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10 of the best TED Talks every IT leader should watch today

We have complied a list of 10 TED Talks all IT leaders should watch today.

 

Ideas worth spreading.

Under this slogan, TED posts “talks” or presentations online for free distribution.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful presentations.

TED Talks include influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, and technology.

TED’s main purpose: make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.

Here is a list of the 10 best TED Talks all IT leaders should watch.

Top 10 TED Talks for IT Leaders

Topics include: how to become a great leader; how to improve how you speak to others; motivation and how traditional rewards don’t always work; happiness at work; why stress can be your friend; how to build a team; how to be a conductor of people; open principles of management and transparency; and machine learning

1. How great leaders inspire action

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Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?”

Speaker Bio
Simon Sinek is a leadership expert. He explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. He’s the author of “Start With Why” and “Leaders Eat Last.”

Time: 17:58

Views: More than 42 million

Filmed: For a local audience at TEDxPuget Sound | September 2009

2. How to speak so that people want to listen

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Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy.

Speaker Bio
Julian Treasure is a sound consultant. He is the author of Sound Business and How to be Heard: Secrets for Powerful Speaking and Listening books.

Time: 9:55

Views: More than 31.9 million

Filmed: Presented at TEDGlobal 2013 | June 2013

3. The puzzle of motivation

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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.

Speaker Bio
Daniel Pink is a career analyst. With a trio of influential bestsellers, Dan Pink has changed the way companies view the modern workplace.

Time: 18:33

Views: More than 21.9 million

Filmed: Presented at TEDGlobal 2009 | July 2009

4. The happy secret to better work

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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, Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

Speaker Bio
Shawn Achor is a psychologist. He is the CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology.

Time: 17:58

Views: More than 18.8 million

Filmed: Presented at TEDx Bloomington | May 2011

5. How to make stress your friend

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Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case.

Speaker Bio
Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist. She translates academic research into practical strategies for health, happiness and personal success.

Time: 14:25

Views: More than 18.4 million

Filmed: Presented at TEDGlobal 2013 | June 2013

6. Build a tower, build a team

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As a manager, your job is to build a great team and find each person’s strengths. You may be surprised at what can you learn about team building and productivity from the marshmallow challenge – a team-building exercise to build the tallest tower with dry spaghetti, tape, and a marshmallow.

Speaker Bio
Tom Wujec is a technology pioneer, Autodesk Fellow, and speaker. Tom is the author of six books and has created several digital tools including Maya and Sketchbook pro.

Time: 14:25

Views: More than 5 million

Filmed: Presented TED2010 | February 2010

7. Lead like the great conductors

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An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word.

Speaker Bio
After a decade-long conducting career in his native Israel, Itay Talgam has reinvented himself as a “conductor of people” — in government, academia, business and education. He is the author of The Ignorant Maestro.

Time: 20:45

Views: More than 3.2 million

Filmed: Presented at TEDGlobal 2009 | July 2009

8. The revolutionary power of diverse thought

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In this passionate, personal talk, she reminds us that there are no binaries, in politics, emotions and our identities. “One should never, ever remain silent for fear of complexity,” Shafak says.

Speaker Bio
Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. She is also a political commentator and an inspirational public speaker.

Time: 21:59

Views: More than 2.5 million

Filmed: Presented at TEDGlobal>NYC | September 2017

9. What I learned from giving up everything I knew as a leader

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Previously at Delta, Jim Whitehurst thought he knew the rules for how to lead. In this talk, Whitehurst shares what he learned when he took this leap of faith and joined Red Hat, a company unlike any he’d ever seen.

Speaker Bio
Jim Whitehurst is an advocate for open software as a catalyst for business innovation. His 2015 book, “The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance,” focuses on open principles of management and transparency.

Time: 7:43

Views: 15,000

Filmed: Presented at TED@BCG | October 2018

10. How machine learning can teach us to build more effective teams

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There’s a surprising connection between what Drew Humphreys learned in the Marine Corps and how we manage machine learning in business. Learn 3 lessons on building a more effective team.

Speaker Bio
Former Marine Corps officer Drew Humphreys joined UPS after graduating from business school where he focuses on managing the competitive landscape.

Time: 9:29

Filmed: Presented at TED@UPS | July 2018

 

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