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How to make filing inspiring

How to make filing inspiring

by Moyra Mackie on May 24, 2014

I hate filing and I love TED Talks.

So in an effort to motivate myself to keep up with all the necessary admin involved in running a business, I make sure I listen to a TED talk whilst wrestling with paperwork.

Sometimes it doesn’t work.  Because sometimes the talks are so compelling that I have to watch as well as listen.

I’m far from on my own. The TED website estimates that they receive 17 page views a second.

This is TED’s mission:

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we’re building a clearing house of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”

My 100 inspirational minutes

So this week I thought I would post my all time favourite top 5 TED Talks and see what you think. In total, they add up to 100 minutes of inspiring and thought-provoking ideas.


I count myself as a “curious soul”, so would appreciate it if you would share your recommendations for other TED talks at the end of this post.

1. Brené Brown on human connection and having the courage to be vulnerable

Brown’s years of research are integral to understanding the human condition and what makes us tick.  I believe no real personal, team or organisational change can take place without working with vulnerability.

 2. Daniel Pink and the science of what really motivates us

Pink has collected over a century of research to show that social scientists know something most managers – and most organisations – don’t.  And that is the fact that money is not what drives us and is often the source of a lack of productivity and reduced innovation.

3. Simon Sinek on how leaders should start with “why”

This is a great talk for anyone who wants to be able to inspire others to action. Sinek turns the traditional “here’s what we do” messaging on its head and suggests great communicators always start with “here’s why we do it.”

4. Amanda Palmer on the power of asking for help

This is my all time favourite talk.  Amanda Palmer makes connecting with her audience a high art form and offers a perfect example of what Brené Brown is talking about when she labels vulnerability as courage.

 5. Andy Puddicombe on mindfulness and meditation

I’ve written before on the power of mindfulness to improve our performance and well-being, and this talk by a former Buddhist monk is a great introduction to what mindfulness really is and how you might get started.

And a five minute bonus

Dan Siegel on empathy, mindfulness and why neuroscience matters

This guy is not on TED – but he certainly should be.  This clip was shown to us on our coaching program at Ashridge Business School and is simply THE best explanation for how our brain works. (Do excuse the terrible 80s vignette in the middle!)

It clearly links to Andy Puddicombe’s talk on mindfulness, but I think it is what connects all my TED selections – the intertwining of how we think, how we feel and how we choose to act.

Now it’s your turn

Tell me what you think and please leave your suggestions for what to watch and why.

The tidiness of my office depends on your comments!

Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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