February 2018

Carol Dweck

Ted Talk: "The power of believing that you can improve" - Carol Dweck
(approx. 10mins)

“Growth Mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.

Carol Dweck is a pioneering researcher in the field of motivation, why people success (or don't) and how to foster success.

January 2018

Margaret Heffernan

Ted Talk: "Forget the pecking order at work" - Margaret Heffernan
(approx. 16mins)

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 break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It's a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: "Companies don't have ideas. Only people do."

Margaret Heffernan, The former CEO of five businesses, explores the all-too-human thought patterns — like conflict avoidance and selective blindness — that lead organizations and managers astray.

December 2017

 Kelly McGonigal

Ted Talk: "How to make stress your friend" - Kelly McGonigal
(approx. 15mins)

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

Kelly McGonigal translates academic research into practical strategies for health, happiness and personal success.

November 2017

Amy Cuddy

Ted Talk: "Your body language may shape who you are" - Amy Cuddy
(approx. 21mins)

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that "power posing" — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success. NOTE: Some of the findings presented in this talk have been referenced in an ongoing debate among social scientists about robustness and reproducibility. Read "Criticisms & updates" below for more details as well as Amy Cuddy's response.

Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and perhaps even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.