TED Talks Transform Adversity into Opportunity with One Simple Technique. When was the last time you struggled to move past adversity or a challenge in your life? In this personal and inspirational talk, Heather R. Younger, J.D. presents a very useful technique that transforms adversity into an opportunity minus the huge therapist bill. Heather has also written a book that is featured on our CSN Book Barn: The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty. Check that out as well! How Great Leaders Inspire Action. Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers … Sinek has written an entire book on this subject. 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation. When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.” Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success. NOTE: Some of the findings presented in this talk have been referenced in an ongoing debate among social scientists about robustness and reproducibility. The Power of Vulnerabilty. Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. Want to help someone? Shut up and listen. When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you’re trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur. The Power of Introverts. In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. Brené Brown’s Top Ten Rules for Success. “You HAVE to Make a CHOICE: Am I Going to SHOW UP?” This is a nice compilation video of several of Brené Brown’s talks, including themes on cultivating authenticity, building shame resilience, letting go of perfectionism, and more. One section focuses on the need for vulnerability in order to embrace change and innovation in the workplace; especially fitting in our environment on campus. How mindfulness changes the emotional life of our brains. “Why is it that some people are more vulnerable to life’s slings and arrows and others more resilient?” In this eye-opening talk, Richard Davidson discusses how mindfulness can improve well-being and outlines strategies to boost four components of a healthy mind: awareness, connection, insight, and purpose. Richard Davidson is researching how mindfulness changes the emotional life of our brains and what we know about some brains showing more resilience than others. Davidson is William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds. Millennials – why are they the worst? Kelly Williams Brown is a writer, blogger, reporter, and agency creative living in Portland. She is the author of the bestselling “Adulting: How to Become A Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps” which has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and on the Today Show, among others. Listen to her take on young people and why they are how they are. Humor aside, she has some great points. Got a meeting? Take a walk. Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a “walking meeting” — and let ideas flow while you walk and talk. The puzzle of motivation by Dan Pink. Understanding motivation is crucial to leading a great team. In this TED talk, Dan Pink reveals that research shows that financial motivators actually hinder creativity. That means if you work in a role requiring creativity and problem solving, offering bonuses and cash rewards can hurt you and your team’s performance. So what do you do instead? Provide your team 3 things:Autonomy – Give people the ability to direct themselves. Don’t make their work purely dictated by others, including you.Mastery – People want to be great by adding and improving their skills. Help them grow those skills and they’ll be very motivated.Purpose – Tap into people’s drive to work on things that matter. Give them a reason why their work is important and how they fit into the bigger picture.They’re simple concepts, but ask yourself: When was the last time you helped the people on your team feel those 3 things? How to build (and rebuild) trust. Trust is the foundation for everything we do. But what do we do when it’s broken? In an eye-opening talk, Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei gives a crash course in trust: how to build it, maintain it and rebuild it — something she worked on during a recent stint at Uber. “If we can learn to trust one another more, we can have unprecedented human progress,” Frei says. Millennials in the Workforce, A Generation of Weakness. Simon Sinek explains how the millennial generation became so entitled. A combination of failed parenting strategies, technology, impatience and environment have created a wave of young people who can’t hack it in the real world. This video has been flooding the internet recently with its popularity. The Way We Think About Work is Broken by Barry Schwartz. What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It’s time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel. Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe. 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.