TED Business


Every Monday, host Modupe Akinola of Columbia Business School presents the most powerful and surprising ideas that illuminate the business world.

  • 20 minutes 27 seconds
    The problem with being "too nice" at work | Tessa West

    Are you "too nice" at work? Social psychologist Tessa West shares her research on how people attempt to mask anxiety with overly polite feedback — a practice that's more harmful than helpful — and gives three tips to swap generic, unhelpful observations with clear, consistent feedback, even when you feel awkward. After the talk, Modupe shares useful tips on how to share constructive criticism. 

    15 July 2024, 4:00 am
  • 16 minutes 26 seconds
    Why the world needs more builders — and less "us vs. them" | Daniel Lubetzky

    We're programmed to think every issue is binary: "us vs. them." But Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of KIND Snacks, says the real enemy isn't a person but a mindset. He introduces a new initiative that aims to bring together "builders" from around the world to replace extremism with practical problem-solving — and shows how you can join the movement. After the talk, Modupe poses critical questions on what it means to build together. 

    8 July 2024, 4:00 am
  • 10 minutes 54 seconds
    Why the "wrong side of the tracks" is usually the east side of cities | Stephen DeBerry

    What do communities on the social, economic and environmental margins have in common? For one thing, they tend to be on the east sides of cities. In this short talk about a surprising insight, anthropologist and venture capitalist Stephen DeBerry explains how both environmental and man-made factors have led to disparity by design in cities from East Palo Alto, California to East Jerusalem and beyond — and suggests some elegant solutions to fix it.

    1 July 2024, 4:00 am
  • 22 minutes 29 seconds
    5 parenting tips for raising self-reliant kids | Tameka Montgomery

    How do you raise kids to step outside of their comfort zones and unlock their inner potential? This week we're revisiting a talk by mother and business owner Tameka Montgomery who makes the case for cultivating an entrepreneurial outlook at an early age — and offers five strategies for emboldening young minds to embrace opportunities and solve their own problems, no matter the path they choose. After the talk, Modupe shares practical advice on how to give feedback that helps people step out of their comfort zones — and find their inner entrepreneurs. 

    24 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 16 minutes 30 seconds
    The art of persuasive storytelling | Kelly D. Parker

    "Storytelling is one of the most powerful marketing and leadership tools there is," says communications expert Kelly D. Parker. She explains how stories make proposals of all kinds more memorable — and shows how you can craft a compelling narrative to connect, persuade and drive meaningful action. After the talk, Modupe shares how she uses storytelling at work. 

    17 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 11 minutes 52 seconds
    What you can do to stop economic crime | Hanjo Seibert

    It might sound like the plot of a movie, but economic crime is all around us — from drug trafficking and fraud to cybercrimes, tax evasion and more. Economic crime fighter Hanjo Seibert breaks down the complexities of money laundering and how we can all wield our collective power to dismantle the underworld economy and turn off the money tap for criminals.

    10 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 31 minutes 46 seconds
    How to make stress your friend (from A Slight Change of Plans)

    This is an episode of A Slight Change of Plans, a podcast we think you'll enjoy hosted by former TED speaker Maya Shankar. Modupe shares why a simple change in our mindset can turn short-term stress into a helpful resource -- and offers strategies to better understand, and cope with, stress. 

    If you liked this episode, check out A Slight Change of Plans wherever you get your podcasts.

    9 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 13 minutes 58 seconds
    My epic journey becoming the fastest person to paddle around Australia | Bonnie Hancock

    What challenges lie ahead of a staggering 12,700-kilometer paddle around the entire continent of Australia? Crocodiles and sharks were just the beginning, says Ironwoman Bonnie Hancock. Reflecting on her remarkable feat of becoming the fastest person to paddle around Australia, she shares lessons on perseverance, resilience and finding meaning in life's toughest moments. After the talk, Modupe shares tips on how to keep your spirits high when faced with obstacles.

    3 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 17 minutes 6 seconds
    3 money lessons from infamous scam artists | J Mase III

    Scam artists know something about money that you don't — and artist J Mase III is here to shed some light. He shares examples of infamous scams from Elizabeth Holmes's false medical tech promises to Anna "Delvey" Sorokin's fake trust fund, along with three crucial lessons on how money functions for the wealthy, why it flows in the direction it does and how to start spotting scams in your own life. After the talk, Modupe shares what we can learn from scam artists to overcome imposter syndrome. 

    27 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 10 minutes 6 seconds
    A comedian's take on how to save democracy | Jordan Klepper

    Conversation is a battlefield with only one winner. Or is it? Comedian and author Jordan Klepper believes we can get better at talking to each other (and perhaps save democracy) by learning how to lose.

    20 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 13 minutes 38 seconds
    How to live with economic doomsaying | Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak

    Economic crises can and do happen. But for every true crisis, there are many false alarms, says economist Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak. He explains how to live with the media's pervasive economic doomsaying, why we should stop treating financial forecasts like a precise science — and what we should embrace instead. After the talk, Modupe shares why she’s a “rational optimist” about economic narratives — and what "rational optimism" means to her. 

    13 May 2024, 4:00 am
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