I love a good pep talk or inspirational quote (as seen here, here, and here). So it’s no surprise that I love TED Talks! If you’ve never heard of TED, it’s an organization that has conferences (which are recorded!) with interesting and intelligent speakers who share their empowering ideas in 18 minutes or less. I recently watched this TED Talk and it really struck a cord in me. It’s definitely worth the 15 minutes to watch it, so if you’re interested I’ve written a quick synopsis below!
Margaret Heffernan talks about the importance of social capital aka social interactions/friends at work! For companies and organizations to be successful, people need to talk to each other because one or two superstars or “superchics” can’t dominate an organization. Everyone is important and everyone has something they can contribute. One person can come up with an idea and during lunch or a coffee break, can share the idea and people can build on it to make a life-changing innovation. I love that message. In health care we are always taught that we are a team and that everyone on that that team is extremely valuable because each person knows something important that you don’t know. As one of my friends always says, “you can learn something from everyone”. Utilizing this in your job or in daily interactions can help us take the competitive culture of the world and make it an inclusive, friendlier, and much more successful place.
I hope you’re as inspired as I was after watching this TED Talk! Do you have a favorite TED Talk? Comment below, I’d love to watch it!