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Whatever your business conundrum, there’s a TED Talk for that—whether you want to learn how to land that promotion, set smart goals, undo injustice at work, or unlock the next big innovation. Every Monday, host Modupe Akinola of Columbia Business School presents the most powerful and surprising ideas that illuminate the business world. After the talk, you'll get a mini-lesson from Modupe on how to apply the ideas in your own life. Because business evolves every day, and our ideas about it should, too.

Whatever your business conundrum, there’s a TED Talk for that—whether you want to learn how to land that promotion, set smart goals, undo injustice at work, or unlock the next big innovation. Every Monday, host Modupe Akinola of Columbia Business School presents the most powerful and surprising ideas that illuminate the business world. After the talk, you'll get a mini-lesson from Modupe on how to apply the ideas in your own life. Because business evolves every day, and our ideas about it should, too.

 

#61

Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi

Today, a trailer from Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi, a new TED Original podcast. ​​Everyone wants to know if they're normal. Is my body normal, is my brain normal, are my feelings normal? When it comes to defining “normal,” data journalist Mona Chalabi isn’t interested in averages: she goes beyond the spreadsheet and digs into the deviations, talking to experts, strangers (even her Mum!) to see the bigger picture. Along the way, she will tackle urgent, random and sometimes deeply personal questions: How long does it take to heal from heartbreak? How many friends should I have? What makes “good” sperm? And does normal even exist? Subscribe to Am I Normal? wherever you're listening to this. ... Read more

18 Oct 2021

02 MINS

02:58

18 Oct 2021


#60

How to let go of being a "good" person | Dolly Chugh

What if your attachment to being a "good" person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person? In this accessible talk, social psychologist Dolly Chugh explains the puzzling psychology of ethical behavior -- like why it's hard to spot your biases and acknowledge mistakes – and shows how the path to becoming better starts with owning your mistakes. After the talk, Modupe and Dolly give examples from their own lives of what it means to break down defenses, and be truly "good-ish." ... Read more

11 Oct 2021

21 MINS

21:29

11 Oct 2021


#59

Why gender-based marketing is bad for business | Gaby Barrios

Companies often target consumers based on gender, but this kind of advertising shortcut doesn't just perpetuate outdated stereotypes -- it's also bad for business, says marketing expert Gaby Barrios. In this clear, actionable talk, she explains why gender-based marketing doesn't drive business nearly as much as you might think -- and shows how companies can find better ways to reach customers and grow their brands. After the talk, Modupe discusses why labeling and categorizing consumers in any way will negatively impact marketing strategy. ... Read more

04 Oct 2021

14 MINS

14:06

04 Oct 2021


#58

Has Apple Peaked? Plus, Celebrities Changing Hollywood

It's been 10 years since the death of Steve Jobs. Has Apple peaked after 10 years of Tim Cook's leadership, or is the best yet to come? Harvard Business School professors Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Mihir A. Desai debate the prospects for Apple -- and discuss the celebrities changing the way Hollywood does business, including Reese Witherspoon, Rihanna and more. After Hours is another member of the TED Audio Collective. For new episodes every week, follow After Hours wherever you get your podcasts. ... Read more

27 Sep 2021

42 MINS

42:20

27 Sep 2021


#57

The case for coops | Anu Puusa

Think capitalism is broken? Try cooperativism, says co-op enthusiast and researcher Anu Puusa. She lays out how cooperatives -- businesses owned, operated and controlled by their members -- can both make money and have a positive impact on the environment and local communities. With co-ops, Puusa says, doing good business and doing good at the same time becomes possible. After the talk, Modupe offers suggestions for listeners who are interested in participating in cooperativism. ... Read more

20 Sep 2021

16 MINS

16:37

20 Sep 2021


#56

Dignity isn't a privilege, it's a worker's right | Abigail Disney

What's the purpose of a company? In this bold talk, activist and filmmaker Abigail Disney imagines a world where companies have a moral obligation to place their workers above shareholders, calling on Disney (and all corporations) to offer respect, dignity and a living wage to everyone who works for them. After the talk, Modupe offers ideas for CEOS on how they can work collectively to treat workers better. ... Read more

