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The TalentGrow Show: Grow Your Leadership and Communication Skills

Are you a leader who is always looking to take your game to the next level? Maybe you’re new to leadership or aspiring to become a leader? This podcast is for self-motivated and growth-oriented current and future leaders who want actionable, results-oriented insight and advice on how to take their leadership, communication, and people skills to the next level and become the kind of leader people *want* to follow.
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Dec 27, 2016

As we wrap up 2016, Halelly walks down memory lane and counts down the top 10 most downloaded 2016 episodes of the TalentGrow Show. Then, she gives a helpful tip you can use to take your networking skills to a new level with zero 'ick-factor'. She issues a challenge to you (AND herself) for an easy ritual to incorporate in 2017 that will be just like brushing teeth. What? Really. Listen and do it! Dare you! Thanks for listening and please comment and share.

Dec 13, 2016

Robert Richman is a culture strategist who was the co-creator of Zappos Insights, the program that taught other companies the secrets behind Zappos’ amazing employee culture. He’s also an author and speaker and a phenomenal storyteller, as you will soon hear. In his fun and engaging conversation with host Halelly Azulay, you’ll learn the number one misconception leaders have about culture and how to avoid it. He’ll address specific ways you can have a positive impact on culture in your organization even if you’re not sitting at the top, and the importance of staying true to your core values. They talk about how to be more influential and persuasive, and Robert shares his exciting new project, the X-pill – it’s definitely unique, so check it out. Plus, as we do on every episode of the TalentGrow Show podcast, he ends with a very actionable tip you can use to take your own leadership skills to the next level. Listen and enjoy (and be sure to answer Halelly’s question at the end)!

Nov 22, 2016

Ah, “Millennials” … whether you love them, love to hate ‘em, ARE one of them, or think the whole thing is a bunch of stereotypical bologna, they are certainly discussed a lot in today’s world of work. In this podcast episode, Halelly’s guest, author, speaker, futurist, and workplace consultant and expert Alexandra Levit, shares her expertise from her best-selling books and consulting work to help us figure out how to lead them, or how to develop your career as a leader if you are one of them. She also discusses the next generation of workers – Gen Z, some fascinating workplace future trends (hello robots!) and what they might hold in store for us, and how to prepare ourselves to succeed in this new world order. And of course, we focus on making it a very actionable conversation with tips and advice you can use immediately after listening. So, take a listen, share with others, and don’t forget to give us an iTunes review and rating so more people can discover the show (THANKS in advance)!

Nov 8, 2016

Isabelle Lord, author, trainer, professional certified coach, and herself a manager, speaks with host Halelly Azulay about how to be an inspirational manager – with a focus on actionable (rather than esoteric) advice. She shares some of the ways to do that based on her best-selling and newly translated book, The Inspirational Manager: The 10 Rules of Leadership Communication. She provides specific tips, techniques, and examples for very tangible steps you can take to become more inspirational and effective in your communication as a leader. And listen at the end for your two free gifts – one from Isabelle and one from Halelly!

Oct 25, 2016

Do you hate networking? Does it sometimes feel like a huge waste of time? Halelly's guest, Derek Coburn, entrepreneur and owner of two successful businesses and author of Networking is Not Working, has a contrarian point of view. Derek and Halelly discuss how he approaches networking differently from common practice and advice out there. He explains how you can ensure you get (and give!) the most value in the time you spend on networking, and the reason why reviving your dormant ties might be a much smarter and more effective networking strategy than just going to more networking events. He gives super practical, tactical advice but also talks about mindset and an overall goal-oriented approach that can help you become an ‘un-networker extraordinaire’ just like him. Take a listen now and share with others!

Oct 11, 2016

Host Halelly Azulay leads a peer-to-peer conversation with author, philosopher, and thinker Don Watkins (who was also featured on ep026) about mentoring. They chat about what mentoring is, how to get a mentor, how to become a mentor, and how to overcome the fear of asking for mentorship. They discuss how to ensure a good value exchange as well as common mistakes people make in asking a mentor for their help and in ensuring they ask for just the right kind of input – not too much or too little. What’s really in it for the mentor? Don and Halelly share advice and stories from their careers about being mentees/protégés as well as mentors, and of course actionable tips and advice you can put to use immediately to give and get more value out of the mentoring relationships in your life. Take a listen and share with others!

