5 TED Talks to Inspire You in the Workplace

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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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