Other Great Stuff

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How to turn a group of strangers into a team | Amy Edmondson

The guru of psychological safety. Business school professor Amy Edmondson studies “teaming,” where people come together quickly (and often temporarily) to solve new, urgent or unusual problems. Recalling stories of teamwork on the fly, such as the incredible rescue of 33 miners trapped half a mile underground in Chile in 2010, Edmondson shares the elements needed to turn a group of strangers into a quick-thinking team that can nimbly respond to challenges.

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8 Lessons on building a company people enjoy working for  |  Patty McCord

Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the window.

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Why good leaders make you feel safe  |  Simon Sinek

What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.

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The power of introverts | Susan Cain

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.

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How to speak so that people want to listen  |  Julian Treasure 

Great tips to adopt a style of speaking that is in tune with psychological safety, listening and coaching. To make you a nicer person!

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Your elusive creative genius  |  Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses – and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

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How to make stress your friend  |  Kelly McGonigal

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.

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I’m not your inspiration thank you very much  |  Stella Young 

Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society’s habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”

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The danger of a single story  |  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice – and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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Play is more than just fun | Stuart Brown

A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults – and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

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Sweat & Small Stuff | Rory Sutherland  

A entertaining review of the disconnect between large organisations and what matters to the everyday folk.

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Do Schools Kill Creativity | Ken Robinson

The all-time classic, does what it says on the tin.

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Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality | Brian Little

What makes you, you? Psychologists like to talk about our traits, or defined characteristics that make us who we are. But Brian Little is more interested in moments when we transcend those traits — sometimes because our culture demands it of us, and sometimes because we demand it of ourselves. Join Little as he dissects the surprising differences between introverts and extroverts and explains why your personality may be more malleable than you think.

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Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger? | David Epstein

To help you see the broader system at play. When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.

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Metaphorically speaking | James Geary

Useful for storytelling and helping teach people how to use metaphors. Aphorism enthusiast and author James Geary waxes on a fascinating fixture of human language: the metaphor. Friend of scribes from Aristotle to Elvis, metaphor can subtly influence the decisions we make, Geary says.

The Psychology Podcast with Dr Scott Barry Kaufman

A highly informative podcast that explores psychological thinking on the mind, behaviour and creativity and brings it up to date with new research. Great conversations to learn from and all.

99% Invisible

99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. With over 250 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes and is available on RadioPublic, via RSS and through other apps.

Freakonomics

Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers.

HBR Ideacast

A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management.

TED Radio Hour Podcast

The TED Radio Hour is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.

NPR – Hidden Brain

Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

RSA : Animate Series

Free resource Just because they’ll make you think and tell the story in a slightly different way. It’s also worth looking at the RSA events (UK Royal Society of Arts) free talks that they offer. If you are London based then you can attend in person or they stream them online.

McKinsey Quarterly

The Quarterly combines powerful insights from McKinsey with ideas from other world-leading experts and practitioners to help readers stay at the cutting edge of management thought, become more effective leaders, and boost the performance of their organizations.

Masterclass – Anna Wintour teaches Creativity (course)

It is a subscription-based service but this one is really quite fascinating as Anna Wintour gives an insight into the world of Vogue and Conde Naste, teaching how to lead with vision and creativity—and without apology.

Masterclass – Malcolm Gladwell teaches writing (course)

Another paid course but really quite enjoyable, interesting and useful. In 24 lessons, the author of Blink and The Tipping Point teaches you how to find, research, and write stories that capture big ideas.

Coursera

Offers great online courses from many universities around the world.

IDEO – Various courses

A price jump but IDEO runs some nice online courses for applying design thinking to change. These come with an online community which is nice but be warned classes are large.

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