I love watching TED talks.
They are often challenging and thought-provoking and it’s a novel way to get a fresh take on things. TED stands for Technology, Education & Design and was created in 1984 under the guise that an idea is a powerful force.
It’s mission statement reads:
“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other”
For ministry leaders and volunteers, TED talks are a brilliant resource. Very early on a mentor persuaded me that leading involves a consistent call to learn. I’ve found TED talks helpful tools in the learning process.
Here are my Top 5 TED Talks Every Ministry Leader Needs To Watch
1. How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek
This is probably my favorite talk of all time by TED. It would not surprise me if my wife could recite the three concentric circles part of the talk purely by how often I have talked about it at home and in meetings. If you have ever led something that failed to gain traction, have a listen to this excellent talk. In it, Simon Sinek unpacks the difference between what every leader does and what great leaders do by looking at Apple, The Wright Brothers and Martin Luther King.
2. The Power of Vulnerability + Listening to Shame by Brene Brown
For many people, this is the greatest TED talk. It’s funny, personal and thought-provoking. In a world that is struggling with vulnerability and shame, it would be amazing to see the church lead the way.
3. Every Kid Needs A Champion – Rita Pearson
For anyone who works with young people, listening to Pearson is a treat. With 40 years of experience in education, she reminds me a lot of Jesus. My favorite lines is in a conversation she had with a fellow teacher. . Lots to take out of this for leaders of every age group.
Friend: “They don’t pay me to like the kids. They pay me to create the lesson and kids should learn. I teach, kids learn. Case closed”
Rita Pearson: “People don’t learn if they don’t like you”.
4. The Key To Success: Grit – Angela Duckworth
Ministry is a tough slog at the best of times. We do it because we love it, but that doesn’t make it easy. Jesus never said it would be easy. Angela Duckworth argues though, that one variable that difference-makers is grit, a combination of passion and perseverance. Difference-makers are those who have a long-term goal and do not deviate in passion and do not give up.
5. Everyday Leadership – Drew Dudley
Drew Dudley may be the fastest talking man on the planet, but it lets him get a wealth of information through in six minutes. He ask the question: “What if we thought of leadership less of changing the world and more of what we did every single day”. Excellent.
What TED talks have really captivated you?