Perspectives on Career Success, Courtesy of TED


Want some new perspectives and skills that you can apply to your daily routine at work? Then try these TED talks on for size.

Are you looking for inspiration to advance your business and communication skills? The following TED Talks — interesting and thought-provoking lectures from experts on education, business, science, technology and creativity — explore different areas that can help you better understand yourself and others in order to achieve more success in the workplace.

The Power of Vulnerability

Most people believe that showing vulnerability is a weakness. However, Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, speaks in this TED Talk about how vulnerability and imperfections can be beneficial to you and your relationships with those around you.

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Have you ever wondered why certain people can achieve their goals while others cannot? Leadership expert Simon Sinek has answered this through the concept of “The Golden Circle,” which explains how certain innovators receive more success and can use it to inspire others.

Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are

Your body language is more influential than you may think. It affects not only how others perceive you, but how you perceive yourself. Harvard Business School researcher and professor Amy Cuddy describes the ways that small changes can be a positive influence on your self-perception.

Forgetting the Pecking Order at Work

Despite the personal success you may feel from individual achievements, serial entrepreneur and blogger Margaret Heffernan explains how community connectedness through the elimination of the pecking order will allow the highest level of success to be achieved.

Profit’s Not Always the Point

Has profit always been your biggest goal in your business? Today, profit alone may not be enough. According to Harish Manwani, chief operating officer of Unilever, every successful business must aim to make the world a better place.

The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get

Is your career stagnant, even though you seem to be doing all the right things to move ahead? Susan Colantuono, CEO of the management consulting firm Leading Women, shares some simple and surprising advice.

Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career

In this funny talk, Larry Smith, a professor of economics at Waterloo University in Canada, outlines the excuses people use for why they haven’t achieved the professional dreams they thought they would. He explains, rather bluntly, how fear, laziness and lack of passion block the path to career success for so many.

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