We all need advice – and an outsider’s opinion is a great way to put things into perspective as it allows us to take a step back from our thoughts and the advice of our friends. When it comes to careers, it pays to put things in as much perspective as possible.
A good way to get that perspective is to attend a TED talk. TED is a non-profit organization dedicated to “ideas worth spreading,” and many of those ideas come in the form of career counseling.
find your way
1. Scott Dinsmore shares his story of quitting a miserable job, tips for finding a job you love , and why you shouldn’t take a job just to shine on your resume!
2. Susan Colantuono wonders why so many women are “stuck somewhere in the middle” of the hierarchy. Here are the top tips and career guidance tips that would have helped you climb the ladder.
3. Career breaks do exist. Carol Cohen addresses the divide between employers and people who have taken a break, and explains how to ” restart your career “.
4. What drives high performing teams? Margaret Heffernan believes social cohesion is the way forward , not competition. Forget the hierarchy at work.
5. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg asks why professional success and personal fulfillment remain a choice, and wonders why there are so few female leaders .
Productivity and performance
6. Psychologist Adam Grant explores give, take and match and how it influences workplace dynamics. Are you more of a give or take type?
7. Nancy Duarte shares tips for producing more persuasive presentations and how best to stand in front of an audience and deliver your presentation.
8. Dan Ariely talks about his studies of what motivates us at work and lays out all of these results and what they mean – and it’s more than just money.
Happiness at work
9. What does it mean to be good at stress management? The idea that trying to avoid stress is counterproductive is the first of many helpful ideas championed by Kelly McGonigal.
10. Tell your manager: eliminating long and inflexible working hours is good for the worker and the employer. Here is the case study of Dan Kedmey opposing overtime