10 TED Talks to Help You Become an Innovative Leader

I don’t remember ever doing a post like this. But, I’ve recently been thinking about and discussing with a client the topic of innovative leadership. As in what makes an innovative leader. And if you aren’t one, what do you need to do to become one.

With that said, here are a few TED talks that I think will help us become the leaders of the future. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Creativity, fulfillment and flow

Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation

Simon Sinek – Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better

Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

Susan Cain: The power of introverts

Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile

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Jorge BarbaJorge Barba is an Innovation Insurgent and is the Creative Strategist at Blu Maya, a San Diego based Digital Marketing Firm that helps organizations build their online business with strategy development for new products and services. He’s also the author of the innovation blog Game Changer. And lastly, you can follow him on Twitter @jorgebarba.

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13 Responses to 10 TED Talks to Help You Become an Innovative Leader

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  2. Diane says:

    The titles of the videos alone tell an interesting story about what it means to be an innovative leader. Words such as happiness, creativity , fulfillment, an ability to make work seem like fun, listening to others to tap into good ideas, even the introverts all figure in titles! Being prepared to admit to being wrong, being a mover and shaker as well as working out what is really worthwhile. This forms a great resource for new leaders. It reminds me of a quote: ‘The moral and political purpose of whole–system reform is ensuring that everyone will be affected for the better, starting on day one of implementing the strategy.’ – Michael Fullan and Ben Levin Innovative leaders perhaps ensure that everyone will be affected for the better and I would suggest they have the ability to take everyone on the journey with them.

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  5. Aman says:

    Hi Jorge,

    I would suggest to make this post a little more valuable; you may want to link each of the talks to the ted website talk landing page.


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  9. Hans Samios says:

    I have found all of these interesting and useful in the past and have sent the list around to others at work as “recommended viewing over the Christmas break”. Someone asked for a linked list – here it is:
    . “Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work”: We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.
    . “Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from”: People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web. Steven Berlin Johnson is the best-selling author of six books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. His forthcoming book examines “Where Good Ideas Come From.”
    . “Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong”: Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that? “Wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.
    . “Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation”: Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories; and maybe, a way forward. Bidding adieu to his last “real job” as Al Gore’s speechwriter, Dan Pink went freelance to spark a right-brain revolution in the career marketplace.
    . “Simon Sinek: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action”: Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers …
    . “Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better”: In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, “We are losing our listening.” In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening; to other people and the world around you.
    . “Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness”: Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.”
    . “Susan Cain: The power of introverts”: In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
    . “Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile”: When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.
    . “Derek Sivers: How to start a movement”: With help from some surprising, fun footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)
    . “Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work”: Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. In his talk, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work.

    And finally, my all time favorite Ted talk on customer value and perception:

    . “Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man”: Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider “real” value; and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life.

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