You’re busy. We know. Thing is, you need to make time for yourself. More importantly, you need to make time to challenge yourself with new ideas and fresh perspective. The best leaders, after all, are constant learners.
To help, we’ve picked out three great TED Talks on hiring and leadership.
Regina Hartley implores hiring managers to dig a bit deeper when screening candidates, to look past “perfect” resumes to find gems in the rough. Hartley believes that candidates who have faced and overcome adversity, such as poverty, substance abuse, or learning disabilities, are more likely to demonstrate determination, grit, and key relationship-building skills in the workforce, and she uses several anecdotes to prove her point.
Key quote: “If your whole life has been engineered toward success, how will you handle the tough times? One person I hired felt that because he attended an elite university, there were certain assignments that were beneath him, like temporarily doing manual labor to better understand an operation. Eventually, he quit. But on the flip side, what happens when your whole life is destined for failure and you actually succeed?”
In order to succeed, businesses have to be able to keep up in a world of constant technological and social change. Jim Hemerling demonstrates how continual change doesn’t have to be painful by emphasizing the importance of putting people first – from being inclusive and taking into account different perspectives to empowering employees with the tools and skills they need to succeed.
Key quote: “Too many transformations are nothing more than headcount cutting exercises; layoffs under the guise of transformation … but losing weight alone will not get you across the finish line with a winning time. To win you need to go all in. Rather than just cutting costs, you need to think about initiatives that will enable you to win in the medium term, initiatives to drive growth, actions that will fundamentally change the way the company operates, and very importantly, investments to develop the leadership and the talent.”
Conflict doesn’t have to be a bad word. Many executives and employees fear speaking out or presenting a perspective that goes against popular opinion in the company, but is that doing a greater disservice in the long run? Margaret Heffernan shares the importance of seeking out people with diverse viewpoints, and how successful organizations can leverage disagreement and debate for the best possible results.
Key quote: “What does that kind of constructive conflict require? Well, first of all, it requires that we find people who are very different from ourselves. That means we have to resist the neurobiological drive, which means that we really prefer people mostly like ourselves, and it means we have to seek out people with different backgrounds, different disciplines, different ways of thinking and different experience, and find ways to engage with them.”
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