Friday, May 14, 2021

Women and girls, you are part of the climate solution | Rumaitha Al Busaidi


What does gender equality have to do with climate change? A lot more than you might think. Empowering women and girls around the world is one of the most important ways to combat carbon pollution and is projected to reduce CO2-equivalent gases by a total of 80 billion tons. Entrepreneur, scientist and TED Fellow Rumaitha Al Busaidi looks at why women are more likely to be impacted and displaced by climate catastrophes -- and explains why access to education, employment and family planning for all women and girls is the key to our climate future.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

How to lead in a crisis | The Way We Work, a TED series


Humility, transparency, and urgency are the keys to successfully steering an organization -- big or small -- through the challenges that come your way. Leadership expert Amy C. Edmondson provides clear advice and examples to help any leader rise to the occasion.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

The keys to a great conversation | Celeste Headlee


A clip from Celeste Headlee's TED Talk "10 ways to have a better conversation" from TEDxCreativeCoast 2015

When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity, and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares useful rules for having better conversations. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The strongest predictor for success | Angela Lee Duckworth


A clip from Angela Lee Duckworth's TED Talk "Grit: the power of passion and perseverance"

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Believing In Yourself And Your Own Power



"We have all a better guide in ourselves,
if we would attend to it,
than any other person can be."

-- Jane Austen


Believing in ourselves, and in our own wisdom to guide our own lives, even ignoring or discounting what others tell us makes all the difference in how we flow through life and in our work.

I love how Jane says it so well. Swami Vivekananda takes it a step or two further in saying, "If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished." Another author, e. e. cummings fills in some color by saying, "Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit."

I've seen firsthand what that calm, confidence looks and acts like, and it is rather like even forgetting oneself because the confidence level is such that there is no need to focus there; almost as if it is a given. Joseph Campbell captured that thought this way: "When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness."

And, one more empowering thought for you this day from Thomas A. Edison:

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."