You know how to write a resume and ask for a promotion. These talks go beyond the basics, offering insightful advice on how to think about our work lives.
1. How great leaders inspire action: Simon Sinek
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.
Simon Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. He’s the author of the classic “Start With Why”; his latest book is “Leaders Eat Last.”
2. The happy secret to better work: Shawn Achor
We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
Shawn Achor is the CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology.
3. The career advice you probably didn’t get: Susan Colantuono
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 men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.
Susan Colantuono is the CEO and founder of Leading Women, a management consulting firm that empowers women. Colantuono works to uncover hidden gender bias and to help managers and executives think more deeply about the role gender plays in the workplace.
4. How to make work-life balance work: Nigel Marsh
Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.
Nigel Marsh presents and writes on business and personal life — and how the two interact. He is the author of “Fat, Forty and Fired.”
5. Why you will fail to have a great career: Larry Smith
In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.
A professor of economics at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Larry Smith coaches his students to find the careers that they will truly love.
6. Embrace the near win: Sarah Lewis
At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?
Art historian and critic Sarah Lewis celebrates creativity and shows how it can lead us through fear and failure to ultimate success.