Sep 27, 2016

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. And just in case you’re not sure what to talk about, I recorded this solo episode to help 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. P.S., be sure to subscribe, rate, and leave a quick review in iTunes, please and thank you!

Sep 13, 2016

Lots of people struggle with making good decisions. It’s an important skill to build, especially if you lead others (or aspire to), but there are many obstacles to good decision making. Writer, researcher, and thinker Jeff Annello of the popular Farnam Street website and newsletter talks to Halelly Azulay, host of the TalentGrow Show, about how to become better at making effective and efficient decisions. They discuss the role of mental models, intuition, and thinking errors and biases in decision making and how to become more aware of and fight against them. What specifically is important for leaders to know to make better decisions and help their teams to improve their decision quality. Finally, Jeff gives a very actionable tip that you can implement immediately to begin ratcheting up your own decision making skills. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes and share this episode with others who could also benefit!

Aug 23, 2016

Susan Scott, best-selling author and leadership development architect explains what fierce conversations are, why it’s important that we have them (a lot!), and a common obstacle we all face and how to overcome it when having these types of conversations – both at work in your personal lives. In her conversation with The TalentGrow Show host Halelly Azulay, Susan also talks about how to be open and more transparent and invite this kind of openness from others (and what some of us might be doing to hinder that). She explores why she thinks careful conversations are almost always failed conversations. They also discuss the concept of radical transparency, which Susan advocates, and the difference between fierce leaders and other leaders. And of course, Susan shares one actionable suggestion that will help you upgrade your leadership and will make a HUGE difference in the quality of your conversations and your relationships. You should really begin doing it, today!

Aug 9, 2016

What’s wrong with just doing great work and minding your own business? Do we really have to engage in the ‘game under the game’ happening every day in every job and every workplace? Yes, in his interview on the TalentGrow Show with host Halelly Azulay, Dan Rust says you *must* actively play the game because otherwise, you’re just getting played. He describes what he means by Workplace Poker – the title of his latest book – and gives super specific, very actionable and granular advice. You’ll learn how to effectively handle backstabbers and how to promote yourself and increase your success and career growth in a positive way that doesn’t involve acting like a pompous Donald Trump or tooting your own horn. You’ll emerge with tons of ideas for ways you can boost your career success right away, so give this episode a listen now!

Jul 26, 2016

Jeremy Epstein is not a leadership expert – he’s a marketing expert (and a great one at that). But he is a real-life, in-the-trenches leader who has embarked on a self-development journey to become a better people manager. He has chosen a very unique approach to both how he is sourcing advice and in sharing his journey. And in this fast-moving, robust conversation with The TalentGrow Show’s host Halelly Azulay, Jeremy shares his approach and some of his insights that have been yielding spectacular results in his own leadership development journey, in the hopes of inspiring you to do the same. You’ll get more than inspiration, though – you’ll get really specific, actionable ideas and advice for how to take your own people management and leadership skills to the next level! Take a listen now!

Jul 12, 2016

In this episode Halelly talks with Bill Treasurer, author, speaker, and Chief Encouragement Officer of Giant Leap Consulting, about common leadership mistakes and his advice for becoming a more courageous leader. They discuss why fear has become the “four-letter F word” and why courage (coupled with morality) is so important. They get into an interesting conversation about the best approach to the tension in leadership advice between ‘be yourself’ and ‘fake it till you make it’ and why being congruent is really important (and Bill “sings” its praises… literally ;) ). And Bill suggests we take a stance against some lessons that were ingrained into us in our childhood – listen to find out which ones.

Jun 28, 2016

In this short solo episode of the TalentGrow Show podcast, host Halelly Azulay shares a personal story about how a lesson she learned at her CrossFit gym perfectly encapsulates her self-leadership philosophy and why you can apply it to your life and your job (and everything in between). She also mentions her favorite Michelangelo quotation and hopes you’ll be inspired to maximize, not compromise. Finally, she shares her most recent iTunes review – it’s pretty awesome!

