Best TED Talks for leaders and entrepreneurs

Best TED Talks for leaders and entrepreneurs

You may have already heard what Ted Talks are about, right? But if you don’t know, we’ll tell you:

TED talks are incredible conferences where experts, opinion leaders and great speakers have the opportunity to communicate their ideas to everyone. There are different kinds of talks: education, business, technology, entertainment and science, among many others.

From Bcombinator, we made a selection of conferences for you with ideas, solutions and inspiring secrets for leaders and entrepreneurs.

Creative problem, solving in the face of extreme limits

Navi Radjou has spent years studying “jugaad,” also known as frugal innovation. Pioneered by entrepreneurs in emerging markets who figured out how to get spectacular value from limited resources, the practice has now caught on globally.

Peppering his talk with a wealth of examples of human ingenuity at work, Radjou also shares three principles for how we can all do more with less.

How great leaders inspire action

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 Jr. and the Wright brothers.

Sinek found that big business was successful because they lead by inspiring others to believe, and he stresses that “people don’t want to buy what you do, but why you do it.”

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.

“What you need to do is figure out who does care. Who is going to raise their hand and say, ‘I want to hear what you’re doing next’”, said.

Don’t fail fast, fail mindfully

We celebrate bold entrepreneurs whose ingenuity led them to success, but what happens to those who fail? Far too often, they bury their stories out of shame or humiliation — and miss out on a valuable opportunity for growth, says author and entrepreneur Leticia Gasca.

In this thoughtful talk, Gasca calls for business owners to open up about their failures and makes the case for replacing the idea of “failing fast” with a new mantra: fail mindfully.

Leticia Gasca is co-founder of the movement Fuckup Nights and Executive Director for the Failure Institute, the first think tank in the world devoted to studying business failure and the reasons behind it.

How to start a movement

This talk, delivered by Derek Sivers, is short but very inspiring. In three minutes and with the help of amazing images, it shows how the movements really begin.

The secret to great opportunities? The person you haven’t met yet

We often find ourselves stuck in narrow social circles with similar people. What habits confine us, and how can we break them? Organizational psychologist Tanya Menon considers how we can be more intentional about expanding our social universes — and how it can lead to new ideas and opportunities.

Bonus!

One of the most emotional talks was Steve Jobs at Stanford. This is not a Ted Talk, but it is a beautiful source of inspiration.

This presentation has one of the most emblematic and powerful phrases to get inspired: “Stay hungry, stay foolish”. So, what are you waiting for to see it? 

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