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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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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.

Dec 22, 2015

As she wraps up her first year of podcasting on The TalentGrow Show, Halelly Azulay looks back and shares her story of how the podcast got started and the three biggest leadership lessons she has learned that can apply to any leader as they think about their goals and their work. Halelly gets up-close-and-personal and shares the behind the scenes stories, fears, concerns, hopes, and dreams she has experienced as a newbie podcaster and suggests lessons that you can immediately apply and benefit from. She also makes a personal request for a couple of tiny, quick favors at the end - will you be one of the listeners who will grant her these easy wishes? Listen, enjoy, respond, and share!

Dec 8, 2015

Connecting online can be both more or less authentic, depending on your approach. But in the 21st Century, we have many new opportunities to connect with more and different people in a different way than ever before because of how we can create content online. We can leverage these opportunities to share more of ourselves, to be more thoughtful about how we share about ourselves, and build amazing connections and networks. In this episode, Halelly Azulay chats with Michael D. Simmons, an award-winning serial entrepreneur, best-selling author and internationally-acclaimed speaker who is a world-class connector of people and ideas who loves to research, synthesize, and share ideas about building relationships in the 21st century. We also talk about how contexts collide online, creating new challenges for managing our personal brands and calling on us to become more holistic and authentic so that we’re not trying to put up a front or share the wrong things in the wrong contexts. Michael also shares the fascinating concept of the “expert generalist” or “broker” as a massively effective way for professionals to accelerate their career success (by 65%!) and increase their own learning and the value they offer to their employers, employees, and clients. With so many people focusing on being seen as a specialist or expert, this counter-intuitive approach can be a powerful one to consider tapping into.

Nov 24, 2015

This week in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving. Therefore, the TalentGrow Show episode this week is a special one all about gratitude. Did you know that studies show that people who practice mindful gratitude (like keeping a gratitude journal) are 25% happier? In this shorter solo episode, Halelly Azulay will teach you how to try keeping a gratitude journal and writing a gratitude letter. These are just two examples of many kinds of habits that you can develop to become more grateful and, as a result, actually become happier.

Nov 10, 2015

Have you become "lost in your own mind"? Many of us are so bombarded by distractions (external AND internal) that we find ourselves being controlled by our meandering mind instead of in control of it. Halelly Azulay talks to author Sir John Hargrave about lessons he's learned the hard way and shares through his new book, Mind Hacking, about how to develop the ability to go into super-user mode and get an 'admin user' passcode for your own mind. In this fast and funny episode, learn how to regain the lost art of concentration for greater focus, daily habits you can easily cultivate to get control of your daily deluge of to-do's, and hear John's personal story of how he learned this the hard way and why you probably don't need to (if you listen to this podcast and follow his tips). Plus you'll hear how John got the 'Sir' title (but it's not what you think). Check it out and share it with your friends, colleagues, and family!

Oct 27, 2015

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.

Oct 13, 2015

Do you sometimes feel stuck or frustrated with your own and your business or team’s growth? Lots of leaders experience this, which is why they need a triangle of trusted advisors, says entrepreneur, author, and EOS Implementer Jonathan B Smith. Halelly Azulay, host of The TalentGrow Show, chats with Jonathan about who exactly these three trusted advisors are and how everyone listening needs them. Jonathan shares very practical and actionable advice about how to scale this idea to any situation and budget, and how his new book, Optimize for Growth, can help you assess where to start and how to proceed. They also discuss the most common mistake leaders make and ways to avoid it, and Jonathan’s takeaway tip that you need to implement right away, at your very next meeting, to make a significant positive impact on your effectiveness.

Sep 22, 2015

In her work around the globe as an executive coach and leadership expert, Dr. Marcia Reynolds has seen some common challenges that leaders face. Halelly Azulay, host of the TalentGrow Show, and Marcia discuss these common challenges and ways to overcome them using a coaching approach. Marcia is one of the world’s leading coaches and a leader in the coaching industry. She shares ideas that can help leaders expand their employees’ capacity to do more and be more and why she suggests they push people into the discomfort zone. You’ll learn why and how to challenge people in ways that create breakthroughs and lead to lasting behavioral change. In the last few minutes, Marcia also provides a practical and actionable tip that every leader (current and aspiring) can use to upgrade their leadership competence.

Sep 8, 2015

Do you want to become more resilient in the face of all the change and chaos of our daily lives nowadays? On this episode of the TalentGrow Show podcast, executive coach and resilience expert Doug Hensch takes a break from writing his book on resilience to share with host Halelly Azulay some of his key tips on how to develop greater resilience as a leader, both in yourself and in your team. They discuss Doug’s interesting career journey and major shift (and what book catalyzed a huge change for him), as well as lots of insights and stories that bring to life some of the research from the world of Positive Psychology that you can apply to the world of work. Be sure to check out Doug’s “front door and back door” strategies that he shares at the end of the episode to help you become more resilient, starting today!

