5 of my favourite TED talks

5 Short TED talks on Leadership, Mindset and Motivation

1.Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation (18.36)

Author and speaker Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation in one of his short and powerful TED talks about the puzzle of motivation. Science knows startling facts that most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Carrots and sticks don’t work – in fact they often do more harm than good.Listen for illuminating stories and some insight into the idea of Autonomy.

2.Laura Trice: Thank You (3.29)

In her short talk Laura talks about the importance of two very simple, but important, little words – “Thank you.” Most of us feel we can ask for praise, and won’t ask for a ‘thank you.’ She share explanations of why we resist this simple but powerful phrase, why it’s so important that we are honest about the praise that we need to hear. she challenges us to ask the people around us what they want to hear.

3.Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work (12.20)

Psychologist Shawn Achor talks about the happy secret to better work in his powerful short TED talks. We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? Shawn argues that happiness actually inspires productivity.

4.Sheena Iyengar: The art of choosing (24.08)

Sheena Iyengar shares how we make choices, and how we often feel about the choices we make. She talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.

5.Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve (10.25)

Carol Dweck shares the idea of the “growth mindset” in this powerful talk. The idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. She describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve itOR have you just not solved it yet? Ideas we wish we had known earlier.


Body language impacts how others see us, but it can also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows talks about the benefits of “power posing.” How standing in a posture of confidence (even when we don’t feel confident) can positively affect testosterone and cortisol levels in our brains. These chemicals adjust confidence and may even impact on our chances for success.

The Power of TED Talks are that they are engaging, have a clear message we can relate to and hardly ever have any “Death by PowerPoint” to put us to sleep. These talks make learning fun and entertaining.

Favourite short TED talks on Leadership, Mindset and Motivation


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Richard Riche

Change Communication and Employee Engagement specialist at One Clear Message Consulting
Richard specialises in helping you build real human communication skills. Employee Engagement / Experience, Emotional Intelligence skills, building high performance teams and a great place you want to work. TED style speaking and presentation skills. Training, consulting and coaching.
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