Sunday, February 15, 2015

Top 10 must watch TED talks for managers, working professional, entrepreneurs and any business professionals

Once, I was going through TED talks and could not resist from sharing these videos. Whoever you are, whether a fresher, somebody who want to start a business, a mid level professional still feel to remain independent but feel got rejected or whether you are a boss and still under lot of biases and stereotypes, you must watch it.

1. Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

I rank this on the top due to one simple reason- it teaches you through few examples how not to do a business and how business with similar plan, more or same ability gets fail while others get success. Simon Sinek has written a book titled "start with Why" and I am sure I must read this book now. He simply explains reason for failure of many business and I think, today, many start ups must watch this video before copying any business. I am soon going to write a separate article on this.

#2. Jason Fried – Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work

Jason Fried is the author of bestselling business book Rework and co-founder of 37-signals. I loved this video as it opens with questioning how we have built office and why for many people working on these offices and meetings are not possible and how they are sheer wastage. It is thought provoking. People need their own time and way of being productive. I agree to him. 

#3. Dan Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation

This is another important and a must watch TED talks. Although I do not agree to his few statement (or I need to verify those hypothesis at least), It provoke us to think. He is a former Al Gore speechwriter and career analyst. Dan Pink explain through stories that what should be our people management approach. He put more emphasis on creativity and why we should engage people on creative activity. I am sure, the google way example makes lot of sense. 

#4. Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts

This video starts with simple examples and her experience. Her every experience from her school days to later on explains well about why there is no absolute introvert and extrovert and we, managers need to come out of the thinking that extroverts are only good and not introverts. A lovable TED talk. Susan Cain is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant. She is also author of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts. She cites examples of few great leaders to explain the same. 

#5. Shawn Achor – The Happy Secret to Better Work

Shawn Achor has put this video excellently forward. He is a  popular Harvard lecturer and CEO of Good Think Inc., He starts with example how he avert a disaster of being bitten from his parents and further explains by challenging our age old assumption that we work to be happy, flipping the equation around to argue that happiness actually makes one more productive. In this absolutely hilarious and inspiring talk, Achor explains how organizations can increase the happiness and meaning of their employees and thereby raise success rates and profitability. A must watch for every manager. 

#6. Tony Robbins – Why We Do What We Do

I bet you that when you start watching this video, you cannot stop laughing.  Tony Robins is a Well known life coach and motivational speaker. Through this video, he puts emphasis that instead of motivating people, our focus should be on helping on them to achieve what they want to do and what are those forces motivating them to do it.

#7. Tom Wujec – Build A Tower Build A Team

I am least interested in cricket. Today, when India Vs Pakistan match concluded and India, again became a winner or victor, there was a discussion happening in HR Shapers group on whatsapp where I am also a member and the comment came, India won because we played as a team and nobody wanted to win as alone. Same happens with us in our life. When we were children, we wanted things to do just to do and we never wanted to be a winner. When we grow, we fear somebody else should not win. This TED talk tells about the same very principle. Through Marshmellow problem, he explains about making the best team, enhance productivity. It is a simple team-building exercise to see who can build the tallest tower using dry spaghetti, tape and a . What makes for the most successful teams may surprise you. “

#8. Itay Talgum – Lead Like the Great Conductors

This is all about leadership example and lesson through the example of Orchestra Music conductor. Through this example, you can see why as a leader they succeeded and failed. Sometime, you just need to lead people to succeed and work how they want to do, you just need to tell them that you are enjoying the production. Lovable.

#9. Richard St. John – 8 Secrets of Success

This video is all about passion. It does not tell any story, it does not tell you things in details. It talks about the simple thing, "follow what you love and see money following you automatically".

#10. Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Its all about our body language. This video talks about our body language and how we need to take care of our genstures. 

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