1. Forget the Pecking Order at Work

    Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee bre…Read More

  2. 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 from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. How can leaders leverage the "happiness advantage" on individual and organizational …Read More

  3. Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get

    You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways for anyon…Read More

  4. How to Get Your Ideas to Spread

    In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones. This classic reminds leaders (and marketers) the i…Read More

  5. Choice, Happiness and Spaghetti Sauce

    Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness. https://youtu.be/iIiAAhUeR6Y x…Read More

  6. Your Elusive Creative Genius

    "Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk. Stay with this one to the en…Read More

  7. The Puzzle of Motivation

    Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward. https://youtu.be/rrkrvAUbU9Y With the focus to…Read More

  8. Impress vs. Influence

    You can impress people from a distance, but you must get close to influence them.                                                                                            --Rick Warren Leadership is often talked about as a title or position and this po…Read More