Sometimes the solution to a problem is to reframe the issue itself. Rajshree Agarwal, PhD is the Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland and Director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets, and on this episode of The TalentGrow Show she discusses how we can reframe key career development and leadership concepts in a way that will help us achieve greater success and career satisfaction for ourselves and our teams. She shares stories from her own journey to demonstrate the value of her unique perspective on ideas like upward mobility, risk tolerance, and work-life balance. Plus, Rajshree weighs in on the negative and positive aspects of ‘social comparison,’ and offers Halelly advice on something she’s recently struggled with! Listen and be sure to share this episode with others.Read More
Understanding yourself and what motivates you is a critical piece of leadership success. This means that philosophy, which helps us understand the principles that govern the human mind and the mind’s relationship with reality, can be an invaluable tool to upgrade your leadership effectiveness. Tech entrepreneur and nonprofilt CEO Tal Tsfany shares his journey to discovering his personal central purpose and how philosophy and introspection paved the way for his success on this episode of The TalentGrow Show. He discusses with Halelly the process he went through to discover his values, how to avoid philosophical mistakes many leaders make, and how to bring out the genius within each of your employees by understanding their motivations. Plus, find out what it means to be what Tal calls a ‘valuer of life’! Tune in and share with others in your network.Read More
While we take a vacation, we’re rebroadcasting a few of our favorite episodes from the archives of the earlier years of the show. This one was originally broadcast as episode 60. Enjoy!
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!)Read More
While we take a vacation, we’re rebroadcasting a few of our favorite episodes from the archives of the earlier years of the show. This one was originally broadcast as episode 38. Enjoy!
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. On this solo episode of the TalentGrow Show, Halelly helps 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.Read More
While we take a vacation, we’re rebroadcasting a few of our favorite episodes from the archives of the earlier years of the show. This one was originally broadcast as episode 15. Enjoy!
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.Read More
Can poetry enhance your leadership skills? Poetry is an art form that can be both beautiful and obscure. But if we approach it in a purposeful way, it can also be a powerful tool to improve our communication skills, critical thinking and even our leadership skills. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, media producer and editor-in-chief of Troubadour Magazine Kirk Barbera discusses how poetry can enrich your mind and help you articulate your vision as a leader. He reads us a compelling poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called “A Psalm of Life,” and guides us step-by-step through unpacking the meaning behind it. You’ll discover the link between poetry and leadership success, and how you can train your mind to look at poetry in a new, purposeful way. Listen and don’t forget to share this episode with others!Read More
‘Becoming fearless’ is often presented as a solution to our fear. But perhaps the better approach is instead to cultivate courage in the face of fear. This is what life coach and author of The Courage Habit Kate Swoboda recommends, and on this episode of The TalentGrow Show Halelly and Kate discuss what it means to live and lead courageously. Tune in to discover common fear patterns that hold us back as people and as leaders, why we need to look beyond the platitude of ‘becoming fearless,’ and what we can do to cultivate courageousness in our daily lives and in the workplace. Plus, find out how to identify and break free of the cue-routine-reward loop that so many of us are trapped in. Listen and share with others in your network!Read More
An effective approach to team building and collaboration is a key component of any successful organization. Yet, many leaders may find today’s prevailing models on the subject not very helpful. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, author and organizational development professional Carlos Valdes-Dapena challenges the prevailing orthodoxy of corporate team building and shares the unique model he developed from years of research and experience working with Mars, Inc. Listen to discover the motivation and key ideas behind Carlos’ new book Lessons From Mars, learn the three imperatives and six practices that make up his team building model, and get actionable tips and exercises for implementing it successfully in your team. Plus, find out when and why collaboration isn’t always necessary! Tune in and don’t forget to share with others in your network.Read More
