20 Insightful TED Talks About Organizational Culture

by Sabrina Son on Feb 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM

20_Insightful_TED_Talks_About_Organizational_Culture-1.jpgOrganizational culture should be always top of mind for all managers. When the culture is positive, employees are generally happier and more productive. They don’t mind showing up for work every day.

On the other hand, when work cultures are terrible, employees suffer — which means productivity does, too. Work environment and culture are the two top factors that affects employee happiness, according to our Employee Engagement Report.

Are you looking to improve your work culture? Take a look at these TED talks on the subject for inspiration:


1. Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

It turns out that employees are more motivated by a sense of purpose than by a fat paycheck.



2. General Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn … then lead

How do you form a strong bond with your team when employees are all different ages and come from all different backgrounds?



3. Nilofer Merchat: Got a meeting? Take a walk

Looking to improve work culture? Give walking meetings a shot. 

4. Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Traditional rewards aren’t as motivating as we think.

5. Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

If your workers seem miserable every day, they probably are. Help make your employees happier, and they’ll deliver.


6. Ricardo Semler: Radical wisdom for a company, a school, a life

Just because traditional organizations do things one way doesn’t mean your company needs to do things similarly.


7. Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

IQ isn’t the only thing that separates the top performers from the worst ones. Success, in large part, is also the result of grit.


8. Tim Wujec: Build a tower, build a team

Why do some of the most surprising teams deliver the best results?


9. Catherine Courage: Igniting creativity to transform corporate culture

To improve corporate culture, we need to unlock the creativity that characterized our childhoods.


10. Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaborations

The dominance of closed, rigid corporations is coming to an end. The sooner you embrace that notion, the better situated your organization will be.


11. Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work

Is the office actually one of the worst places to get work done?


12. David Logan: Tribal leadership

How can understanding the five basic tribes that humans form enhance your organization?


13. Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

People can’t be productive when work dominates their lives.


14. Graham Weston: Creating workplace cultures, energy of inspired employees

Workplaces thrive when employees are inspired by what they’re setting out to accomplish.


15. Vishen Lakhiani: 5 steps to creating the world’s greatest workplace

Every manager should strive to create the best workplace possible. Here’s how you get started.


16. Susan Cain: The power of introverts

Managers shouldn’t only listen to the loudest mouths in the room.


17. Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

Good luck trying to spread boring ideas.


18. Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Is stress only bad for you if you believe it is?


19. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Great leaders can’t accomplish everything they want to accomplish wholly on their own.


20. Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

You might have the best idea in the world. But if it doesn’t catch on, people might never find out about it. Here’s how you avoid suffering that fate.



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This post was written by Sabrina Son

Sabrina is the managing editor for the TINYpulse blog. A Seattle native, she loves her morning (or anytime) coffee, spending her weekends on the mountains, and of course, the famous rain.

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