Aug 25, 2015

It seems that everyone loves to hate on performance reviews and performance management. But the reason is most leaders (and organizations) do them wrong. Are you one of those leaders? Find out in this light and fast conversation between the host of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly Azulay, and her guest Marnie Green, CSP. Marnie is a leadership development expert, speaker, and author who specializes in performance management and has published two books on the subject. She speaks all over the world, helping leaders improve the quality and outcomes of their performance conversations. Listen to discover the most common mistakes leaders make in performance conversations and specific suggestions for how to avoid or fix them. You’ll also learn the challenges facing many leaders regarding giving ongoing performance feedback and why some employees resist feedback. Marnie shares what the youngest members of the workforce REALLY want and gives a great actionable tip at the end that you can implement in your very next workplace conversation with any employee or peer. Give it a listen and leave a comment with your thoughts! And don't forget to leave us a rating and/or review on iTunes - thank you!

Aug 11, 2015

Do you want to enhance your communication skills? Would you like to be known as a thought-leader to accelerate your career and success? Communication and leadership expert Alexia Vernon speaks with Halelly Azulay about how she has found success doing just that, and how she teaches others to do the same. Learn how to become a better speaker, presenter, and communicator and how to be better as a leader by connecting with your audience and showing your true self in an impactful way. Be sure to check our Alexia's free video training by clicking the link in the shownotes, and leave a comment about your insights and feedback.

Jul 28, 2015

In this episode of the TalentGrow Show, host Halelly Azulay talks with Shannon Polly, MAPP, ACC, a leadership development consultant and an expert on executive presence and positive psychology. The light and funny conversation will give you great insights about why character strengths are important and how to leverage them using Shannon’s new book, Character Strengths Matter. You’ll learn about how Shannon blends her acting background with her depth of research into happiness and wellbeing into her work with organizations like the army and corporations, and her unique ways of teaching people to leverage their strengths and become more productive and organizations more profitable. Shannon shares three great actionable suggestions that can immediately give you results in your performance and happiness, but also information about how you can keep challenging yourself and keep learning from her and others to continue that improvement and keep those great results coming.

What you’ll learn:


• How bringing your strengths to your leadership work is so important and how Shannon has co-edited a new book that will help you do it
• What cool new twist Shannon has added to her book that will help your work on your strengths and improve both your leadership skills and team effectiveness
• Discover how character strengths are actually ubiquitous across cultures and across time (did you know that the same strengths that are most prevalent in the US are actually highest all around the world?)
• Which character strengths are most (and least) prevalent all around the world?
• How can you develop your strengths with the help of Aristotle, Oprah Winfrey, and Mother Theresa?
• Why is acting 'as if' is good for learning?
• What is somatic work and how Shannon taps into it in her coaching work?
• What was the amazing and deeply meaningful work that Shannon did with the U.S. Army to create measurable results in resilience, happiness, and leadership readiness?
• Why the science and research on positive psychology can sway both hardened army sergeants and business people to value and seek more training on it
• Why it all comes down to relationships in business and leadership, and why leaders and organizations need to invest in their people
• What secret homage does Shannon make to me (Halelly) in her book?
• What is the problem with authenticity and how our definition of it is limiting our development
• What's Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development and why should you GO THERE?
• Shannon shares a free strengths challenge that starts on August 17th as well as an upcoming certificate program in applied positive psychology that is in multiple cities and coming to Washington DC in the fall of 2015.
• Get not one but three different takeaway actions you can implement to ratchet up your habits, achieving mastery, and increasing your happiness (it's not what you think!)
• What’s the unexpected indirect connection between doing nice things for others and feeling happy?

Jul 14, 2015

Get tons of insights and ideas from this conversation between The TalentGrow Show host, Halelly Azulay, and The Dynamic Communicator, Jill Schiefelbein, for how to improve your workplace communication skills as a leader and team member. Jill shares her own journey from teen motivational speaker to university instructor, to media coach, to keynoting and her current role helping businesses solve problems through dynamic communications. Jill and Halelly discuss ways to build trust, increase credibility, and avoid damaging your credibility unintentionally. Jill describes how you can create commitment on your team by communicating in a way that is supportive, proactive, authentic, genuine, and transparent. She diminishes the fear many leaders have around being vulnerable and sharing credit. Jill also shares the counter-intuitive secret to getting promoted and the key technique she used to teach athletes to prep them for media interviews that can help corporate leaders create team commitment and generate better results. Take a listen!

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