership. Author and coach Alan Stein, Jr., however, is bridging the gap between these two worlds by bringing high performance secrets from the sports arena into the corporate world. A long time performance coach in basketball and in business, Alan believes that leaders in the business world could learn a great deal from common practices in world class sports. In this exciting episode of The TalentGrow Show, learn how to lead like a world class athlete as Halelly and Alan discuss key similarities between top performers in sports and in business, a three step technique to close your performance gap, and actionable advice for changing negative habits or behaviors. Plus, listen to discover the thought provoking results of a research study that will boost your confidence in your ability to take control of your behavior! Don’t miss this episode, and remember to share it with others, too!

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Daniel Pink on the Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Daniel Pink on the Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Happy New Year! To celebrate 2018 (and to allow us a little break from production during the holidays), we're rebroadcasting Halelly's favorite episode of 2018 - episode 83 featuring Daniel Pink. Enjoy!!

Original description: Timing, according to bestselling author Daniel Pink, is a crucial element of productivity and performance. In fact, research shows that our performance on cognitive tests is affected by up to 20 percent by the time of day alone. So how can we use this information to increase our own performance? In this exciting episode of The TalentGrow Show, Daniel Pink explains the big ideas behind his new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, and shares very actionable advice for arranging your own schedule – and your team’s – in a way that takes advantage of your peak-performance times. Our lives are a never-ending stream of “when”-decisions, and Daniel shows us how to base these decisions on science rather than intuition or guesswork. Learn about the three performance stages we each experience in any given day, the different chronotypes we all fall into, and how to use all of this information to help us flourish at work -- especially as current or aspiring leaders. Listen and share with others!

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120: [Solo] The Top 5 Episodes of 2018 on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

120: [Solo] The Top 5 Episodes of 2018 on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Our 2018 ride was a fun one! We began publishing weekly and had twice as many shows as in previous years. So many great guests and solo episodes, so on today’s solo episode on the TalentGrow Show, Halelly summarizes the year of 2018 for the podcast. She recaps the highlights of 2018, gives a tiny-taste replay for each of the top five most downloaded episodes, and names her own favorite episode of 2018. Of course she gives a word or two about the plans for 2019 as well as her actionable tip for TalentGrowers that you can apply right now and in 2019. What was your favorite episode in 2018? Leave a comment and let us know. Take a listen now!

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119: Humanity Works – Technology and Creativity in the Workplace of the Future with Alexandra Levit

119: Humanity Works – Technology and Creativity in the Workplace of the Future with Alexandra Levit

As technology and automation continue to evolve, so will the landscape of the workplace. Many skills, and even entire careers, will become obsolete as new ones emerge. What can we do to make ourselves valuable in the marketplace of the future? In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Workplace Expert and Futurist Alexandra Levit returns to the show to share her insights on these critical issues. You’ll discover what important shifts and changes in the workplace Alexandra expects to see by the year 2030, what impact we can expect the evolution of technology and automation to have on today’s careers, and how we can best prepare ourselves for the inevitable change. Plus, find out what human attribute Alexandra thinks will become even more valuable as technology becomes an ever-more crucial part of the workplace. Listen and don’t forget to share with others!

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