5 TED Talks to Inspire You in the Workplace

In every workplace, there are times when you can feel drained or stressed, and it is often at those times that motivation levels start to dwindle. Re-inspire yourself and your workplace with these 5 great TED Talks.

 

#1: 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.

Shawn Achor – The Happy Secret to Better Work

 

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

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. He calls out the two main offenders (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make the workplace actually work.

Jason Fried – Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work

#3. 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.

Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

#4. Richard St. John – Success is a Continuous Journey

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.

Richard St John – Success is a Continuous Journey

#5. 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. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Dan Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation


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