Jun 14, 2016

This is a conversation with a funny man, and it’s fast-moving so hold on to your hat! Michael Bungay Stanier, an award-winning and sought-after coach, author, and speaker, talks with Halelly Azulay about his latest book, The Coaching Habit. Michael wants us leaders to learn to stay a little more curious a little longer and rush to ideas and advice a little more slowly, which will ultimately let us be more effective and work less hard. He teaches us three of the seven coaching questions from his book that will help you have better coach-like conversations that take 10 minutes or less. We discuss the neuroscience of engagement, ways to help people get more ‘Ahas’ to cement their insights and learning, and the kind of question we should all try to avoid. Finally, as in every episode of The TalentGrow Show, Michael shares a highly actionable piece of advice to help you upgrade your leadership skills right away – this one in answer to a listener’s question.

May 24, 2016

Is there a difference between taking leadership and giving leadership? And, if so, does it really make that big a difference in your ability to lead? My guest says “yes” to both! Best-selling author Bob Burg is a sought-after speaker at company leadership and sales conferences sharing the platform with everyone from today’s business leaders and broadcast personalities to even a former U.S. President. In this fast-paced conversation with the TalentGrow Show's Halelly Azulay, Bob describes the five keys to legendary leadership from his book, The Go-Giver Leader, and the importance of creating a win-win value trade the core of all your interactions. We even discuss the purpose of life, the key to happiness, a common mistake leaders make, and one actionable tip that will stretch you to become an even better leader. Go listen and don't forget to leave a comment on the shownotes page and a rating and a review on iTunes.

May 10, 2016

Once again we have a great role model on the TalentGrow Show for how you can build an excellent leadership career in two parallel tracks. Hassan Osman is not just a successful leader of teams in a large corporation, he’s also a successful author and blogger who is building a brand and adding value to a growing tribe of followers in his free time, all while having a family and a life. We discuss why (and how) he does it as well as dig into some of his areas of expertise covered in his two Amazon best-selling books. Hassan shares specific and actionable tips about leading virtual teams and improving the effectiveness of your emails, and a great final tip for ratcheting up your leadership and career success through a simple daily practice.

Apr 26, 2016

Listen to Kathy Albarado, founder and CEO of Helios HR, an award-winning human capital management consultant who brings a triple-whammy perspective on leadership to the show. As a leader in her own successful company, Kathy understands leading those who help her organization win awards and satisfy clients. As coach to her client leaders, she helps client companies achieve success. And as a community leader and philanthropist, she has built a unique platform that allows many companies share leadership best practices and success insights. Kathy speaks with TalentGrow Show host, Halelly Azulay, about her path to launching her own company based in her strong passion for great organizational culture. She describes ways you can create a great culture, as well as the importance of seeking clarity and feedback. And she gives specific examples, stories, and how-to’s for doing just that.

Apr 12, 2016

It’s not every day we get to learn about leadership from a man who started as a busboy and rose to the C-Suite of major hospitality brands like Hilton and Marriott. Today our guest is Kimo Kippen, chief learning officer, global talent development leader, and brand ambassador at Hilton Worldwide, who was awarded the prestigious 2015 CLO of the Year award by CLO Magazine. In his conversation with Halelly Azulay, host of the TalentGrow Show podcast, Kimo defines leadership and shares how to practice authentic leadership, ways to develop your self-awareness, and how to be a better coach to your team members. He suggests ways to navigate the complexity of today’s diverse workforce realities and specific questions you can put to use right away to help you build trust and invoke higher performance from your team. Plus, Kimo reveals the biggest mistake leaders make and suggestions for becoming a better leader (and even networker!).

Mar 29, 2016

The way we approach our career affects our success and fulfillment, says philosopher, author, and thinker Don Watkins. In his conversation with Halelly Azulay, host of the TalentGrow Show podcast, he discusses common misconceptions and mistakes about career success and what motivates people to high performance. Halelly and Don discuss how to properly view achievement and pride and what is the proper role of money and status in your career decisions. Don discusses the reason why equality is not necessarily the fair way to manage your team (based on insights from his new book, Equal is Unfair). Business performance is not a zero-sum game, so we shouldn't compare it to sports. He also shares the key benefits you can gain by aligning your philosophy and your actions and drops a great action tip that can get you started right away to achieving greater success.

