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December 1, 2016 Erin Hall

6 TED Talks to Revolutionize Your Company Culture

Note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on August 12, 2015.

These 6 TED talks show you why you need to cancel your next meeting and rethink what success means – both for your company and your employees. Listen to the theory behind throwing aside organizational structure and taking time off. These unconventional company culture ideas may be your ticket to success. 

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6 TED Talks Anyone Working in Corporate Culture Needs to Watch


“Business leaders must create the conditions for our employees to live their calling.”

See what Albert Einstein meant when he said, “What counts can’t always be counted.”

Measuring What Makes Life Worthwhile (17:39) – Chip Conley

Related: See How These 2 HR Managers Built Solid Company Culture


“If what we study what is merely average, we will remain merely average.”

See how “the happiness advantage” improves job performance. 

The Happy Secret to Better Work (12:20) – Shawn Achor


Related: 3 Keys to Recruiting Millennials: Where to Find Them, How to Keep Them 


“You don’t have a workday anymore you have work moments.”

See why you need to cancel your next meeting.

Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work (15:21) – Jason Fried


Related: Is Tech Making Company Culture Better or Worse?

Every seven years, I close [my design studio] for one year to pursue some little experiments…

See how taking a sabbatical can give you the spark of creativity that you need. 


The Power of Time off (17:40) – Stefan Sagmeister

Companies don’t have ideas; only people do. And what motivates people are the bonds and loyalty and trust they develop between each other.”

See how leaving behind titles and organizational structure can foster a team’s creativity and growth. 

Forget the Pecking Order at Work (15:47) – Margaret Heffernan


We’ve all learned how to go on Sunday night to email and work from home. But very few of us have learned how to go to the movies on Monday afternoon.”

See how throwing out traditional rules in your company can free up everyone to succeed. 

How to Run a Company with (Almost) No Rules (21:42) – Ricardo Semler



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