15 TED talks that will change your life

Posted by batman on Jul 12th, 2013
2013
Jul 12

Feel like getting inspired, motivated or just looking for a feel-good cry? Then look no further. There’s no better way to start your day than with a fresh cup of coffee and a nice TED talk to make you feel ready to take on your day. TED – which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design – features “ideas worth spreading.” The speaker series launched in 1984, and there are now more than 1,400 TED talks available online.

But don’t feel overwhelmed, we’ve rounded up 15 of the most inspirational, tear-jerking and downright beautiful TED talks out there. So sit back, relax and get ready to listen to some of the most courageous and fascinating people in the world. Each talk is shorter than 30 minutes, so feel free to bookmark for later consumption.

This post unashamedly taken from Mashable – all credit due to the writer. These talks are just really worth listening to.

Jill Bolte Taylor: A Stroke of Insight
Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius
Meg Jay: Why 30 Is Not the New 20
Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation
Deb Roy: The Birth of a Word
Nilofer Merchant: Got a Meeting? Take a Walk
Ken Robinson: Schools Kill Creativity
Elon Musk: The Mind Behind Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity
Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
Andrew Solomon: Love, No Matter What
Bryan Stevenson: We Need to Talk About an Injustice
Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion

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IT Support vs Management

Posted by batman on Feb 27th, 2010
2010
Feb 27

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The woman below replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.

“You must be in IT Support” said the balloonist.

“I am,” replied the woman, “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct, but I’ve no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip.”

The woman below responded, “You must be in Management.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” said the woman, “you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my fault.”

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