Ricardo Semler: How To Run A Company With (Almost) No Rules

What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about. Bonus question: What if schools were like this too?

 

Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret To Better Work

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

 

Simon Sinek: Why good leaders make you feel safe (TED)

What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.

 

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are (TED)

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

 

Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn leads a session on Mindfulness at Google.

 

Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success (TED)

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

 

Appreciative Inquiry: A Conversation with David Cooperrider

Distinguished Visiting Professor David Cooperrider talks about Appreciative Inquiry and the power of strength-based leadership.

 

What is Appreciative Inquiry?

What is Appreciative Inquiry is a hi-def training video that includes the 5 principles, 4-D Cycle, positive core, Summit Process, and story of how Appreciative inquiry began. It’s presented by Jackie Kelm at www.AppreciativeEngagement.com. You may use this video in it’s entirety.

 

Brené Brown: Listening to shame (TED)

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

 

WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson

With Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson pairs the insight of his bestselling Everything Bad Is Good for You and the dazzling erudition of The Ghost Map and The Invention of Air to address an urgent and universal question: What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

 
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