4 Must-See TED Talks for Planners

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You might have missed this year’s TED conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre—more than 90 speakers over five days ending March 20. That’s where some of the world’s most engaged and engaging minds meet to present their thoughts on how to make the world a better place.

TED calls it Ideas Worth Spreading and looks at everything from technology, education, and design (TED, get it?) to the forces behind human motivation and how the sound of a voice affects communication. Recorded on video for posterity, many of the talks address topics of special interest to the business world.

You may not have time to check out former White House intern Monica Lewinski’s recent speech on bullying, “The Price of Shame.” If so, that’s too bad. But if you’re looking to boost your management skills or take a leap up the corporate ladder, you’ll want to make time to watch Linda Hill’s “How to Manage for Collective Creativity.” Hill, a Harvard management professor, shows how some of the world’s most innovative and successful companies turn the corporate pyramid on its head.

Budget cutbacks? Check out Navi Radjou’s “Creative Problem-Solving in the Face of Extreme Limits.” A fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, he studied entrepreneurs in developing countries before boiling down the secrets of success to three guiding principles.

Or maybe you’re frazzled by the increasing demands of your job? If that’s you, try Yves Morieux’s “As Work Gets More Complex, 6 Rules to Simplify.” The managing director of the BCG Institute for Organization prescribes cooperation, fewer rules, and more feedback, for starters.

And finally, if you’ve worked your tail off and come up against the glass ceiling, you’ll thank Susan Colantuono for “The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get.” Colantuono, the founder and CEO of the consulting firm Leading Women, shares insights into why a woman—valued employee that she is—may get stuck in middle management.

 

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Annette Burden

Annette Burden

Annette Burden has written and edited for Elite Meetings International since 2007. In addition to writing on travel for other publications, she founded and edited Meeting Traveler, Resorts & Great Hotels, and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazines.

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