Mar 22, 2016

In this solo episode, Halelly Azulay shares seven ways that you can be a more engaging communicator. This episode will help you improve your communication success in every kind of interaction, whether at work, at home, or anywhere else. There are lots of actionable tips and ideas that will help you be magnetic and compelling to those you speak with. These can help anyone, from the most awkward or shy to those who were born with a high charisma level, take their communication skills to the next level.

Mar 8, 2016

The TalentGrow Show host Halelly Azulay talks with award-winning entrepreneur and author, Aaron Hurst, about how leaders can bring purpose to work and change the very nature of work in the process. Aaron busts three common myths about purpose and describes ways that each of us can identify our purpose. He shares some staggering statistics about the deficit of purpose-oriented workers in today’s workplace and why we should hire for this trait to bring higher performance and better culture to organizations everywhere (plus he suggests exactly how to screen candidates for this illusive characteristic). Aaron also tells Halelly about different purpose types and how leaders can use them, and common mistakes leaders make and how to avoid them. Finally, Aaron shares one highly actionable tip that listeners can take to improve your leadership skills.

Feb 23, 2016

Michelle James bridges creativity and business. She helps leaders rediscover their creativity and apply it in the workplace. In this fast-paced conversation between Michelle and Halelly Azulay, host of the TalentGrow Show, they discuss the path to generating new ways of thinking about your challenges by tapping into your creativity as a leader, team member, and for organizations as a whole. Michelle shares the importance of balancing discomfort with safety, the infusion of improv theater principles into leadership, and how to cultivate more creative employees. She provides a great action tip for reevaluating some of your assumptions and even offers two great free resources to the listeners that can help them bring more of their creativity to work.

Feb 9, 2016

Listen to this fascinating conversation with Chip Joyce, CEO & Co-Founder of Allied Talent, about what the essential problem is with workplaces nowadays and his vision for how it could be so much better if we evolved the way in which we view the employee-employer relationships. Halelly Azulay, the host of the TalentGrow Show, first explores the highly unusual and very inspiring way in which Chip created his perfect job when the right job wasn’t simply waiting on some job board (and is it ever?). Then they discuss how managers should craft a professional alliance with their employees to build trust and create value and ways to make incremental positive changes in the world of work. Chip and Halelly talk about how companies and leaders need to get used to being in ‘permanent beta’ mode and iterate constantly, adapting to the needs and information presented by the moment and by the environment. Finally, Chip shares a great, actionable tip that will help you upgrade your leadership effectiveness and even offers a downloadable worksheet to help you implement his suggestion – see the link in the show-notes!

Jan 26, 2016

Networking - it's not a 4-letter word, and it's not just for getting a job or selling stuff. It's a key professional competency for everyone, regardless of your level, role, profession, or industry. In this episode, Halelly Azulay talks to networking expert Lynne Waymon about ways to be more strategic about developing your networking know-how. They review the eight networking competencies and the six trust-building stages, as well as how you can use networking to accelerate your career growth and increase your leadership effectiveness. Lynne offers listeners a chance to get her 40-item online assessment to diagnose their current networking proficiency and how to ratchet it up. Finally, as always, Halelly invites Lynne to share one actionable suggestion that you can use right away to give your networking a booster shot in the arm. Do it!

Jan 12, 2016

In this conversation with author Michael Lee Stallard, TalentGrow Show host Halelly Azulay explores the meaning, stories, research, and suggestions in his book, Connection Culture. Mike and Halelly discuss what he means by Connection Culture and why it can be a huge competitive advantage to every leader and organization. They chat about how to create cultures that bring about connection, community, cooperation, and collaboration. He shares ways in which a connection culture impacts health, stress, and the bottom line and how you can begin to create a better connection culture in your organization. And, find out how you can win a signed copy of Michael’s book – there are not one, but two ways to easily win this great book.

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