5 TED Talks Every Counsellor Should Watch

In need of a little inspiration at work? We’ve got you covered.

There’s nothing like a little pep talk to motivate you and your colleagues! Maybe it’s a search for fresh direction, or the need for incremental process changes. Here are 5 TED Talks that we recommend at Cialfo to spice things up. You’re welcome!

1. Listen, learn … then lead

Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning — and addressing the possibility of failure.

Key Point – Dynamic leadership.

This is how we, at Cialfo, built our dream ground up

2. Every kid needs a champion

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Key Point – Educating with purpose.

As educators we must understand and engag the demands of our students.

3. Teachers need real feedback

Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory.” And with no feedback, no coaching, there’s just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback — and lays out a program from his foundation to bring it to every classroom.

Key Point  – Building on customer feedback and demands

Remember, feedback can come from various channels. You just need to be receptive and open to change. 

4. How better tech could protect us from distraction

How often does technology interrupt us from what we really mean to be doing? At work and at play, we spend a startling amount of time distracted by pings and pop-ups — instead of helping us spend our time well, it often feels like our tech is stealing it away from us. Design-thinker Tristan Harris offers thoughtful new ideas for technology that creates more meaningful interaction. He asks: ‘What does the future of technology look like when you’re designing for the deepest human values?’

Key Point – Crafting a meaningful product.

5. How to manage for collective creativity

What’s the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of ‘Collective Genius’, has studied some of the world’s most creative companies to come up with a set of tools and tactics to keep great ideas flowing— from everyone in the company, not just the designated ‘creatives.’

Key Point  – Maximizing your company’s creative talent

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