At Last Free – Omar and Saad Al Kassab

Chosen by principal consultant Erin Riley – This story is about 2 refugee brothers and their journey from war torn Syria to Australia. As a TEDX Canberra coach, Erin has …had the privilege of working with some wonderful speakers and the opportunity to hear some amazingly inspirational stories, this was one of them! Erin was lucky enough to be in the  audience, to be emerged into their lives, and it was truly an emotional experience that allowed her to not only reflect but realise just how lucky we are to live free from such atrocities in Australia but also to appreciate the simple everyday things in life, including one another. There was a standing ovation from the audience, believe it or not this is rare for TED talks even though we hear some many wonderful ideas.

The era of blind faith in big data must end

Chosen by senior consultant Kate Erikson – What Kate loves about this talk is the theme of needing to protect the most vulnerable…. when using big data. It is comforting to have trends illuminated by big sets of data. However, there are bigger questions about who is selecting what data to show, and who is the data either not representing or, worse still, increasing the disadvantage suffered by the most vulnerable in society.

Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

Chosen by our managing Director Brigid Hardy. – Guy is a great storyteller and his story is shared with both humour… and grace. The story reinforces the mind-body connection and how mindfulness can help improve our emotional health. The topic of emotional hygiene is an important one and a reminder to not be captured by our self-limiting beliefs.

How to start a movement

Chosen by principal consultant Karen van Geelen – This TED talk is an oldie but it remains a favourite… with Karen. Who would think that a poorly filmed clip of some guy dancing on the side of a hill could tell a story about the power of followership, or remind us of the need for ethical followership. This story leads Karen to consider profound and philosophical questions like… What if Hitler, Jesus, Joan of Arc (pick any leader of any race, religion or creed through the Millenia) hadn’t had a first follower – what would our world look like today? It reminds her that we all have the power to influence and to make a difference in the lives of others. It also reminds her that it’s important to check in with our values as it’s tempting to be caught up in the race to belong – even when it’s the wrong race.

Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? And what can we do about it?

Chosen by consultant Tubi Oyston – Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic talks about how to improve the competence of all leaders by improving our own competence….

…for judging and selecting them – which he identifies as a shared responsibility; asking us to let go of the attributes that seduce us in a leader, to mindfully and intentionally choose leaders by seeking people who have the qualities that are needed to be an effective leader – competence, humility and integrity. Tubi likes it because it offers and opportunity make different choices for our future by paying attention to our biases and habits of thought and behaviour.

The happy secret to better work

Chosen by business development manager Jenny Price –  Shawn Achor is funny and that really appeals to Jenny, especially at the moment… His 12.2 minute message is also really powerful. He debunks the myth that happiness follows success, but does it in a really amusing way. He then provides a tested way to rewire your brain to see things more positively in 21 days by doing a few things each day – writing down three things you are grateful for, exercising, meditating and performing random acts of kindness. The “happiness advantage” created increases your creativity, energy, intelligence and productivity at work, and stops you focusing on the negative.

The power of vulnerability

Chosen by office manager Jill Kneebone – This woman is an inspiration and helped Jill greatly on her self development journey. Jill loves that Brene’s talks, books, podcasts are based on academic research as well as personal experience which makes her so relatable.

How great leaders serve others

Chosen by principal consultant Michelle Henderson –  who loves the candour and humour with which Marquet describes his leadership of the submarine, USS Sante Fe. In Marquet’s line of work it is easy to slip into command and control leadership styles. His reflections contain an important lesson for all leaders. The only leadership style that drives the highest level of performance is one based on respect and empathy. Marquet empowers every individual of his team using techniques reminiscent of Dan Pink’s criteria for motivation. That is, give your team members the gifts of purpose, autonomy and mastery – the results will amaze you!

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