Top 8 Ted Talks for CEOs

The best way to turn newly learned skills and practices into habits is repetition. However, day to day demands can quickly erode our best intentions. Key items on our to-do list get put on the back burner and eventually forgotten. To help keep best practices top of mind, we looked at fifty of the most recommended Ted Talks for C-suite executives and developed our list of top Ted Talks for CEOs.

There are some that are well known that we like, but didn’t include on our list because they are on so many other lists. And while they are great, there is a good chance you’ve already watched them. We focused our list on culture, teams, and the changing nature of the executive suite.

How to Turn a Group of Strangers into a TeamAmy Edmondson

Too many of us are raised to compete — spurring remarkable accomplishment but often impeding the collaboration and teamwork needed to address the world’s most pressing challenges. To truly innovate, we need to work together — across boundaries created by expertise, distance and status. That’s the promise of teaming. So now, look around you. Think about people’s whose knowledge and skills are different than yours. How quickly can you discover the treasures they bring, share what you bring, and then team up to make something impossible happen?

8 Lesson on Building a Company People Enjoy Working ForPatty McCord

Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the window.

5 Ways to Lead in an Era of Constant ChangeJim Hemerling

Who says change needs to be hard? Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today’s constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting. He outlines five imperatives, centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all.

4 Ways to Build a Human Company in the Age of MachinesTim Leberecht

In the face of artificial intelligence and machine learning, we need a new radical humanism, says Tim Leberecht. For the self-described “business romantic,” this means designing organizations and workplaces that celebrate authenticity instead of efficiency and questions instead of answers. Leberecht proposes four (admittedly subjective) principles for building beautiful organizations.

How to Break Bad Management Habits Before They Reach the Next Generation of LeadersElizabeth Lyle

Companies are counting on their future leaders to manage with more speed, flexibility and trust than ever before. But how can middle managers climb the corporate ladder while also challenging the way things have always been done? Leadership expert Elizabeth Lyle offers a new approach to breaking the rules while you’re on your way up, sharing creative ways organizations can give middle managers the space and coaching they need to start leading differently.

What I Learned from Giving Up Everything I Knew as a Leader – Jim Whitehurst

As the former Chief Operating Officer of Delta, Jim Whitehurst thought he knew the rules for how to lead. “I thought I was the person ultimately responsible for solving the problems facing my organization. I was the one who was supposed to bring order and structure,” he says. His world was turned upside down when he left Delta to become CEO of Red Hat, an open-source software company. Whitehurst shares what he learned when he took this leap of faith and joined a company unlike any he’d ever seen.

Why Millennials Hold More Power Today Than Ever BeforeJared Kleinert

Dubbed the millennial whisperer, 19-year-old author and CEO Jared Kleinert has spent thousands of hours studying the millennial mind. Kleinert explains why young people hold more power today than at any other time in history, and explores what sets this group apart.

We’ve Stopped Trusting Institutions and Started Trusting StrangersRachel Botsman

Something profound is changing our concept of trust, says Rachel Botsman. While we used to place our trust in institutions like governments and banks, today we increasingly rely on others, often strangers, on platforms like Airbnb and Uber and through technologies like the blockchain. This new era of trust could bring with it a more transparent, inclusive and accountable society — if we get it right. Who do you trust?

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