10 Exceptional TED Talks on Management Skills To Watch Now!

I am still learning management

Often finding valuable management and leadership lessons to improve ourselves can take a lot of time and effort. Time and effort that is considerable with no guarantee of success. We understand the need for self-improvement, however the plethora of information out there can make it difficult to see the wood from the trees.


Searching for valuable take aways can take us away from other things. It is hard to be inspired and difficult to find the right content that will be valuable to us. Normally these searches are carried out on a lunchtime when we should be reflecting or recharging our batteries.

However Personal Development is vitally important. And there is a medium that can help us gain valuable insights into leadership. Featuring talks from amazingly brilliant individuals from across the globe, TED Talks cover every subject on this earth and beyond!  Inspiring and engaging speakers make their points in entertaining and inspiring ways.

So to help you grab some quick ideas on the go and learn something new about Leadership and how to work smarter, I’ve compiled 10 of my favorite SHORT TED talks. Each one is less than 5 minutes and you can Watch them and refer to them whenever you have a couple of minutes spare.

Just bookmark this page and come back to them again and again.

You’ll even have time to have lunch.

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1) – Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk

Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a “walking meeting” — and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.

A great management leadership training idea to help you not only find new ways of working, but to help with your mental health and mindfulness. Great for personal development.

2) – Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep

Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night’s sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness and smarter decision-making.

Learn this great management training tip that Arianna through coaching shares with us.


3) – Matt Cutts Try something new for 30 days

Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Personal development in extreme! This really makes you think!


4) – Simon Sinek: on Leadership

We would never fire our children or suspend our parents—so why do we readily adopt that practice when it comes to managing employees in the business sector?

Management is about treating your people like family is the message here, leadership skills and coaching from Simon.

5) – Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself

After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone — but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.

This one will get you thinking! Which side of the fence do you sit on?


6) – Mike Vardy: How to Stop Time

Writer, speaker, podcaster, and ‘productivityist,’ Mike Vardy has been busy writing about personal productivity and time/task management for five years.

Leadership skills through coaching by people who have achieved great things never get old. Beating procrastination is a great training tip.


7) – Richard St. John: “Success is a continuous journey”

Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business’ rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson — when we stop trying, we fail.

Coaching from Richard St. John through his leadership development style teases out an idea or three every time!


8) – Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different? 

“There’s a flip side to everything,” the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.

Personal development and leadership training can help us learn that people see things differently. Its an old idea, told a new way and a lesson we should be coaching our people and teams.


9) – Neel Deshpande:The fundamentals of procrastination

“The Fundamentals of Procrastination” is a talk about ways to combat procrastination in your everyday life; a quick tips and tricks guide to making your day-to-day business much more efficient.

Great training tips here, good to learn and can help reduce stress. Use it as a part of your mindfulness training.

10) – Richard St. John Secrets of success in 8 words, 3 minutes

Why do people succeed? Is it because they’re smart, or are they just lucky? Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute presentation on the real secrets of success.

My favorite of the ten. Talking about coaching, leadership skills, personal development and training tips in 3 minutes is a fantastic feet in itself. Ideas will flow and you shall learn!


Each of these snack bite sized TED Talks provide personal development tools and enable our ability to learn in small take aways. Different ways to learn keeps us interested and all types of learning should be integrated into your Personal Improvement Plan for you future Growth and Development.

Which TED Talk is most inspiring to you? Do you have any other favorites not already on this list?



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