Top 20 Ted Talks
If you’re like me, you might be addicted to TED Talks. Whenever I have a spare 10-20 minutes, I will open up the app on my IPAD and see what’s new in the world of TED. My colleagues at Berlineaton are also big fans and we often share with each other and with our clients.
In honour of Berlineaton’s 20
anniversary, I’ve put together our TOP 20 TED Talks. I hope you find these as inspirational as we do!! For fun, I’ve also thrown in a couple that are more amusing than inspirational but that’s important too!
Norma’s Favourite 5:
1. Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are. Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Amy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
2. Susan Cain: The power of introverts. In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
3. Tom Wujec: Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast. Making toast doesn’t sound very complicated — until someone asks you to draw the process, step by step. Tom Wujec loves asking people and teams to draw how they make toast, because the process reveals unexpected truths about how we can solve our biggest, most complicated problems at work.
4. Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation. Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think.
5. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action. Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers.
Leadership and Change:
6. Simon Sinek: Why good leaders make you feel safe. What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust.
7. Derek Sivers: How to Start a movement. With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started.
8. Tom Wujec: Build a tower build a team. As a manager, your job is to build the best possible team and get the most out of them. In this talk, Autodesk Fellow Tom Wujec explores what we can learn about team building and productivity from the “marshmallow problem”– a simple team-building exercise to see who can build the tallest tower using dry spaghetti, tape and a marshmallow.
9. Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors. On the assumption that leadership and management is analogous to directing an orchestra, Israeli conductor Itay Talgam looks to the styles of six of the greatest conductors of the 20th century for lessons on how to get the most out of any collaboration.
10. David Logan: Tribal Leadership. David Logan talks about the five kinds of tribes that humans naturally form — in schools, workplaces, even the driver's license bureau. By understanding our shared tribal tendencies, we can help lead each other to become better individuals.
Psychology and Motivation:
11. Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do. Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.
12. Richard St. John: 8 Secrets of Success. Richard St. John, an ordinary guy, set out on a decade-long mission to understand the secrets of success by interviewing and researching the most successful people in the world. In this short 3 minute talk St. John boils everything he learned down to 8 simple words. “The interesting thing is: if you do it for love, the money comes anyway.”
13. Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness. Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
14. Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work. We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
Creativity and Innovation:
15. Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius. Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius.
16. Tim Hartford: How frustration can makes us more creative. Challenges and problems can derail your creative process ... or they can make you more creative than ever. In the surprising story behind the best-selling solo piano album of all time, Tim Hartford may just convince you of the advantages of having to work with a little mess.
18. Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work. Jason Fried, author of bestselling business book Rework and co-founder of 37-signals, argues that the main barriers to productivity are “M&Ms,” or, Managers and Meetings.”
19. Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight. Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.
Just for Fun:
20. James Veitch: This is what happens when you reply to spam email. Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, weeks-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.