Seven TED Talks Every Organizational Data Leader Should Watch

Carol McNerney
January 29, 2020
Seven TED Talks Every Organizational Data Leader Should Watch

Most forward-thinking organizations are those with data leaders who are always on the hunt for new ideas – and new ways to operationalize them. As Keith Kohl, SVP Product Management at IBI explains: “To lead is to learn, and that’s especially true in a field as fast-changing as data and analytics.” Here are seven TED Talks sure to expand any data leader’s skill set.

1. If You’re Serious About Making Change Happen…

 

If you think digitizing a company is difficult, imagine digitizing a country. Branding expert Anna Piperal knows this first-hand, having lived through the electronic rebuilding of her country, Estonia. Many of the macro principles in her story will resonate on a smaller scale for those entrusted with making enterprise-wide changes. (Length: 13:45)

2. If Your Biggest Challenge Is Selling Change…

 

Too often the tallest hurdles to transformative progress at the organizational level are internal stakeholders – be they bosses, peers or subordinates. In this twist on the art of persuasion, author Jia Jang immerses himself in rejection to learn how to get from no to yes. (Length: 15:24)

3. If You’re a Skeptic at Heart…

 

Before you implement the latest artificial intelligence into your systems, it’s crucial to drill down into the biases that might lurk beneath. Technologist Kriti Sharma explains how to spot signs that your current programs are exhibiting such hidden leanings, and how to address them. (Length: 12:02)

4. If You’re a Cynic at Heart…

 

Join data journalist Mona Chalabi as she takes you on a quick, funny, and insightful examination into the ways numbers lie, mislead, or generally obfuscate. (Length: 11:37)

5. If You Want to Be a Better Leader…

 

Writer and surgeon Atul Gawande argues that you shouldn’t stop depending on coaches as soon as you quit Little League or piano lessons. Anyone’s career can be improved by connecting with a mentor. Similarly, any subordinate can be coached up. (Length: 16:38)

6. If You Just Want to Geek Out…

 

Dive into the backstory of the electronic spreadsheet with its creator, Dan Bricklin. You’ll be inspired and entertained to see how far we’ve come, and curious on how far we can go beyond dashboards, charts, graphs and the beloved pivot table. (Length: 11:52)

7. If You Need a Reminder to Put the User First…

 

Comedian and speaker James Veitch's short talk is a cautionary tale about what happens when you don’t keep the customer experience at the forefront of your digital plans. (Length: 7:33)

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