From hero to zero – when leaders turn bad: Manfred Kets de Vries

Ted Talks is a non profit that gives are specialists in their field a stage and talk about their self-chosen topic. Topics range from psychology, nutrition, science, leadership, etc. Manfred is a psycho-analyst that does a lot of executive coaching. In his talk he talks about the pitfalls of leadership and how to become an authentic (and effective) leader. Manfred explains that many leaders struggle because of the power they receive. Their ego grows, people around them say what they want while at the same time they start listening less to others. To avoid becoming a leader like this he proposes in trying to be an authentic leader that fights narcissism and hubris. Get to know yourself and ask what meaning and legacy you want to leave behind he suggests. His advice? Improve emotional intelligence, stimulate your creativity, and create a culture of honesty and listeners.

Mind Fitness: How Meditation Boosts Your Focus, Resilience, and Brain (Video)

Big Think aims to help you move above and beyond random information, toward real knowledge, offering big ideas from fields outside your own that you can apply toward the questions and challenges in your own life. Have you, like me, heard about meditation a million times? And does it feel like everyone around you is doing it, yet you might not be convinced? This short 8 minute video gives more scientific consequences of meditation. Psychologist Daniel Coleman explains the behavioral, cognitive, and neuroscientific changes long-term meditators go through. Coleman goes further and talks about improving resilience, minimizing mindwandering and more.

Still not convinced? If you’re like me and  want more scientific proof on the benefits of breathing exercises (which is probably the main focus when meditating) then perhaps you like this video. Here Neuroscientist Alan Watkins talks about Heart Rate Variability and how breathing exercises can improve resilience, strengthen your heart, help your digestive system, and more!

Dr Alan Watkins; Being Brilliant Every Single Day (Video)

Ted speakers are specialists in their field and talk about their specific topic. Topics range from psychology, nutrition, science, leadership, etc. Executive coach and neuroscientist, Dr. Watkins, talks about how to perform at your best every single day by training consistent breathing. Watkins brakes down how to understand your consistent performance: to change performance you have to change behavior, which influences your thinking, which is dependent on your feelings, which is a reaction from emotions, and emotions come from your physiology. So you have to become aware and control your physiology which is possible when controlling your heartbeat and thus your breath.

How To Strengthen Your Mind, Body, and Spirit Like a Navy Seal (Video)

Big Think  aims to help you move above and beyond random information, toward real knowledge, offering big ideas from fields outside your own that you can apply toward the questions and challenges in your own life. This video you will hear from David Goggins, former Army Ranger and Navy Seal, who believes that to grow one person must be look to put him or herself in uncomfortable situations on a consistent basis. Goggins tells his story of when he experienced when the mind, body, and spirit were at one as he finished a 100 mile race.  

Ray Dalio’s 5 Most Valuable Principles (Video)

Ray Dalio is the Founder and CEO of the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates and is widely seen as the most successful investor in the industry. Recently Dalio published a book called “Principles” which he believes “are ways of successfully dealing with reality to get what you want out of life”. In this video he describes one of his 5 most valuable principles, recognize your two barriers, that he has used in his life (understand your ego barrier and your blind spot barrier)

The Art of Learning (Video)

Google puts all of the world’s most influential thinkers, creators, makers and doers in the same room, so you could hear what they have to say. Talks at Google is created for you to find out what drives them and how they make our world a better place. In this talk, Josh Waitzkin, chess champion and world champion martial artist, talks about his book the art of learning and how it relates to all fields/specialties. Some of the topics he speaks on are how he has seen that patterns in life have transpired in his chess or thai chi (thematic interconnectiveness), talks about the influence of losses on him, how teachers/educators/coaches should operate, how your character should come out in your art/sport/work, and more.

Josh Waitzkin and Adam Robinson (Video)

The Alan Howard Foundation features conversations, talks and entertainment delivered by leaders and experts in their respective fields who can provide a unique insight into their chosen topics. This video is of chess champion and master of martial arts Josh Waitzkin, he talks about how to excel your growth curve. Later in the interview expert Performance psychologist Dr. Leag Lagos who talks about the benefits of Heart Rate Variability (HRV). Some of the topics Waitzkin discusses in his interview is the ability to unlearn and then learn, how to get and stay in the flow, thematic interconnectedness (world is connected through principles and themes), using heart rate variability for maximum performance, and pushing boundaries to reach new limits. A theory discussed in this video is the incremental theory of intelligence (versus fixed intelligence): habit creation, feedback loop, deliberate practice based on observing. 

Tim Ferriss; Why you should define your fears instead of your goals (video)

This TED Talk is from Tim Ferriss, successful investor and author. In his talk Tim talks about stoicism, how it not only saved his life but helped him gain the success he has today. He explains why it is more helpful to write down your fears rather than your goals. During his talk he will provide a template that everyone can follow which he claims to have had a life-changing impact on himself. While explaining stoicism Tim provides real-life examples of how it made him think differently.

Greg Popovic; Spurs Philosophy System (Video)

Greg Popovic is the Coach for the NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs and here he speaks to other coaches about the culture and system he has (successfully) run at his organization. Some of the topic Popovic talks about is the balance between talent and character in the players he recruits, importance of honesty with his staff and players, humility that is taught and lived by from players and staff, appreciation of his staff, and more.