Simon Sinek: If You Don’t Understand People, You Don’t Understand Business

“We’re not good at everything, we’re not good by ourselves,” says Simon Sinek at the 99% Conference. Our ability to build trust and relationships is the key to our survival as a race, and to thriving as ideamakers.

 

Sense-making: Deborah Ancona Talks with Karl Moore for Forbes

MIT’s Deborah Ancona talks with McGill University’s Karl Moore about MIT’s approach to leadership and their capabilities model.

 

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.

 

Candy Chang: Before I Die I Want To…

In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors’ answers — surprising, poignant, funny — became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What’s your answer?)

 

Miguel Nicolelis: Brain-to-brain communication has arrived. How we did it…

You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on now? Building ways for two minds (rats and monkeys, for now) to send messages brain to brain. Watch to the end for an experiment that, as he says, will go to “the limit of your imagination.”

 

The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn: TEDx

 

Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.  […]

 

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.

 

Winners & Losers In The Digital Age

In the digital economy new business models, platforms and brands rise over night while seemingly big industry names can suddenly be forgotten or evolve into something new. Scott Galloway of digital innovation think tank L2 calls it a winner-take-all ecosystem.

In a data driven overview of Scott will give us his predictions on who’s racing ahead and who might be left behind in this digital derby in the fields of social networking platforms, retail, brands and societal trends.

 

Getting people right: Christian Madsbjerg at TEDxLowerEastSide

Christian founded ReD Associates, a strategy and innovation consulting firm based in the human sciences — with a group of like-minded people in 2007. He is the author of books on social theory and discourse analysis. Christian studied philosophy and political science in Copenhagen and London. The book “The Moment of Clarity — Using the Human Sciences to Solve Your Hardest Business Problems” will be published by Harvard Business Review Press in February 2014. He lives in New York City.

 
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