Inspiring TED Talks



Start With Why
Simon Sinek – TED
Fascinated by the leaders who make impact in the world, companies and politicians with the capacity to inspire, Simon Sinek has discovered some remarkable patterns in how they think, act and communicate. He wrote Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action to explore his idea of the Golden Circle, what he calls "a naturally occurring pattern, grounded in the biology of human decision making, that explains why we are inspired by some people, leaders, messages and organizations over others."


5 Ways to Listen Better
Julian Treasure - TED, Jul 2011

In our louder and louder world “we are losing our listening”. It’s time to retune our ears for conscious listening — to others, and the world.

What it Takes to be a Great Leader
Roselinde Torres - TED, Oct 2013     

What makes a great leader in the 21st century? What is the diversity measure of a leader’s network? Is a leader courageous enough to abandon a practice that made them successful in the past?

In this captivating Talk, Roselinde Torres describes her research into these questions, eliciting a sense of what ‘great leaders’ are doing distinctly different to thrive and grow in 21st century business. 


Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe
Simon Sinek – TED, Mar 2014

This moving Talk from Sinek explores how great leaders build emotional bonds of trust with, and safe environments for, their followers.

As he explains, it’s all about the ‘environment’ a leader creates and the resulting ‘tribe’ which develops.

If you get it right, as in, if the people within the tribe ‘feel’ safe with a mutual trust and cooperation for one another, any tribe member has the capacity to do remarkable things.


How to Get Your Ideas to Spread
Seth Godin - TED, Feb 2003

In a world of too many options and too little time, the obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff.

“For the first 15 years after sliced bread was available no one bought it, no one knew about it – it was a complete and total failure. And the reason – until Wonder came along and figured out how to SPREAD THE IDEA of sliced bread, no one wanted it.”

In this remarkable TED Talk marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting people’s attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.

Why Business can be Good at Solving Social Problems
Michael Porter - TED, Jun 2013     

Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society’s biggest problems?

Though Porter admits he’s biased he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water.

Why you may ask? Because when business solves a problem, it makes a profit – which lets that solution grow.


Why Aren't We More Compassionate
Daniel Goleman - TED, Mar 2007     

What do you think of compassion when it comes to leading others and high performing teams? Do you feel you’re a compassionate leader? 

In this fascinating Talk, Daniel Goleman asks why people aren’t more compassionate more of the time and opens the door to understanding a person’s “success” from an EI perspective.

Goleman asserts that people are hard-wired to feel compassion and establish a standard of self-regard as the appropriate way to treat others.