What Everyone Ought to Know About Business

By katie simpson on March 15, 2014

Ted conferences are hosted around the world. They bring together fascinating thought leaders across a variety of areas including psychology, art, history, and business. Over the years, they have a vast library of interesting talks. Here are ten of our favorite talks on business.

The Value of Rest

Stefan Sagmeister, a New York designer, takes a year off every seven years. This ted talks shows the power of rest to improve both productivity and creativity.

What Motivates our Work?

Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist, asks the basic question: what makes us feel good about our work? This talk breaks down motivation, meaning, and the need for effort and acknowledgment.

Are Droids Taking All the Jobs?

Andrew Mcafee looks at the rise of technology in new areas that once took humans. The working world for humans is changing, and it’s not just physical work, but knowledge work too. Mcafee shows this not a reason to be upset, but for incredible opportunity.

Why Doodling is Good for Meetings

Sunni Brown, shows how random drawings can actually help people learn, retain, and creatively problem solve.

What Does it Take to be a Great Leader?

Roselinde Torres brings insight from research on leadership development. She explains our leadership gaps, and what it takes to truly lead.

How Data Will Transform Business 

Philip Evans takes a long view on business strategy and how technology is changing the ways we’ve thought about scale and business for centuries.

Creating Happiness Practices

Shawn Achor uses positive psychology to shows that happiness is a practice, not based on external factors. More important than living happier, but it will make us work better and more creatively.

How Body Language Affects Success

Posture has a bigger affect on our lives than etiquette. Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, shows how power poses can change our brain chemistry and set us up for success.

Prison: The Surprising Source of Entrepreneurship

Jeff Smith spent a year in prison. There, he found surprising sense of entrepreneurship amongst the inmates, with sharp business sense.

Dare to Disagree

Margaret Heffernan, a former CEO of five businesses, looks at our fear of conflict, and why we need it for stronger businesses.