This isn't your father's business advice. These talks -- from a philosopher, a general, a cognitive psychologist -- offer unconventional, and uncommonly useful, advice on leading, working, creating and living better.
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11 talks (Curated by TED)
Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.
TEDGlobal 2009, Filmed Jul 2009, Posted Oct 2009
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.
TEDGlobal 2009, Filmed Jul 2009, Posted Jul 2009
Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity -- and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)
TEDxSydney, Filmed May 2010, Posted Feb 2011
Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.
TEDGlobal 2012, Filmed Jun 2012, Posted Aug 2012
In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business' rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson -- when we stop trying, we fail.
TED2009, Filmed Feb 2009, Posted Jun 2009
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. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.
TEDGlobal 2009, Filmed Jul 2009, Posted Aug 2009
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. (Filmed at TEDxUSC.)
TEDxUSC, Filmed Mar 2009, Posted Oct 2009
Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning -- and addressing the possibility of failure.
TED2011, Filmed Mar 2011, Posted Apr 2011
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