TED Talks we love

Learning vs Performing Zone

Looking for more innovative solutions and ideas? Eduardo explains how in life we move between the performing zone and the learning zone, and unless we find a way to successfully spend time in both zones, we compromise improvement and innovation. This is a key TED to watch for all leadership. It should be common language in an organisation Watch now

Simon Sinek - How great leaders inspire action

Required watching for all leaders. A great exercise for all teams. 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 

Sir Ken Robinson - Creativity

Very funny talk. But  agree with thoughts on creativity, except I think creativity can be fostered in business today. It just needs the right environment.

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. Show this to your team to break up a long meeting.

Brene Brown - Vulnerability

Many parallels to leadership, because companies are made up of people. Great points about connection. Command & control it is not. "Make your people believe they are worthy" how many leaders undermine this? Being vulnerable with your team to some doesn't sound right, but it leads to so much more. It does not mean you still not a strong leader.

Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize and belong. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research.

Shawn Achor - Positive Psychology Happines

Shawn's talk on elements of positive psychology.  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.

Mariano Sigman - Group decision making

We all know that when we make decisions in groups, they don't always go right. How can groups make good decisions? With his colleague Dan Ariely, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman has been inquiring into how we interact to reach decisions by performing experiments with live crowds around the world. In this fun, fact-filled explainer, he shares some intriguing results. Deliberation and diversity of opinions being good. In a time when people seem to be more polarized than ever better understanding how groups interact and reach conclusions might spark interesting new ways to construct a healthier democracy in our companies.