10 Feb

Atrendia Friday Video 38: Two reasons companies fail and how to avoid them

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In this TED talk Knut Haanaes aims to explain the difference between “exploiting” thinking and “exploratory” thinking and how you must strike a balance between the two in order to run a successful business. Ending his talk, he lays out four suggestions to have not only a better professional life, but also a better personal one.

Duration: 11:00

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27 Jan

Atrendia Friday Video 37: How to start a movement

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Derek Sivers, in this humorous short TED talk video, aims to explain how movements begin, and especially how leaders should treat and cultivate their first few followers.

Duration: 3:02

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13 Jan

Atrendia Friday Video 36: Why good leaders make you feel safe

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Simon-Sinek

In this TED talk video, Simon Sinek tries to connect how military leaders are willing to sacrifice themselves for their subordinates but how ordinary business leaders are not known for this quality. In a compelling way, he explores how leaders should prioritize its people, not the financials.

Duration: 11:59

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24 May

Atrendia Friday Video 19 – Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

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Many thanks to our client, Mitch Sowards, from www.entrust.us.com (Managed IT Services in Texas), for providing this Friday’s fabulously entertaining video. 

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

Shawn Achor

Duration: 12:21

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22 Mar

Atrendia Friday Video 16 – Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

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This TED video is a fun quickie.  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.

The trick is to decide what you’re 30-day challenge is right after you view the video.  DO IT!

In case you’re wondering, my next 30-day challenge is: to study Spanish for 30 minutes every day including weekends for the next 30 days.  Let’s see how that goes.

Matt Cutts

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Duration: 3:29

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15 Mar

Atrendia Friday Video 15 – Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile

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When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.

In this TED video, ChiChip Conley debates not the act of measuring but what we measure.  The intangible or “soft” areas are, it seems from the large number of TED videos that broach this subject, taking the limelight in contemporary leadership.

So much time is spent on the bottom denominator without enough attention to the numerator.

The Happiness Equation

Chip ends the video with an important message: “We count numbers.  We count on people. What really counts is actually when we use our numbers to truly take into account our people.”

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Duration: 17:40

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08 Mar

Atrendia Friday Video 14 – Jason Fried: Why Work Doesn’t Happen At Work

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Last week, Yahoo!, CEO Marissa Mayer, sent out a memo (directive) intended to stifle Yahoo! employees’ ability to work from home. She effectively put an end to telecommuting for all Yahoo! employees.

Interesting. In one memo, in almost silent desperation, Mayer tries to close the lid on an unstoppable movement called the future of work.

In this Ted Video, Jason Fried takes the opposite stance: that the office isn’t a good place to do work. In his talk, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work.

Jason Fried

Perhaps it’s not about being a polemic.  Clearly there are times when being at the office is important, but in these days of high-speed networks, video-conferencing, Skype and what have you, working from a home office can be much more productive than working in a landscape situation where you have to find refuge in an empty office or conference room every time you have an important phone call. You decide – that is if you don’t Work for Mayer…

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Duration: 15:21

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15 Feb

Atrendia Friday Video 11 – Itay Talgam – Lead like the great conductors

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I LOVE this Ted video.  Many of you know that before becoming a consultant I conducted symphony orchestras, and it is from this musical tradition that I received most of my leadership skills and philosophy.  Itay Talgam perfectly captures the various ways that conductors lead musicians (employees) and he deftly illustrates how different forms of leadership impact the orchestra (your business).

Carlos Kleiber, in my estimation the greatest conductor who ever mounted a podium, is featured; as is Leonard Bernstein.  I had the great pleasure of meeting Maestro Bernstein once, but not in a way you might expect.  I brought him room service (working as a waiter while in graduate school) the year before he died.  Black coffee and cinnamon toast before his concert. I was actually a waiter in the main dining hall, so I had to bribe the room service waiter with five dollars.  I still have the order with Bernstein’s signature.

Itay Talgam

Duration: 20:52

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18 Jan

Atrendia Friday Video 7 – Dan Ariely: Predictably Irrational

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In this TED video behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we’re not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

Dan Ariely

It’s become increasingly obvious that the dismal science of economics is not as firmly grounded in actual behavior as was once supposed. In “Predictably Irrational,” Dan Ariely tells us why.

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Duration: 17:22

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11 Jan

Atrendia Friday Video 6 – Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action – on TED

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In this TED video Simon Sinek explains why people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?”  His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright Brothers.

Duration: 18:05

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