When we seemingly exhaust all of the options we know of to keep the business cool, trendy, and most importantly, running smoothly, we become lost. These TED Talks are here to help clear things up.
What am I missing? Is there something else I could be doing to make this a better business?
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These are questions we often face, and there is no shame if we ever find ourselves in this position. Below, we have provided five excellent TED Talks that we highly recommend watching if you want to improve things around the office, no matter the problem at hand.
The state of the world is at stake. During Kate E. Brandt’s TED Talk, she tells us that experts say we only have twelve years left to make monumental changes in the way we handle waste. If we don’t, we will have created irreversible damage, threatening life as we know it. This is big, and if you haven’t yet realized just how big it is, it’s time you do.
Businesses big and small create waste, sometimes without even knowing it. When we create waste, it affects the world on a large scale. There are so many little things we can do to change how we handle ourselves both inside and outside of the office. When you promote the fact that you care about the environment, people will feel better about buying products and services from you. As humans, we have an innate need to do good, and even if it seems small, reducing your waste as a business will go far.
Whether it’s cutting down on plastic usage, donating a portion of sales to organizations helping to save the planet, or even attending clean up events, you can expect a huge change in the way you run your business, and even how people view it.
Without employees, your business wouldn’t be possible. Though you might have hundreds of ideas just waiting to be put to use, without the help of others, those ideas won’t matter. This is why it’s so important to keep them happy. Happy workers make for a great work environment. Unhappy workers make for an unhappy and unproductive environment.
Michael C. Bush’s TED Talks discusses the three main ways to make employees happy; believe it or not, it doesn’t involve paying them more money necessarily. When bosses trust and respect their employees, treat them fairly, and really listen to what they have to say, it automatically increases their self-esteem and boost their self-worth within your company.
By simply showing that you care, your employees will work hard and work happy, and ultimately take pride in what they do.
The way we do business is constantly changing, and so is the way we determine someone’s worth. In the past, we’ve typically focused on intelligence quotient instead of other valuable qualities. That’s all changing in today’s climate.
Natalie Fratto suggests that, instead of focusing on intelligence alone, we should be focusing on how well a person or a business is able to adapt. Three great ways to make this determination are asking “what if” questions, “unlearning” something that we’ve known for so long, and seeking out those who find exploration more important than exploitation.
You don’t want your business to be a standard, run-of-the-mill operation. If you change the way you think, you might find that the results are life-changing. When you watch this TED Talks, you will rethink every aspect of your business.
Technology has really changed our world around. It’s made our lives easier, more efficient, and has given us more instant gratification. While we can no longer live without it, Margaret Heffernan suggests that we might rely on it a little too much.
When we continue to replace humans with machines, it does many things, including put humans out of a job, and take human skills out of the task. Machines can only do so much, and when they experience something they aren’t programmed to know, they shut down. This is where a human’s skills are needed, specifically imagination, humility, and bravery. Machines don’t possess those qualities.
If put the emphasis back in human skills, it will help businesses in the long run. Machines are great, but without humans, none of this would be possible. Remember to bring an element of humanness to everything you do.
The world we live in is not black and white. While some liked to believe it was 50 years ago, it still wasn’t then. We have always been a conglomeration of people rich in different cultures and ways of life. When starting a business, why would you make it so that only one or two kinds of people are represented?
As you’ll see in this TED Talks, teams are vastly more innovative and productive at work when there are so many different people to work with. Everyone has a different outlook on life, and when people get the opportunity to compare their experiences to other people, the results are undeniably better.
These are just a few tips to follow when starting and running a business. There are plenty of TED Talks available if you want to learn more about the right way of having a company with happy employees, great ideas, and more.
Enjoy your Ted Talks and let us know if you recommend other Ted Talks as well. Never stop learning, and never stop striving for the best.