Workplaces offer some of the most compelling environments for research – group dynamics, personality traits, relationships, emotions and what not. Any work situation can serve as a Pandora’s Box of wisdom. And a great way to glean some of that is to watch TED Talks!

Today, we bring to you some of the most popular TED Talks of 2015, which throw light on the latest workplace trends.

  • Why the best hire may not have the perfect resume’ by Regina Hartley offers a unique perspective for hiring teams – distinguishing between ‘Silver Spoons’ (the ones with pedigree education and highest scores) and ‘Scrappers’ (the ones who may have had different jobs, but show grit). At a time where resumes are key-worded and job descriptions seek super-heroes, this talk is like a lighthouse. Watch the talk to know whom she is making a case for.

  • Why some of us don’t have one true calling is a funny and thoughtful talk by Emilie Wapnick, about the how some us feel a little lost in life when it comes to our work, while some others have a clear idea right from childhood. If you’ve ever been asked “What do you want to do when you grow up?” and didn’t know what to say, you’ll relate to this talk.

  • How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed is a talk by neuroscientist Daniel Levitin. Though it may not directly be in the context of work, we believe it has pertinent information for all of us. After all, with the wide range of stress that each one us experiences, wouldn’t it be great to know how to reduce its effect?

  • Too many rules at work keep you from getting things done is an engaging talk by Yves Morieux, which attempts at undoing our notions about efficiency and productivity. In a world that holds this mode of operation in high esteem, Morieux shares one crucial practice that we often overlook in pursuit of such efficiency. And it’s not one that we are unaware of.

  • How to manage for collective creativity’ is probably the most sought after talk since it got posted in September. Here, Harvard Professor Linda Hill delivers a power-packed talk on how to cultivate creativity. Not just individually, but as a group. And that is gold for organizations, especially when many are constantly striving for innovation. Her basic premise – everyone is creative.

  • How to run a company with (almost) no rules’ – the title says it all. Ricardo Semler is here to make organizations wise. Taking us through his personal journey, Semler delivers a poignant and deep talk, where he shares salient features of what makes his companies work. If you have a similar vision for your workplace, click the link right away!

There probably are many more TED talks worthy of our attention, but we sure know the ones here will give you some food for thought, as we wrap up this year. What are some of your favorites this year? Let us know!

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