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.
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!
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.
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)
In this short 5 minute video a Navy Seal talks about emotional control and mental toughness and how it plays part in their Seal training. He explains how emotions play part in mental toughness and why having a purpose is very important when going through the tough moments.
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.