‘Disruptive Leadership’ is a big trend in business today. But what does it really mean? Why is disruption so critical to achieving progress, and how can we cultivate it effectively as leaders? Entrepreneur and founder Charlene Li is the bestselling author of six books, and in her upcoming book titled The Disruption Mindset, she helps us answer these very questions. Charlene joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow Show to discuss the key ideas behind her book and to dig into what a disruptive mindset really means. Discover how Charlene defines a true disruptor, why disruptive companies actually need a great deal of order and structure to be successful, and how you can cultivate effectively the three elements of disruption: strategy, leadership and culture. Plus, Charlene shares a real-life example of disruptive leadership from software-titan Adobe! Listen and share with others in your network.Read More
Innovation is crucial to the success of any organization. Yet, it is too often stifled by an outmoded approach to pitching and collaborating on new ideas. Best-selling author and leading authority on accelerating business growth Ian Altman joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow show to share his collaborative and integrity-based approach to selling and innovation called Same Side Selling. Discover the four components to a great pitch, constructive conversations leaders can have with team members who are pitching new ideas, and how Same Side Selling discards the harmful, zero-sum models of selling in favor of a collaborative, win-win approach. Plus, learn the four questions you should ask yourself (or someone else) to vet any new idea in your organization! Tune in and don’t forget to share this episode with others.Read More
Today we are witnessing the significant rise of the remote workplace. In fact, it has been predicted that 50% of all work will be remote by the year 2027. This means that many leaders will need to learn how to effectively manage remote teams in order to stay relevant and excel in the workplace of the future. In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, co-founder and CMO of TimeDoctor.com and Staff.com Liam Martin joins Halelly to share leadership principles for the remote workplace. Listen to get Liam’s best advice for building engaged and productive remote teams and to discover great tools and resources you can use for developing and implementing effective processes. Plus, find out why small remote businesses need to start acting like large ones very quickly in order to survive! Tune in and be sure to share with others in your network.Read More
How do you ensure that your team is meaningfully engaged with their work? That’s the golden question for many leaders and managers. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Personal Training Manager (and her first personal trainer) Dan Kubo joins Halelly to share his advice for cultivating intrinsic motivation in your team and making sure you’re giving each team member the trust and the support they need to thrive. Dan puts a strong emphasis on implementation and talks about how to implement his leadership philosophy on a day-to-day level without being overwhelmed. You’ll also learn about his unique approach to team building activities that will help keep your team motivated and having fun! Tune in and be sure to share this episode with others.Read More
It’s a wonderful thing to have someone in our lives whom we can regard as a role model. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly brings her friend and colleague Catherine Zaranis on to share the story of Julia Anderson, an inspiring model of leadership excellence. Julia was a mentor and an inspiration to Catherine and many others she worked with, modelling traits like integrity, living your values even in high stress or high pressure environments, and having the strength and dedication to develop each individual on your team to their highest potential. Listen to discover what made Julia stand out from so many other leaders, what you can learn from her leadership style and techniques, and what it means to be a true role model. Plus, for those of you with longer commutes to and from work, find out how Julia made the best use of her commute time! Listen and please share this episode in memory of a truly remarkable leader.Read More
Defining success for yourself is the first step to achieving it. And while it’s easy to accept the definition of success given to you by others, you’ll find meaning and fulfillment when you define success in your own terms. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Halelly chats with speaker, author and entrepreneur Laura Gassner Otting about the powerful message behind her new book, Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life. Listen to Laura’s unique take on finding your purpose and carving your path. Discover the four important values that make up what Laura calls living in alignment and the four insidious goals many of us have that ultimately set us up for failure. Plus, find out why Laura says that ‘follow your passion’ is the world’s worst advice! Listen and don’t forget to share with others.Read More