13 Sep 2021

15 MINS

15:03

13 Sep 2021


#55

How to come out at work, about anything | Micah Eames

When TED media communications associate Micah Eames came out as trans at work, he quickly realized he'd need to start having tricky conversations with coworkers. Here's his advice for how you can open up about your identity at work, and what your colleagues can do to help. After the talk, Modupe provides tips on what employers can do to foster more supportive environments for their workers. ... Read more

06 Sep 2021

12 MINS

12:37

06 Sep 2021


#54

Why you should get paid for your data | Jennifer Zhu Scott

The world's most valuable tech companies profit from the personal data you generate. So why aren't you getting paid for it? In this eye-opening talk, entrepreneur and technologist Jennifer Zhu Scott makes the case for private data ownership—which would empower you to donate, destroy or sell your data as you see fit—and shows how this growing movement could put power (and cash) back into the hands of people. ... Read more

30 Aug 2021

14 MINS

14:51

30 Aug 2021


#53

Bonus: Financial Inclusion and Limits of a Cashless System | Ajay Banga

Roughly two billion people worldwide don't have access to banks or financial services like credit, insurance and investment. How do we bridge this divide? Former Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga sits down with TED current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers to discuss how innovative public-private partnerships can help bring everyone into the digital economy -- and why we’re not ready for a totally cashless system. ... Read more

23 Aug 2021

17 MINS

17:13

23 Aug 2021


#52

The Brain Boosting Benefits of Exercise | Wendy Suzuki

What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your focus, memory, and mood — which can make you better at your job. After the talk, Modupe explains a clever way to trick yourself into getting more exercise. ... Read more

16 Aug 2021

16 MINS

16:22

16 Aug 2021


#51

Encore: Train Yourself to Shine under Stress | Russell Wilson

Athletes train their bodies to run faster, jump higher, throw farther. So why don't they train their minds, too? Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the highest paid player in the NFL, shares how “neutral thinking” helps him handle high pressure situations, on and off the field. After the talk, Modupe examines how we can use stress to our advantage. ... Read more

09 Aug 2021

13 MINS

13:47

09 Aug 2021


#50

Encore: How to Build (And Rebuild) Trust | Frances Frei

Trust is the foundation for everything we do. So what do we do when it's broken? Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei gives a crash course on the three essential components of trust, and how to build them — a process she put to use during a stint at Uber. Plus, Modupe explains how to apply those principles of trust with Black colleagues and others in the minority. ... Read more

02 Aug 2021

26 MINS

26:45

02 Aug 2021


#49

When Your Job Makes You a Target of Online Hate | Dylan Marron

Digital creator Dylan Marron has racked up millions of views for projects like "Every Single Word" and "Sitting in Bathrooms With Trans People"—but he's found that the flip side of internet success is internet hate. Over time, he developed an unexpected response that actually builds empathy on both sides: calling the people who leave him insensitive comments and asking: "Why did you write that?" After the talk, Modupe recounts her own experience with online hate, and offers her take on how to deal with angry outbursts online or in person. ... Read more

26 Jul 2021

15 MINS

15:04

26 Jul 2021


#48

The Rise of the Ghost Economy | Mary L. Gray

There is an invisible, on-demand workforce of gig workers who fuel services offered by digital platforms like Google, Amazon, Uber and Microsoft. In this episode, we hear from researcher Mary L. Gray who says this kind of work—possible through the magic of AI and APIs—is becoming more common, and for good reason. It typically offers flexibility for workers and cost savings for businesses. The only problem? We might need to revamp our entire social safety net to support a workforce of free agents. ... Read more

19 Jul 2021

13 MINS

13:01

19 Jul 2021


#47

The dirty secret of capitalism | Nick Hanauer

Rising inequality and growing political instability are the direct result of decades of bad economic theory, says entrepreneur Nick Hanauer. In a visionary talk, he dismantles the mantra that "greed is good"—an idea he describes as not only morally corrosive, but also scientifically wrong—and lays out a new theory of economics powered by reciprocity and cooperation. No lesson this week as we prepare for the new season, but we'll be back again soon. ... Read more

