3 Timeless TED Talks to Inspire Better Teamwork

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Whenever Google refuses to give you straightforward answers on the subject of “How to improve teamwork skills” or “How to achieve better teamwork”, the second most efficient way is to turn to TED Talks. Of course, you can always use the Weekdone Academy resources to find the best practices and tips to make teamwork better, but there’s such a great pool of resources out there to find your answer.

No matter what you turn to, I would personally advise watching one of these short motivational clips whenever you hit a brick wall. They have an amazing power to boost motivation and plant the small seeds of inspiration in your mind.

By working with thousands of customers on all continents using our Weekdone weekly planning and quarterly OKR goal-setting software, we’ve found some topics that all teams and leaders share.

While running against time, it’s quite difficult to spot the timeless classics you can watch. As TED ideas spread like wildfire, covering almost all topics from science to business to global issues, we’ve put together 3 inspiring TED Talks you should add to your ‘to watch’ list. These are great reminders on how to create more efficient teamwork.

3 Ted Talks Inspiring Better Teamwork

1. Tom Wujec’s TED Talk on “Build a tower, build a team” 

Investing deep research into team-building exercises, Tom Wujec discusses why certain groups beat the average.

There’s a simple team-building exercise featuring spaghetti, some tape, and a marshmallow that can help you with your team. The worst performers of this exercise are actually recent graduates of business schools. On the other hand, some of the best are in kindergarten! We can learn a lot from children when working on teamwork. Watch yourself:

2. Simon Sinek’s TED Talk on “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”

Teamwork is all about working together with a group of people to achieve a goal. This can be referred to as turning Objectives into results. In order to inspire better teamwork, you need to inspire people to act by starting with the golden question, “why?”.

In this TED Talk, Simon Sinek introduces a simple, yet immensely powerful model for inspirational leadership. After having watched and analyzed successful leaders and politicians, he discovered a remarkable pattern in the way these people think, act, and communicate. He sums up his discoveries in the Golden Circle, which he defines as a naturally occurring pattern on why we are inspired by some people over others.

What is your why?

3. Dan Pink’s TED Talk on “The Puzzle of Motivation”

It’s no secret that having more efficient teamwork includes motivating your team. This is an important task that falls on the shoulders of team leaders. Here’s where Dan Pink jumps in and offers some great insights into the puzzle of motivation. He states that there is a considerable distance between what science knows and what business leaders can do.

What are these differences? Are traditional rewards as effective as we think? Find out:

Inspiring Better Teamwork with Team Building

Want to inspire better team collaboration and teamwork? Team building activities are a proven way of doing so. By getting your colleagues to work together and get to know each other in a non-work-focused setting, you can help build bonds between employees which will carry-over to their work relationships.

Here are a few popular team building activities you can try out with your team:

  1. Virtual Team Building Activities:
    1. Virtual Escape Room
    2. Virtual Team Building Competitions
    3. Virtual Clue Murder Mystery
    4. Virtual Do-Good Games
  2. In-Person Team Building Activities:
    1. Charity Bike Build-a-thon
    2. The Escape Game Team Building
    3. Painting Parties with your Team
    4. Corporate Castaways

Final Thoughts

These TED Talks and team building suggestions are great ways to inspire better teamwork. But, these stepping stones don’t tell you exactly how your team is performing. These ideas should be coupled with a team management software in order to find the exact route(s) to success.

You should keep up with their Progress, Plans, and Problems. These enable you to jump in and motivate those around you when things go off-road.

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