6 Must-Watch TED Talks for Project Managers

A big thank you to our friends over at brightpod.com who came up with this fantastic list of must watch TED talks for those involved in project management. Keep scrolling for the list in its entirety and the accompanying video!

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1 For Building a formidable team:

Tom Wujec’s ‘Build a Tower, Build a Team’ is just 7 minutes long and gives some interesting insight on teams and team building. He even gives you an exercise that you can use at your next office team building session: ”the marshmallow problem”.

It’s worth noting here that myself and three of my other colleagues are the official BrightWork marshmallow problem champs of 2015. Just saying…

When it comes to recognizing individual capabilities in a team:

I’ve always hated the way people talk about so-called ‘introverts’. They’re not such bad people! And Susan Cain shows you exactly why in her talk ‘The Power of Introverts’. Hopefully, after watching this, you’ll realize that introverts can be extremely influential team members, despite their reserved nature.

3. For sustaining a healthy team:

Healthy teams are key to success, and not just in terms of biological health! Watch Dan Pink’s ‘The Puzzle of Motivation’ to find out how you can motivate your team in novel ways that are sure to work wonders!

4. For creating harmony in a collaboration:

There is quite literally no end to the amount of collaboration that project managers endure on a daily basis and that is why this TED Talk in particular is so important. So how exactly do you get the most out of your various collaborations? Let Itay Talgum explain.

5. For building an idea worth investing in:

How do you create something that immediately draws attention and inspires action? Through a simple little model called the ‘golden circle’. Find out exactly what it is in the talk below!

6. For reducing a project managers complexities and working smartly:

K.I.S.S. means Keep It Simple…Silly! A powerful abbreviation you’ve undoubtedly heard before! But have you been abiding to the age-old rule? Check out the talk below for 6 simple rules to reduce your complex life as a project manager!

So there you have it, 6 must-watch TED talks for project managers (or anyone really!). Have you any that you’d add to the list? As always, let me know in the comments below!

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