5 inspiring TED Talks about Corporate Culture

Published on 02-08-2018

TED Talks are a great way to learn from experts about almost any topic. This week, we’ve selected our Top 5 TED Talks about corporate culture, how to create and manage it, why it matters and how it can transform your company. Let’s get inspired!

At CompanyMatch we believe that happy employees are not only more motivated but also work harder. A high cultural fit, thus, contributes to the overall well-being of personal and professional life and increases the employee’s happiness at work. CompanyMatch isn’t alone with this view: Leading experts reveal in their TED talks about how to motivate your employees, why culture matters and how great leaders can make a difference.

1. Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

In his talk, Dan Ariely describes two experiments that display what motivates us at our work. Is it the work itself or the desired outcome that drives us? Is it about meaning or efficiency? According to Dan, we need to strive for creating a culture of acknowledgment and meaning for a more productive, happier workforce.

2. Rainer Strack: The workforce crisis of 2030 — and how to start solving it now

The war for talent is in full pursuit. In his TED talk, Rainer Strack highlights the importance of being able to attract talent in the future. The eye-opener: The top 4 things people are looking for in a job involve corporate culture – compensation only comes in at number 8. Besides that, he also illustrates how technology will affect the workforce and what kind of challenges but also opportunities it will create.

3. Chade-Meng Tan: Everyday compassion at Google

Google is known for its unique corporate culture and outstanding employee experience. Chade-Meng Tan talks about his time at Google, how the company practices compassion in its everyday business. They discovered that organic compassion among every team member not only creates a great working atmosphere but also produces exceptional leaders, allows for autonomy, and lets each team member work on his or her self on a personal level.

But fun is not enough. What if compassion is also profitable? What if compassion is also good for business? Then, every boss, every manager in the world, will want to have compassion — like this. That would create the conditions for world peace. -Chade-Meng Tan

4. Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

In this talk, Dan Pink talks about a study completed by a Princeton scientist that demonstrates how people respond to being motivated and rewarded. The surprising thing: people don’t respond well to the “do this, get this” reward system – surprisingly, financial incentives can actually have a negative impact on overall performance. Instead, he suggests to rely on the following three things: autonomy, mastery and purpose.

5. Catherine Courage: Igniting creativity to transform corporate culture

The number one factor for business success is creativity. Catherine Courage illustrates throughout her talk how creativity can revolutionize your corporate culture, enhance your business performance and how we can unlock our childhood creativity again. This way, we will be able to challenge the status quo and think outside the box once more. Her 3 strategies will transform the way you think about strategies and corporate culture.

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