Ep061: No Ego—Reality-based leadership with Cy Wakeman

Ep061: No Ego—Reality-based leadership with Cy Wakeman

Leaders need to focus less on employee happiness and more on employee accountability. But wait, shouldn’t that sentence be reversed? After all, much of the popular leadership wisdom of the day says the complete opposite. In fact, this is just one of the many contrarian conclusions drama researcher and international leadership consultant Cy Wakeman has come to through her 25 years of research and experience. In today’s riveting episode of the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay, Cy takes a wrecking ball to some of the most cherished yet harmful leadership myths, offering her own reality-based leadership philosophy over top of the rubble. She also shares some of her most effective actionable tools and techniques that you can use to transform and improve YOUR workplace culture. This episode could give you a whole new perspective on leadership itself. Don’t miss out!

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Ep060: The ingredients of great leadership with Chef Charles Carroll

Ep060: The ingredients of great leadership with Chef Charles Carroll

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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Ep059: Rich Habits for Success with Randall Bell

Ep059: Rich Habits for Success with Randall Bell

In this fascinating and fun-filled episode of the TalentGrow Show, economist, sociologist, and disaster expert Randall Bell, PhD, shares some of his most fascinating statistics and insights relating to success and happiness from his book, Me-We-Do-Be: The Four Cornerstones of Success. He shares how to define success and become more successful by using his ‘Me-We-Do-Be’ framework, what is the biggest mistake leaders make (he says it’s the lowest form of leadership), the one habit that can help you DOMINATE in every aspect of life, and why making your bed in the morning will make you 206% more likely to become a millionaire! Randall distills his extensive research into bite-size ‘rich habits’ that can support your success. Listen to find out what they are!

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Ep058: The 6 Roots of Healthy Leadership with Global CEO Advisor Bob Rosen

Ep058: The 6 Roots of Healthy Leadership with Global CEO Advisor Bob Rosen

At the foundation of being a transformational leader is first and foremost being a healthy human being. This is the conclusion Bob Rosen, a Global CEO Advisor and author of Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World, came to after working with thousands of leaders around the world. According to Bob, every leader—regardless of whether they’re an entrepreneur, a leader in the middle of an organization, or a top executive—has to be personally rooted in 6 areas in order to be successful in our disruptive and constantly-changing world. In today’s episode of the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay, Bob thoroughly explains what these 6 roots are, what the 6 corresponding disruptors every leader has to grapple with are, and provides not one but three actionable leadership tips (with specific examples, too)! This is a great episode for getting a global, 20,000-foot view of what great leadership looks like. We hope you give it a listen—and remember to subscribe and share!

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Ep057: How to be better at receiving feedback with Sheila Heen

Ep057: How to be better at receiving feedback with Sheila Heen

In this episode of the TalentGrow show with Halelly Azulay, Sheila Heen, CEO of Triad Consulting and best-selling author of Thanks for the Feedback and Difficult Conversations, shares some of her best insights on the art and science of receiving feedback. She explains what the three different kinds of feedback are (including why we need all three, but different amounts of each at different times), what the three kinds of triggered reactions we can have from feedback are, and the best way to receive vague or negative criticism. She also gives a fantastic (and highly actionable!) tip on how to ask for feedback: she warns of a common pitfall and offers a smarter way of asking that not only makes the other person more comfortable but helps to ensure that the ensuing feedback will be relevant and useful. This is an excellent episode for improving your communications skills as well as your inner-processing and emotional clarity. Don’t miss out and please share with others!

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Ep056: How to build high trust workplace cultures with neuroscientist Paul Zak

Ep056: How to build high trust workplace cultures with neuroscientist Paul Zak

You could say that Dr. Paul Zak is uber-qualified to talk about trust. A PhD professor, neuroeconomist, and neuroscientist who was part of the team that first made the connection between oxytocin and trust, he recently authored the 2017 book Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies. He’s also the developer of Ofactor, a methodology that quantifies organizational culture within a company and identifies what it needs to change in order to increase leadership, team and organizational trust. In this episode of the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay, Paul shares some of his best insights on how to increase your company’s trust and productivity (all of them backed by scientific research!) In this fascinating discussion that Halelly wished could “go on for so much longer”, you’ll learn about his eight ways to build trust within an organization and build a workplace culture in which people “want to work their butt off”! Whether you’re a leader who’s seeking to improve the culture and performance of your employees or just fascinated by the science of trust, this is definitely an episode you don’t want to miss!

