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  • TED Talks and how they help to inspire

  • Amber Kain
    Chief Scribe

    We all have a variety items that we’ve picked up along the way through our daily lives. They help us grow and develop throughout life. These may have been discussions with colleagues, babysitting your little sister, playing a sport – regardless of where it came from, everything we touch on a daily basis helps us to grow. We make a choice, and that changes us or helps to solidify our foundations.

    I have found TED talks to be a very helpful tool when asking myself, “where do I go from here?” and “how can I grow?” TED talks bill themselves as “Ideas worth spreading” and are based on varying subject matter. Do you want to learn how to be a better public speaker? Do you want to learn how to build a jet suit (note: this one is great for learning how to get back up after you’ve fallen)? No matter what you’re looking towards, there’s a TED talk for you. Sometimes, you even find something when you weren’t looking for it (how do you think I ended up with the jet suit?)!

    What helps you grow and be inspired?

    Jackie Reynolds
    Executive Management Team

    I couldn’t agree more that TED Talks is a great resource for professional development and inspiration! You can find so many different topics on TED Talks that are meaningful for both professional and personal growth.

    Other resources I find helpful for professional development are literature in the form of books, articles, forums, and subscriptions. A common resource I use is HBR.org as they have a wide variety of topics available to read and educate yourself on. One example that is pertinent to all of us is How to decide which tasks to delegate. You can also sign up for articles to be sent directly to you with HBR newsletters. For example, management tip of the day, or HBRs monthly leadership newsletter. This is a good way to keep the content coming your way especially on days or weeks that you find yourself very busy.

    I hope others find TED Talks, HBR and other resources helpful for their growth an development.

    Amber Kain
    Chief Scribe

    Thanks, Jackie!

    We were actually brought into the light about HBR recently. I have found their “Management Tip of the Day” to be quite enlightening. Here’s one that was sent out last month that really helped with a situation I had to handle:

    Before Having a Difficult Conversation, Identify Your Primary Goal
    When you’re ready to address a tricky situation with a colleague, you may be tempted to dive right into the conversation. But before you do, make sure you know what you hope to achieve. What is your goal? Do you want to complete the project more quickly? Deliver the best results? Does your relationship with this person matter more than the outcome of the work? You may want to prioritize all of these things, but think about your primary goal and look for overlap with your counterpart’s objective. If you two have a shared goal, you’ll be better positioned to work through your conflict together. Also ask yourself: Does what I want make sense? Is it realistic? If not, set your sights a little lower. Focus on a small, manageable goal, such as agreeing on which of you will own the redesign project, or creating a six-week plan for how your team will collaborate.

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