7 of the best TED Talks for inspiring business leaders

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The TED Talks video podcast series provides some of the best inspiring lectures from the world’s leading thinkers. Lots of topics are regularly explored around global issues, science, technology, entertainment and also business. They’re like gold nuggets of inspiration and fascination.

Here’s our pick of some of the best talks for inspiring businesses:

 

“The single biggest reason why startups succeed”

Bill Gross has founded lots of startups, with some being successful and others failing. He wanted to understand more about why this happens so he researched and gathered data from hundreds of companies, including his own and gave them a score on five key factors. And the main leading factor might surprise you:

 

“The surprising habits of original thinkers”

Organisational psychologist Adam Grant once turned down an investment opportunity that turned out to be a huge regret. Why? Because of his misconceptions of what makes a great original thinker. Now in hindsight, he explores what an original thinker actually looks like:

 

“Finding the courage to be yourself”

Ron West tells his charming story of once being bullied at school, finding the courage to overcome it and how he’s used this experience later in his business life:

 

“Two reasons companies fail and how to avoid them”

How do you strike a balance between running a company as usual but exploring new ideas at the same time? Business strategist Knut Haanaes investigates how the ability to innovate after becoming successful makes the mark of a great organisation:

 

“Inside the mind of a master procrastinator”

In this humorous talk, Tim Urban discusses his bad habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. He explores why he does this and looks at why we should think more about what we procrastinate on to help avoid negative behavioural patterns:

 

“How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed”

You’re not always comfortable working when you’re stressed and you’re nowhere near your best. So can you overcome it? Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin looks at embracing your stress and how to minimise its impact:

 

“The way we think about work is broken”

What make work satisfying, fulfilling and rewarding? Is it just getting paid? Barry Schwartz investigates the intangible values that the current way of thinking about our work ignores:

 

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