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Ep055: How to solve problems faster, make better decisions, and get projects finished with targeted thinking tactics from Jean Moroney

Ep055: How to solve problems faster, make better decisions, and get projects finished with targeted thinking tactics from Jean Moroney

In this episode of the TalentGrow Show, Jean Moroney, president of Thinking Directions, shares some of her best insights on the psychology of thinking—and explains how you can apply them to your own success. She provides an in-depth answer to the question, “what’s the best way to think on your feet?”, offers advice on how to become more authentic, and shares a powerful exercise for better problem solving. Jean’s insights and techniques are easily actionable but extremely effective. I hope you give them a try and share this episode with others who could also benefit from them!

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Ep054: Science-based advice on achieving career success and happiness with Eric Barker

Ep054: Science-based advice on achieving career success and happiness with Eric Barker

Many of the answers we look for, that we think are big puzzles, actually already have solutions but have been tied up in the long, dark corridors of academia. This is what Eric Barker, the blogger behind “Barking up the Wrong Tree”, sought to change with his blog that brings science-based advice for everyone on how to achieve success and happiness. In this episode, we discuss Eric’s brand new book, Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong and some of his most interesting research-backed insights for leaders. Eric shares a powerful exercise to determine whether a goal is realistic or not, explains the science of why daydreaming saps our motivation, dishes about how to be a Giver without being a doormat, and shares an actionable tip for starting each day on the right foot. This is definitely a must-hear episode so check it out, subscribe, and share!

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Ep053: How to ditch generational stereotypes and optimize leadership with Jessica Kriegel

Ep053: How to ditch generational stereotypes and optimize leadership with Jessica Kriegel

In this episode of the TalentGrow Show, Jessica Kriegel, author of Unfairly Labeled: How Your Workplace Can Benefit From Ditching Generational Stereotypes, explains everything wrong with the idea of generational differences. She shows how most of the information we read and hear about generational differences is actually built on a “bed of lies”—scant anecdotal research, contradictions, and oversimplification. In her interesting discussion with host Halelly Azulay, Jessica offers insights from her own research and specific examples to show us the ways we’re harming ourselves and our businesses by clinging to what amounts to stereotyping and bias. Jessica offers actionable advice and calls on us all to completely ditch this type of labeling, suggesting it can be life-changing!

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Ep052: Relentlessly Irrational – the Conditions for Great Leadership with Global Business Celebrity Jeffrey Hayzlett

Ep052: Relentlessly Irrational – the Conditions for Great Leadership with Global Business Celebrity Jeffrey Hayzlett

Jeffrey Hayzlett is the man of many titles (global business celebrity, primetime TV host, business podcast host) but today he explains how he has built numerous companies, made it to the C-level of a fortune 100 company and is transforming corporate media with the C-Suite Network (of which I am a proud member!) His philosophy of irrational leadership and risk-taking have allowed him to relentlessly scale his businesses to global levels. Jeffrey reveals the most critical ingredient for leadership success, what he calls “conditions for satisfaction,” and what he’s learned from interviewing America’s top celebrity business leaders that you can apply to your own leadership approach right now. Listen now!

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Ep051: Leadership Advice from America’s Top Banker & CEO with John Allison

Ep051: Leadership Advice from America’s Top Banker & CEO with John Allison

Before he was named a recent contender for Secretary of Treasury, John Allison served as CEO of BB&T, America’s 10th largest bank for almost 20 years during which time he led the company to grow from $4.5B to $152B in assets. The Harvard Business Review has recognized John as one of the top 100 most successful CEOs. In today’s episode of the TalentGrow Show, John shares his incredible insights on seizing the opportunity in front of you, choosing character over genius when hiring, and handling low performers in an organization. He discusses his personal philosophy of success that led him from bank teller to CEO and an in-depth look at how Allison built important core values into the BB&T organization from the ground up. John talks about how to triple employee productivity, the biggest mistake leaders make today, and how he has discovered the most critical factor in motivating human action.

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Ep050 [The FLIPPED episode!]: Halelly Azulay is interviewed about her career, developing leaders, and going from light-bulbs to impact by guest host Margarita Rozenfeld

Ep050 [The FLIPPED episode!]: Halelly Azulay is interviewed about her career, developing leaders, and going from light-bulbs to impact by guest host Margarita Rozenfeld

In episode 50 the tables turn on your host Halelly Azulay as she is interviewed by fellow podcaster Margarita Rozenfeld, CEO of Incite International and host of the Leadership Insights podcast. Margarita asks Halelly some of the questions she has asked almost 50 guests over the two years of hosting The TalentGrow Show. On this episode, Halelly explains why she LOVES those light-bulb moments, and why they’re never enough (and what else is needed). She shares her early career aspirations (you might be surprised) and what she’s learned about leadership and employee development done right through her 25 years of work with hundreds of clients and thousands of learners. Plus, she shares an actionable tip that will help you harvest your career stories for greater satisfaction and success!

