Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us

Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us

Imagine you’re a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates — but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.

Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything

Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything

From the EG conference: Productivity guru Tim Ferriss’ fun, encouraging anecdotes show how one simple question — “What’s the worst that could happen?” — is all you need to learn to do anything.

Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership

Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership

We have all changed someone’s life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

An awesome 3minute video on starting a movement & taking leadership.

With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)

Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

We spend so much of our lives working, this is a great insight into what actually makes us feel good about our work.

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.