Thoughts From A TED Talk Addict


READ TIME: 1m 15s | WATCH TIME: 20m 51s | LISTEN TIME: 15m 13s

It would be fair to say I’m a TED talk fan. I watch them. I share them. I watch some more. I laugh, cry, think ‘Damn, I wish I’d thought of that’, am fascinated, inspired and filled up by the extraordinary capacity of human beings to do extraordinary and important things.

This will be a place where I’ll share some favourites.

Like this one for example, one that I often share with clients reflecting on their leadership style, stimulating some thinking about the range of ways as a leader (some more preferable than others) that you lead people to do what you need them to do, at the standard you need them to do it, when you need them to do it, whilst working together effectively in the process.

I especially love the Bernstein moment at the end. I grew up playing a lot of music and at a time when I also had a thing about Wham and Jackie magazine, I also had a thing (still have) about Leonard Bernstein. I remember when he died it was the first time I had cried at the death of someone I didn’t know.

As well as the music he wrote, there was something about the sound, energy and emotion he drew from an orchestra that was extraordinary. I often wondered what it would be like to be in his rehearsal room. 

I love the insight we get from this talk, not just into the world of conducting an orchestra, and how much we can learn from it, but that we finish by learning from the master himself, how having created the conditions for everyone thriving together you can step back and smile at the results. I have watched and shared this talk hundreds of times, and it still gets me every time.

p.s. Here are a couple of gifts from the great man:

For energy - Candide Overture. This was a huge favourite of mine when I used to play in orchestras in my youth, and I defy anyone to watch this without smiling!

For whatever emotion it brings to you – tissue at the ready, Barber’s Adagio for Strings.