Storytelling is more than a fleeting marketing trend: it has been proven to be an incredibly effective motivator. Today, when motivation in the workplace is such a crucial topic, leaders need more than ever to cultivate the art and skill of storytelling. In this value-packed episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly has a conversation with Paul Smith, a leading expert in business storytelling, to get to the core of why narrative is so powerful and what elements make up a really good story. From research in neuroscience to the fascinating “Significant Objects Project,” Paul presents a compelling case for the value of storytelling in the business world. If what you hear resonates with you, keep listening to discover the components and structural elements of a good story, and the eight core questions every story you tell should answer. Plus, learn how to distinguish easily between manipulation and ethical persuasion. Listen and don’t forget to share with other leaders in your network!Read More
For the 100th episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly interviews a very special guest with an interesting and multi-faceted career trajectory: Elliott Masie. A provocative speaker, expert in educational technology, and Broadway producer/investor, Elliott joins Halelly to share his best advice for leaders who strive to cultivate passionate, engaged, and high-performing teams. Elliott talks about learning processes in the workplace, important trends in talent development and technology, and serious mistakes leaders can make when working with their team. You’ll learn actionable techniques for nurturing your team’s creativity and building a culture of growth in the workplace, so be sure to give this episode a listen! Plus, find out what is the most dangerous word you can say as a leader.Read More
Selfishness is a word that typically connotes serving oneself at the expense of others. But Dr. Steve Orma, clinical psychologist and host of the Selfish For Success podcast, explains why this definition is a dangerous package-deal that vilifies a healthy concern for one’s own self-interest. The result? Guilt and internal conflict. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly and Steve discuss how leaders are negatively impacted by this cultural stigma against selfishness and what steps you can take to upgrade your leadership effectiveness by embracing your self-interest. How much responsibility should you take on as a leader and how much should you leave to your team? What makes a leader respected? What should you do if you start to feel that you’re not on the right career path? Listen to get Dr. Orma’s take on these questions and more. Plus, learn the crucial difference between serving others and being subservient and how that knowledge can impact your success as a leader. Give this a listen and share with others in your network!Read More
They don’t want to follow. They resist. What should you do? It’s time for another super short and highly informative Ask Halelly episode of the TalentGrow Show, where Halelly answers a question from a listener, a learner in one of her corporate workshops, a member of the audience at one of her conference speaking events, or a member of the media. This week’s question is: “How Should I Lead People Who Don't Want To Follow?” Halelly’s Answer might surprise you: Thank them... What? Yep, Halelly encourages you to listen to your naysayers and look for ways that they might be actually helping you out by resisting. She even recorded a video version – you can see it over on the TalentGrow blog, or listen to episode (it’s less than 8 minutes long!) right here or wherever you listen to podcasts. And be sure to submit your own question that might be featured on a future episode of Ask Halelly on the TalentGrow Show!Read More
Negotiating with others to get what we want is an uncomfortable topic for many. The word itself can evoke the image of selfishly trying to profit at someone else’s expense. But real estate developer and upcoming author Rob Flitton wants to change our negative bias towards negotiation and encourage us to embrace self-interest and the idea of principled reciprocity. Redefining what is often meant by win-win and challenging us to feel ‘worthy of winning,’ Rob not only shares seven skills to upgrade our effectiveness as negotiators, but provides a moral framework to dispel the negative cultural attitudes that make us shy away from bold, self-interested, and effective negotiation. Listen to this episode of the TalentGrow Show and gain actionable skills and techniques!Read More
We all know about the importance of networking for our careers. But many of us struggle with making authentic and truly valuable connections, and what’s more, not losing touch with them in the flow of our busy daily lives. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly brings on a unique guest: musician and producer Sean Hurwitz, who succeeds in making time for seemingly everyone and maintaining truly authentic connections and relationships with people in his network. How does Sean think about networking? How does he make time to connect with so many people? What resources and implicit strategies does he leverage to maintain those connections and turn them into win-win relationships? While networking comes naturally to Sean and he doesn’t view it as a business strategy, he breaks down for us the day-to-day realities of making and keeping authentic connections and shares the stories that highlight how networking helped him become the successful musician and producer he is today. We even discuss strategies for seeking and being a mentor. Listen now and don’t forget to share with others in your network!Read More
Dr. Edwin Locke’s pioneering work in the field of goal-setting and job satisfaction has greatly enriched our understanding of motivation and changed the way many leaders think about their roles. For this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly makes an exception to the format, allowing it to run over-time, so that we don’t miss a thing. Drawing from his renowned Goal-Setting Theory, Locke discusses questions such as how to set rational, achievable goals for your team, what many leaders misunderstand about extrinsic motivation, and which visionary questions leaders should ask themselves to inspire their team and ensure job satisfaction. Locke also gives us a glimpse into the fascinating research and ideas behind his latest book, The Illusion of Determinism. Plus, what did visionary leader Steve Jobs get right that Elon Musk seems to be getting wrong? Listen and find out!Read More
Have you ever had an emotional outburst during a really critical conversation? Or felt like you’re on the verge of losing control of your emotions?
