7 TED Talks to get you thinking

Here at Cezanne HR, we love a good TED talk. And since Company Culture is a hot topic right now, we’ve put together a collection of videos that will get you thinking about your own culture.

So make yourself a coffee, put your thinking hat on, sit back and enjoy!

Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

In this engaging talk, Dan Ariely debunks the myth that employees are solely motivated by financial gain. He draws upon a range of analogies and experiments to show that creating a culture which promotes meaning, challenge, ownership, identity and pride is pivotal for employee productivity and happiness.

 

Rainer Strack: The workforce crisis of 2030 – and how to start solving it now

In a survey looking at what people value most when seeking work, the top four topics considered most important were all related to company culture, with salary only coming in at eight. Rainer Strack warns that a global workforce crisis is fast approaching, but by addressing your company culture now, you’ll be well equipped to attract top talent in the future.

 

Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work

Is the office one of the worst places for productivity?

Jason Fried argues that it’s impossible for employees to get their best work done when they’re constantly being interrupted by managers and meetings (M&Ms). In this talk, he offers up three radical suggestions on how to make the workplace a more productive environment.

Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

“If enough people do it (address their work life balance), we can change society’s definition of success, away from the moronically simplistic notion that the person with the most money when they die wins, to a more thoughtful, balanced definition of what a life well lived looks like.” Nigel Marsh draws on his own experiences as a former corporate giant who worked too hard and saw his family too little, to bring valuable insights on balancing work and life.

 

Lindsey Self: Unconscious behaviours in corporate culture

The gender imbalance in the workplace has dominated the news of late. And although businesses are generally putting more money into diversity training and reviewing policies to try and redress this unbalance, unconscious bias is still a deep-rooted problem in corporate culture. Here’s Lindsey Self’s take on how businesses can begin to address these unconscious biases.

 

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek proposes a simple model for how leaders can be inspirational, all centring around asking the question ‘WHY?’. People don’t buy into WHAT you do, but instead WHY you do it. Using Apple and the Wright brothers as examples, he picks apart what it means to be more than just a leader by title, and how you can be someone who people genuinely want to follow.

 

Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk

“You’ll be surprised how fresh air drives fresh thinking”.

With most of us sitting on average 9.3 hours a day, Nilofer Merchant encourages you to take your one-on-one meetings out of the office, and to the outdoors. You’d be surprised by the number of new ideas that you come up with when taking a stroll, and how much smaller problems seem when you’re not cooped up inside.

 

Seen any other great talks on culture you think we should have included? Let us know in the comments below!

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