12 Jul 2021

16 MINS

16:33

12 Jul 2021


#46

4 myths about doing business in Africa | Nomava Zanazo

We’re taking some time off while we prepare for our next season. In the meantime, this bonus episode amplifies an important call to brands who do business in Africa. Emerging markets expert Nomava Zanazo says many international companies underestimate their African customers and make costly assumptions about their diversity, preferences and buying power. Sharing the basics about what companies need to know to succeed on the continent, Zanazo debunks four myths and misunderstandings about Africa and its citizens—and invites businesses from overseas to share in its wealth ... once they've done their research. ... Read more

05 Jul 2021

12 MINS

12:37

05 Jul 2021


#45

The TED Interview: What it really takes to make change | Jacqueline Novogratz

We’re taking a few weeks off while we prepare the next season. So in the meantime, we’re sharing another episode from the TED Audio Collective that we thought you, of all people, might enjoy. It’s from The TED Interview, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson. From the strikes that transformed the world's view on climate change to the marches that demanded equity and justice for Black lives, there has been a new awakening of people passionate about creating change. As founder and CEO of Acumen, Jacqueline Novogratz decided early on to dedicate her life's work to doing just that. In this episode, Chris talks to Jacqueline (who he also happens to be married to) about the wisdom she gained from abandoning a lucrative career as a banker to start a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating global poverty, and the moral imagination -- and difficult tradeoffs -- she believes are necessary to make a transformative impact on the world. ... Read more

28 Jun 2021

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:27

28 Jun 2021


#44

The TED Interview: How to turn grit into a lifelong habit | Angela Duckworth

We’re taking a few weeks off while we prepare the next season. So in the meantime, we’re sharing another episode from the TED Audio Collective that we thought you, of all people, might enjoy. It’s from The TED Interview, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson. What does it take to persevere and succeed, not just in our careers but in all aspects of our lives? For psychologist Angela Duckworth, the answer can be summed up in one concept: grit. She explains the ingredients in grit and the experiences that make one person persist where another gives up—and offers concrete steps to instill grit early in life and sustain it. If you like what you hear, check out the full season of The TED Interview wherever you’re listening to this. ... Read more

21 Jun 2021

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:35

21 Jun 2021


#43

Healthier relationships...at work Pt. 2 | Katie Hood

We all know relationships are hard to manage. And our work relationships—tangled with power, status and interdependence—are no exception. Last week, we heard a talk from Katie Hood. Katie is the CEO of One Love, an organization that teaches students around the world about the signs of healthy and unhealthy love. She also has a long background in business. So in this episode, Katie and Modupe dig deep into what it takes to build healthier relationships at work. ... Read more

14 Jun 2021

24 MINS

24:45

14 Jun 2021


#42

Zigzag | 6. The Timeline

On the final episode of The ZigZag Project, activist Stacey Abrams explains her short-term strategies for sticking to her long-term goals and Manoush shares data from surveying thousands of listeners about making a big career change. The project wraps up with one last assignment and Manoush’s favorite messages from listeners. It’s a tear jerker. The ZigZag Project is six steps (and episodes) to help you map out a path that aligns your personal values with your professional ambitions. Think of it as a RESET for your career or business. For more ZigZag, find and follow the podcast wherever you're listening to this. For the assignments, survey, newsletter and more, head to [ZigZagPod.com] (https://zigzagpod.com/) ... Read more

11 Jun 2021

27 MINS

27:08

11 Jun 2021


#41

Healthier relationships...at work Pt. 1 | Katie Hood

Friends, family, and yes, colleagues. We all know relationships are hard to manage, and our work relationships – tangled with power, status and interdependence – are no exception. In this two-part episode, we’ll hear a talk from Katie Hood. Katie is the CEO of One Love, an organization that teaches students around the world about the signs of healthy and unhealthy love. She also has a long background in business, and went to business school with Modupe back in the day. So this week and next, they’ll dig deep into what it takes to build healthier relationships, personal and professional. ... Read more

07 Jun 2021

12 MINS

12:50

07 Jun 2021