When the stakes are high and you have a vested interest in the outcome of a conversation, it’s actually very common to become emotional. These kinds of conversations are especially difficult because they involve conflict or differing perspectives.
In today’s solo episode on the TalentGrow Show, Halelly teaches you how to develop greater self-awareness to catch your emotions when they first begin to arrive on the scene. Then, she shares four science-backed techniques for controlling your emotions during critical conversations and negotiations. Take a listen now and share with those who could also benefit from learning this important life and business skill!Read More
What are the factors that lead to extraordinary workplace? Award-winning social psychologist and author Dr. Ron Friedman draws on cutting-edge research on human motivation to identify the systems and processes that leaders can use to optimize their workplace and bring out the best in their team. In this exciting episode of The TalentGrow Show, Ron shares how leaders can enable and inspire their team to flourish by fulfilling three basic psychological needs: competence, autonomy, and relatedness. You’ll discover how to let people keep learning and growing on the cheap, why letting them customize their work environment makes a huge difference in their motivation, and even get a glimpse of what’s to come in the workplace of the future. Also, did you know you’ve probably been drinking coffee the wrong way your entire life? Listen to find out why! And don’t forget to share this episode with others.Read More
By implementing a unique culture and methodology, the Israeli Air Force became one of the best in the world in terms of quality, safety, and training, effectively cutting accidents by 95%. According to businessman, social entrepreneur and former Israeli jet fighter Ofir Paldi, there are lessons that every leader can learn from their proven success. In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Ofir and Halelly discuss the unconventional aspects of the Israeli Air Force training program that Ofir helps business leaders to incorporate in their workplace. With an emphasis on encouraging honesty and productive discussion around our mistakes, this program engenders accountability and high performance. Learn the secret behind the Israeli Air Force’s brilliant out-performance of their competitors and how you can leverage their methodology to improve your own leadership and workplace culture. Listen and share with other leaders in your network!Read More
Storytelling isn’t just for marketers or creative types. It’s a dynamic tool that can be leveraged by leaders and professionals across the career spectrum. In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, author and international speaker Ryan Williams joins Halelly to talk about why leaders should learn to become storytellers and how you can start crafting and cultivating your stories today. Discover why strategic storytelling can make you a more effective leader and communicator, the three “anchor stories” you should have under your belt, and the best tips and techniques for improving your ability to captivate and influence others in conversation. Ryan also shares a gamut of interesting personal stories throughout the podcast so you can learn by example as well! Listen and don’t forget to share with current and aspiring leaders in your network.Read More
It’s time for another super short and highly informative Ask Halelly episode of the TalentGrow Show, where Halelly answers a question from a listener, a learner in one of her corporate workshops, a member of the audience at one of her conference speaking events, or a member of the media. This week’s question is: “What should I do if my senior manager is playing favorites with my team?” Halelly’s Answer: Of course, it depends on the context such as your relationship with the senior manager. In general, you need to advocate to protect your authority to influence decisions about your team more directly. But of course, beware of your blind-spots and approach the situation tentatively, with curiosity instead of accusatory judgment. Halelly even shares a personal story about a time when this happened to her. Get the deets by listening to the full episode (it’s only approx. 6 minutes long!) and be sure to submit your own question that might be featured on a future episode of Ask Halelly on the TalentGrow Show!Read More
Organizations with a strong, shared sense of purpose outperform their peers by an average of 6:1. How can we as leaders tap into this important motivator to bring out the best in our team? In this thought-provoking episode of The TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay, author, keynote speaker and consultant Zach Mercurio discusses the power of authentic purpose and how leaders can cultivate it to transform their lives, work, and organizations. Zach shares ideas grounded in cutting-edge research about the staggering effect that a sense of purpose and meaning can have on your team’s performance and how you can help to create a culture of significance in your workplace. Learn common limiting beliefs that many leaders hold and how you can turn them around and build a purposeful narrative within your team or organization. Listen and share with other leaders in your network!Read More
