120: [Solo] The Top 5 Episodes of 2018 on the TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

ep120 TOP 5 episodes of 2018 TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Our 2018 ride was a fun one! We began publishing weekly and had twice as many shows as in previous years. So many great guests and solo episodes, so on today’s solo episode on the TalentGrow Show, I summarize 2018 for the podcast. I recap the highlights of 2018, give a tiny-taste replay for each of the top five most downloaded episodes, and name my personal favorite episode of 2018. Of course, I give a word or two about the plans for 2019 as well as my actionable tip for you, TalentGrowers, that you can apply right now and in 2019. What was your favorite episode in 2018? Leave a comment and let us know. Take a listen now!

What You’ll Learn:

  • What were some of the highlights of 2018

  • What were the top five most downloaded episodes in Libsyn

  • Why it’s very tricky to know the actual download numbers or listenership for podcasts

  • What was Halelly’s personal favorite (which is kind of like picking a favorite child… blech!) and which list did it dominate

  • What are the plans for 2019

  • Halelly’s actionable tip for TalentGrowers that you can apply right now and in 2019 

The Top 5 Most Downloaded TalentGrow Show Episodes of 2018

(According to Libsyn stats, from #5 to #1)

Number 5… 95: Leadership, Goal-Setting, and Free Will -- The Psychology of Motivating Your Team to Success with Dr. Edwin Locke

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. So for this episode of The TalentGrow Show, I made an exception and let it run over-time so that we don’t miss a thing. Drawing from his renowned Goal-Setting Theory, we discussed 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. Plus some of the ideas behind his latest book, The Illusion of Determinism. Also, what did visionary leader Steve Jobs get right that Elon Musk seems to be getting wrong? Listen and find out!


number 4… 81: How to step outside your comfort zone and unlock your leadership potential with Andy Molinsky

When you find yourself in a tough situation in the workplace, the most effective solution often lies outside of your comfort zone. In this energizing episode of The TalentGrow Show, author, professor, and consultant Andy Molinsky and Halelly talk about why it’s so important to step outside of our comfort zones, the five key challenges that stand in our way, and three great tools Andy recommends for implementing his advice. Learn the simple, practical steps you can take to overcome the difficulty of breaking out of your comfort zone, and how you can become a more effective leader and professional as a result. Listen here and be sure to share with others too!



number 3… 102: [Solo] Six Principles of Effective Communication on The TalentGrow Show with Halelly Azulay

Communication is hard! We all have relationships in which we communicate with ease, and others in which we feel like we’re “walking on eggshells” – always careful with our words, trying not to offend or create a defensive response. It’s natural to have different levels of communication chemistry with different personalities and there’s no way to fully level the playing field. Yet, it’s also possible to reduce the likelihood of defensiveness and to increase our success when we communicate with just about anyone, anywhere. In today’s solo episode on the TalentGrow Show, I will share six principles that can help you communicate more effectively in any situation. Take a listen now and share with those who could also benefit!



number 2… 104: Wired to Connect -- The Neuroscience of Team Leadership with Dr. Britt Andreatta

What differentiates high-performing teams from the rest? With the latest research in neuroscience at her disposal, Dr. Britt Andreatta provides a new and comprehensive model that analyzes and synthesizes the motivations, skills, and dynamics that make peak team performance possible: The Four Gates to Peak Team Performance. In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Dr. Andreatta shares the facts and research behind her groundbreaking model and digs into fascinating topics such as ‘neural synchrony’ and what basic human needs and motivations drive us towards teamwork. Learn the significant differences between cooperation and collaboration, discover what skills you need to hone to successfully collaborate with others, and get Dr. Andreatta’s take on some cutting-edge research on the development of human consciousness that is making waves in the leadership space. Don’t miss this exciting episode and be sure to share it with others!


…and number 1… 96: Network like a Rockstar -- Advice for Authentic Networking from Rock Musician Sean Hurwitz

Networking advice from a rock musician? Yes indeed! On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, I got my friend, musician and producer Sean Hurwitz (guitarist for Enrique Iglesias, Smashmouth, and Gin Blossoms among many others), who is truly a master networker, to share how he succeeds in making time for seemingly everyone and maintaining truly authentic connections and relationships with people in his network. We even discuss strategies for seeking and being a mentor. Listen now and don’t forget to share with others in your network!


Halelly’s personal favorite (and number one in Facebook views):

83: Daniel Pink on the Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

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!



  • What was your favorite episode in 2018?

  • What guest or topic would you like to hear in 2019?

  • Have you tried applying Halelly’s tip for savoring the good, beautiful, and excellent all around you? If not, give it a go – share a ‘savor’ in the comments and share it with others, too!

About Halelly Azulay

Have we met? I'm Halelly Azulay. I'm an author, speaker, facilitator, and leadership development strategist and an expert in leadership, communication skills, and emotional intelligence. I am the author of two books, Employee Development on a Shoestring (ATD Press) and Strength to Strength: How Working from Your Strengths Can Help You Lead a More Fulfilling Life. My books, workshops and retreats build on my 20+ years of professional experience in communication and leadership development in corporate, government, nonprofit and academic organizations.

I am the president of TalentGrow LLC, a consulting company focused on developing leaders and teams, especially for enterprises experiencing explosive growth or expansion. TalentGrow specializes in people leadership skills, which include communication skills, teambuilding, coaching and emotional intelligence. TalentGrow works with all organizational levels, including C-level leaders, frontline managers, and individual contributors.

People hire me to speak at conferences and meetings and to facilitate leadership workshops, but what I love most is to help fast growing organizations create a leadership development strategy and approach.

I'm a contributing author to numerous books, articles and blogs. I was described as a “Leadership Development Guru” by TD Magazine. I blog, publish a leadership podcast (um, hello?!), and have a popular free weekly subscription newsletter – so you should definitely sign up at www.tinyurl.com/talentgrow.

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