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Ep049: How to lead successful culture change and engage employees with Dan Pontefract

Ep049: How to lead successful culture change and engage employees with Dan Pontefract

Changing the course of a 45,000 person corporation seems a daunting task, yet Dan Pontefract and his team did just that. Dan is the best selling author of two books on culture change, a regular TED speaker and the leader of the transformation office within TELUS Communication. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay, he explains why culture change is an ultra-marathon and not a light switch, how business metrics are impacted by culture, and why windows are important to leaders. Plus, Dan reveals what the company 3M did in the 1940s to become a cultural powerhouse, and how any company today can follow their lead.

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Ep048: How to rewire your brain and help others build new habits with Meredith Bell

Ep048: How to rewire your brain and help others build new habits with Meredith Bell

This week on the TalentGrow Show our guest is Meredith Bell, the co-founder and president of Performance Support Systems, a global software company. Meredith is passionate about helping leaders to develop strong, healthy, solid relationships that stand the test of time. On today’s episode, Meredith shares with host Halelly Azulay ways to impact company culture through change. She discusses why it’s hard to change long-held habits and how to rewire the brain to make new habits stick. Meredith also describes a specific series of coaching questions you can use to help those you lead to be successful at making a change. Meredith’s ideas are highly actionable for leaders like to you enact visible change and improvement in yourself and your workplace.

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Ep047: Business Negotiation Tips from an FBI Hostage Negotiator with Chris Voss

Ep047: Business Negotiation Tips from an FBI Hostage Negotiator with Chris Voss

What can you learn from a hostage negotiator about your own day-to-day negotiations? A lot. Halelly’s guest, Chris Voss, co-author of the national business best-seller Never Split the Difference, is a negotiation consultant and award-winning business school professor. After 24 years as an FBI hostage negotiator, Chris founded The Black Swan Group, a firm that solves business communication problems with hostage negotiation strategies. And he’s a funny guy who gets Halelly giggling throughout this episode as they discussed some pretty counterintuitive negotiation tips Chris suggests based on his vast hostage negotiation experience, all of which you can immediately apply to your daily negotiations in business and in life to see a positive impact on your negotiation results. Learn about why Chris says the word “Yes” is useless, the word “No” is freeing, and the phrase “You’re right!” is the kiss of death. Get actionable advice and then apply it and become a master negotiator!

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Ep046: How to Build Strategic Career Relationships -- Leadership Tips from Master Executive Coach Suzi Pomerantz

Ep046: How to Build Strategic Career Relationships -- Leadership Tips from Master Executive Coach Suzi Pomerantz

Whether you are at the beginning, middle, or prime of your leadership career, navigating the political landscape in many organizations can be frustrating and depleting. Have no fear: Master Executive Coach and best-selling author Suzi Pomerantz, who is one of the pioneers of the coaching profession, joins host Halelly Azulay to talk about how to lead ‘difficult people’, cultivate effective strategic career relationships, and specific tips to move your career ahead by being connected to the right people in the right way. Plus, listen to the end to hear a special announcement and invitation from Halelly to an exciting new offering just for listeners of the podcast!

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Ep045: How to Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For with William Gentry

Ep045: How to Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For with William Gentry

Being a new manager is hard. Both William (Bill) Gentry and host Halelly Azulay have experienced it personally. In this episode, they discuss the insights from that hard hands-on experience as well as lots of research from Bill’s work with new leaders and the data from his organization, The Center for Creative Leadership, as well as his new book, Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For. There are a gazillion leadership skills you could develop, but Bill cuts through the noise to the six areas and four skills you should focus your leadership development efforts to make the biggest impact on your ability to succeed in your role and be the boss everyone wants to work for. Learn specific tips for how to manage your former BFFs, how to get your former ‘promotion competitors’ to support you, the important types of conversations you need to be having with your new staff, pronto, and more. Check it out, subscribe, and share!

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Ep043: Career, Culture, and Influence Hacks with Robert Richman

Ep043: Career, Culture, and Influence Hacks with Robert Richman

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)!

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Ep042: Leadership advice for Millennial leaders or those who lead them and insight on the future of work with Alexandra Levit

Ep042: Leadership advice for Millennial leaders or those who lead them and insight on the future of work with Alexandra Levit

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)!

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