As leaders, our success is directly tied to our ability to influence others. But where is the line drawn between influence and manipulation? How can you develop and use your influence to create win-win outcomes that will benefit everyone involved? In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, author and keynote speaker Bob Burg returns to the show to discuss the principles behind his newest book, The Go-Giver Influencer. Listen to discover the five secrets of genuine influence and how to prevent or diffuse the problems that can result from poor communication. You’ll also learn simple yet effective techniques you can use to regulate your emotions and boost your influence as a leader. Plus, find out why Bob believes that the best way to get what you want is by focusing on the interests of others! Don’t forget to share this episode with aspiring leaders in your network.Read More
If you have a tendency to say Yes too much (we discussed why you shouldn’t in episode 82), or have a hard time saying No to requests from your boss, co-workers, employees, clients, or even in your personal life, then this solo episode is for you.
Listen on to learn some of the typical reasons we are reluctant to say No, some totally legitimate reasons why you should be saying No, and how to do it in a way that protects your time, independence, integrity, and your relationships and trust using my 5A Formula for Saying No. Listen now and share with someone who could use this advice!Read More
Think networking is all about handing out business cards and having small-talk with strangers at networking events? Best-selling author, keynote speaker, and professor of leadership and innovation David Burkus explains why that’s not what truly beneficial networking is and shares two commonly-overlooked secrets to growing a truly beneficial network that can transform your life and career: diversity and multiplexity. (They’re especially key for leaders.) In this exciting episode of The TalentGrow Show, David discusses with Halelly why all leaders and professionals can benefit from networking IF they do it right, and ways to overcome the dangerous yet pervasive phenomenon of “homophily” in your network. Discover how to grow or revive your network based on the cutting-edge science of networking. Listen now!Read More
Most of us have heard about the gender pay gap, but have you ever heard about the gender leadership gap? One surprising statistic shows that only 4.6% of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies are female. Organizational consultant and keynote speaker Dr. Shawn Andrews has studied leadership styles and emotional intelligence from a gendered perspective, and argues that perception plays the key role in perpetuating the gender leadership gap. In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly talks with Dr. Andrews about what we can do to make a positive impact on gender perception and representation in the workplace, and how we can individually leverage our biological and socialized gender differences to maximize our potential for leadership effectiveness. Listen and don’t forget to share with others!Read More
One of the biggest reasons for divisiveness and lack of productivity in the workplace is a lack of true connection within the team. It’s not enough to ask questions like “what are we doing, how are we doing it, and who’s responsible?” As leaders, we need to be asking the deeper questions that relate to our ultimate purpose and vision if we want to foster true connectedness within our team. In this motivating episode of The TalentGrow Show, author and leadership expert Craig Ross talks about what he means by “bringing humanity to the workplace,” and how we as leaders can bridge the divisiveness within our own teams that may be hindering our productivity. Learn about what Craig calls the Energy Map and discover the six key points of Craig’s leadership framework from his latest book, Do Big Things. And most importantly, find out the questions you should be asking your team today to inspire connectedness and a shared sense of purpose in the workplace!Read More
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!Read More
It’s time for another super short and highly informative Ask Halelly episode of the TalentGrow Show, where Halelly answers a question from a listener, a learner in one of her corporate workshops, a member of the audience at one of her conference speaking events, or a member of the media.
This week’s question is: “What’s a way that I may be sabotaging myself at the office without even realizing it?”
Halelly’s Answer: Saying ‘Yes’ too much. If you’re guilty of this kind of behavior, you need to recognize that it may sabotage you in more than one way. Get the details by listening to the full episode (it’s less than 6 minutes long!) and be sure to submit your own question that might be featured on a future episode of Ask Halelly on the TalentGrow Show!Read More