Software has consumed the world, according to author, speaker and organizational designer Jeff Gothelf. What does this mean? To start with, there is a lot to be gained as leaders by thinking of our organizations as software-driven. In this episode of The TalentGrow Show, Jeff joins Halelly to discuss a powerful model and mindset shift which he calls sense and respond. Breaking it down into three steps, Jeff explains how making this shift allows us to successfully leverage the value that new technologies bring to our workplaces and to transform our leadership and teams accordingly. Plus, get actionable tactics and techniques for increasing transparency, encouraging productive experimentation, and upgrading your leadership effectiveness. Listen and be sure to share with others!Read More
So you’ve been promoted. Now what? Stepping into a new position can be both exciting and terrifying, but thankfully there are lots of good resources you can tap into. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, authors of The Manager's Answer Book: Powerful Tools to Maximize Your Impact and Influence, Build Trust and Teams, and Respond to Challenges Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem join Halelly to break down some of the important advice they have for new leaders and managers in the book. You’ll learn how to professionally manage former peers or even your best friend, and why every leader should cultivate a personal board of advisors. Plus, hear Barbara and Cornelia weigh in on questions they wish more new leaders and managers would ask. Tune in and don’t forget to share this episode with others!Read More
It’s very common for our professional networks to gravitate primarily toward others in our own industry, culture, and even race. This lack of diversity, however, can be a huge missed opportunity for us. On this episode of The TalentGrow Show, author, speaker and consultant Amy Waninger joins Halelly to talk about the importance of a diverse, inclusive approach to networking. Listen to learn why you may be operating from an unconscious bias when you network, how to get beyond it, and what you can do to make diversity a competitive advantage in your career. Plus, find out one thing you should be doing every time you receive an invitation to connect on LinkedIn! If you want to upgrade your networking skills -- both in-person and on social media -- be sure to give this episode a listen, and share it with others in your network.Read More
To many, accountability means meeting your commitments in the eyes of others. For high performers, however, this is only a small part of what accountability really means. Henry Evans, Invited Agitator and Key Peacemaker for the C-Suite, joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow Show to define accountability for high performers, identify common mistakes many leaders make, and teach you how to ‘Win with Accountability’ (after all, that’s in the title of two of his books!) You’ll learn about the pitfalls of overcommitment and poor vertical communication, why it’s important not to externalize problems that arise in your organization, and how we as leaders can promote an atmosphere of safety in which our team feels comfortable discussing and learning from mistakes. Plus, find out why you should always strive to include people who are different from you in your business planning. Henry is full of actionable advice for leaders, so don’t miss this one! Listen and share what you learned with others.Read More
Workplace cultures vary greatly in terms of how strict or loose they are. Ideally, where a given workplace falls on this spectrum reflects the values and necessities of that business or organization. This raises a crucial question for us as leaders: how do we determine what is just the right amount of tightness or looseness in our workplace cultures? Professor Michele Gelfand of the University of Maryland joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow Show to discuss the high impact role of cultural norms in the workplace. Listen to find out what factors tend to determine tightness or looseness in both organizations and nations, how leaders can harness the power of cultural norms to promote a higher level of effectiveness in their workplaces, and how you can use an understanding of Michele’s ideas to help you become a better negotiator. Plus, discover how these ideas can translate usefully on an individual level as well! Be sure to tune in and share what you learn with others.Read More
At certain points in our professional careers, we will need to reach out to our network for help. But especially if you’re an introvert, it isn’t always easy to grow and maintain a network that will be there for you when you need it. Author, advisor, and Silicon Valley veteran Karen Wickre joins Halelly on this episode of The TalentGrow Show to share powerful networking advice backed by her own diverse and successful experience working at Google, Twitter, and beyond. An introvert herself, she believes that introverts hold more power than they think in the professional world. She has developed a set of eleven organizing principles that will help introverts (and just about anyone else!) master networking and make connections that count. Learn how to take the “work” out of networking by practicing techniques like the ‘play a long game,’ and by focusing on connecting with people you really like. Plus, find out how LinkedIn can contribute to a mindset of lazy networking. Listen and take a moment to share this episode with others in your network to keep those connections warm.Read More