TED Talk videos are one of the most viewed resources on the internet for business people as they offer an extensive range of speeches hosted by some of the most inspirational people. Below is a list of the most popular and free to watch TED Talks to help build your business outlook.


Start with Why – Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek discusses the principal behind every successful person and business. A simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a gold circle and the question “why?”.


Your elusive creative genius – Elizabeth Gilbert

Hosted by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the hugely successful novel ‘Eat, Pray Love’, this talk breaks down the myth of the genius, and reminds us that everyone has the capacity to generate great ideas.


Why it’s time to forget the pecking order – Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan is already known in the business world for acclaimed books such as “The Naked Truth”, “Women on Top” and “Wilful Blindness”. In this talk, Heffernan argues that business doesn’t need to be a dog eat dog world after all. Using easy-to-understand terms and a memorable story involving chickens, Heffernan explains why competition doesn’t always breed productivity. Instead, Heffernan reveals successful companies don’t require fierce competition between workers, but social sensitivity and unity.


How to run a company with (almost) no rules – Ricardo Semler

At their very essence, companies are carefully selected groups of people, with a hierarchy of employees designed to maximise productivity. Take away those rules and regulations, and what happens? Not what you’d expect. Preparing for cancer made Ricardo Semler embrace life in the present, and this enlightening talk charts how he transferred that ethos to his company.


The happy secret to better work – Shawn Achor

In business and many others industries, happiness is seen as secondary to productivity. However, in this engaging TED talk from Shawn Achor, you’ll learn happiness can be one of the best tools a worker can have.


Got a wicked problem? First tell me how you make toast – Tom Wujec

Don’t be put off by the title, this talk by Tom Wujec will transform how you think about collaboration and the power groups can have. Wujec starts off by explaining how drawing toast shows how people think, but then expands the concept to a business setting. You’ll learn how business visualisation has helped failing companies return to success, and discover how an ongoing process of collaboration and refinement can seriously improve productivity.

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