TED Video: “Lead Like the Great Conductors”

With humor and poignancy, this TED Video could be a leader development session by itself. Conductor and business consultant Itay Talgam shares the varying styles of great symphony conductors, revealing lessons on organizational behavior, emotional intelligence, leadership styles, and many others.

Watch this video with your team and keep the following questions in mind for discussion:

  • What do Talgam’s points have to do with the conduct of military mission command?
  • How do the conductors set boundaries and conditions for the orchestra?
  • What role does emotional intelligence have in leadership?
  • How do great leaders respond to change? What about setbacks or failure?
  • What inspiration should the leader provide for the team? Does it depend on the type and talent of the team?

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TED Talk: “Why good leaders make you feel safe”

“In the military, they give medals to people who sacrifice themselves so that others may gain…and in business, we give bonuses to people who are willing to sacrifice others so that we may gain.”

Simon Sinek gives another poignant and enlightening leadership talk at TED. In this March 2014 talk, he describes how the best leaders shape their organization’s culture to develop trust.

“If you had hard times in your family, would you ever consider laying-off one of your children? You would never do it…then why do we consider laying off people inside our organization?”

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Video: TED Talk – The Impact of Leadership

“As long as we make leadership bigger than us, as long as we keep leadership beyond us, as long as we make it about changing the world…we give ourselves an excuse not to expect it everyday from ourselves and from each other.”
Drew Dudley

“Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate…our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light and not our darkness, that frightens us.”
Mary Ann Williamson

In the majority of the time that military units aren’t specifically training to win wars, we spend our time trying to make the unit and its people better. We do this through organizational policies and decisions…and we do it by personally influencing people.

This short TED video reminds us that our influence and our impact on others is deeper than we realize…or give ourselves credit for. All leadership boils down to making people better, and the nature of our profession gives military leaders significant power to do that.

Video: A New Look at Rewards and Motivation (TED – Dan Pink)

TED – Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation. Here is an illuminating talk that challenges the way we view rewards and performance.

– The promise of reward only works when performing basic or mechanical tasks.
– Reward actually impairs performance of even rudimentary cognitive tasks and stems creativity.
– Members perform best when they are given Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.

What place does Autonomy have in military organizations?
When do you incorporate rewards when leading your team?