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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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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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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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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148: Leadership Lessons from Mars: A New Approach to Teamwork and Collaboration with Carlos Valdes-Dapena

148: Leadership Lessons from Mars: A New Approach to Teamwork and Collaboration with Carlos Valdes-Dapena

An effective approach to team building and collaboration is a key component of any successful organization. Yet, many leaders may find today’s prevailing models on the subject not very helpful. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, author and organizational development professional Carlos Valdes-Dapena challenges the prevailing orthodoxy of corporate team building and shares the unique model he developed from years of research and experience working with Mars, Inc. Listen to discover the motivation and key ideas behind Carlos’ new book Lessons From Mars, learn the three imperatives and six practices that make up his team building model, and get actionable tips and exercises for implementing it successfully in your team. Plus, find out when and why collaboration isn’t always necessary! Tune in and don’t forget to 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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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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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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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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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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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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125: Navigating Generational Trends in the Workplace with Bruce Tulgan

125: Navigating Generational Trends in the Workplace with Bruce Tulgan

As leaders, paying attention to the important generational trends and shifts that underlie the surface stereotypes can give us great insight into managing the people on our team. Bruce Tulgan, an author specializing in management training and generational diversity in the workforce, joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow Show to talk about how to help leaders successfully navigate generational trends in the workplace. We discuss what Generation Z wants from leaders, how leadership expectations differ from Generation X to Generation Z, and what we can do to better lead different generations in the workplace. Tons of interesting insights and actionable tips. Listen here and don’t forget to share this episode with others in your network!

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