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A spinal cord injury can sever the communication between your brain and your body, leading to paralysis. Fresh from his lab, Grégoire Courtine shows a new method -- combining drugs, electrical stimulation and a robot -- that could re-awaken the neural pathways and help the body learn again to move on its own.
http://www.ted.com Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. At TEDxMidwest he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work.
Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, CARRY ON, WARRIOR, founder of http://www.momastery.com, and creator of http://www.monkeeseemonkeedo.org. Glennon believes that life is equal parts beautiful and brutal, and writes about the "brutiful" she finds in marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction and recovery.
Scott Geller is Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality.
http://www.ted.com 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.
http://www.ted.com Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.
http://www.ted.com Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love -- and people who had just been dumped.
Best selling author and behavioral economics professor Dan Ariely delves into the essence of human motivation. His clever yet brilliantly simple experiments uncover universal truths about human irrationality and increasing motivation. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
Motivational speaker Croix Sather presenting "Do the Impossible" inspirational speech at TEDx Calico Canyon in Las Vegas. Croix tells the story of his run across America and how he was able to push through the pain and challenges of running a marathon and a keynote speech each day for 100 consecutive days.
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
http://www.ted.com Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
A great TED talk by Patti Dobrowolski on planning your future.
http://www.ted.com What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Buddhist monk, photographer and author Matthieu Ricard has devoted his life to these questions, and his answer is influenced by his faith as well as by his scientific turn of mind: We can train our minds in habits of happiness.
http://www.ted.com Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, journeying through her childhood and family history and into the worlds of physics and chance, looking for hints of where her own creativity comes from. It's a wild ride with a surprise ending.
We recently used a video game to create a guided meditation,so this fit our mood. Jane McGonigal,world-renowned game designer is such an inspiration - and it's a great story !
http://www.ted.com "Eat, Pray, Love" Author Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
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Gloria Larsen knows only three things about her birth mother: she was over forty, she lived in Rosewood, Nebraska, and she was accused of murder in 1974.
When Gloria is offered a job as newspaper editor in the small town, she jumps at the opportunity to discover the identity of her birth mother. Digging into the past, she finds a story of the disappearance of a judge’s wife and four friends accused of murder. Gloria tracks the now-elderly women to an assisted-living facility. This
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By Michael Snyder Are you ready for some inspirational stories that will make your heart jump for joy? These days, it is so easy to get down. Both individually and as a nation, we have so many problems and it often seems like things just keep getting…
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Most companies talk of placing customers at the heart of their business, yet very few actually do. Corporate consultant Cindy Barnes explores why this happens.
I was with a customer last week working on their global customer account process. We were discussing the ethnographic customer experience research that my company, Futurecurve, had completed for them. My customer was delighted with what we had uncovered but was lamenting their own incompetence at conducting any type of deep customer listening or understanding for themselves. I reassured them that their company was not alone: most find this extremely difficult to do. And then I asked myself:
Why is it so difficult for businesses to listen to and understand their customers?
This customer of mine is one the largest companies in the world. I mention this purely to illustrate that even the most successful companies find deep customer listening and customer exploration hard to do. But although it is hard, they have now realised it is vital to understand their customers in order to maintain their position in a changing world. Sales falter as customers’ needs change; they become more demanding and increasingly look for the exact product to fit their needs, rather than buy a product which has been pushed on them by an unempathetic and inflexible company.
There is an overriding reason why companies find it so difficult to listen to and understand their customers. It stems from the way business is viewed as a largely rational endeavour, and is also linked to the way businesses have been run for the last 100 years. Let me explain. Every business has an internal part and an external part. The internal part, the operations and staffing, is under the control of the business, and operational planning is done by finance staff using detailed planning and forecasting spreadsheets and tools. The internal part is mainly about managing people and costs.
Contrast this with the external, revenue-generating side of the business. This is about customers, and customers can’t be controlled in the way that internal resources can. Yet so many companies still base their revenue forecasts and their sales and marketing strategies on the same type of financial planning and forecasting as they do on the internal cost side, through detailed spreadsheets and tools that forecast revenue for the next one, two, three, or even five years. While this is very comforting to finance people and gives an alluring sense of safety, it’s actually unreal.
In an attempt to de-risk the demand side even further, companies who want to play safe opt to focus on broad markets. In this world, their marketers use the classic ‘push’ approach to marketing, using segmentation, targeting and positioning. They divide the appropriate market for their products into sectors, then into segments, and then target groups, and then position their marketing campaigns to those target groups. They assume many things, including that the sectors and segments are correct (based on their market research), and that the target groups are homogeneous and will all receive the message and act upon it in a similar way.
This idea of broad homogeneity fits neatly with finance departments’ comfortable world view that demand can be neatly forecasted in the same way that internal costs can. When the market is broad and companies think customers are homogeneous, complacency creeps in. The belief here is that it’s a huge market and anyone in their broad target group is a potential customer, so they can just go and sell stuff.
This is why sales are faltering in many long-established companies. They haven’t kept up with the changing world of their customers. Customers are not homogeneous. They are becoming more and more demanding as the ease of sharing information makes even the most technical B2B markets almost transparent.
I meet many companies who are like this, who are still doing business the same way they were 20 years ago. They always tell me their issue is solely about price, i.e. that customers are just looking for a better deal. My answer is always that price is only an issue when they haven’t demonstrated their value.
A huge part of value comes from truly and deeply understanding what their customers’ needs are and how they are going to satisfy those needs. This can’t be done with standard quantitative market research or by analysing big data. It can only be done through deep listening and observation of how customers use their products and services in action. Deep listening and observation will uncover why customers behave and think as they do, and it is critical to know this in order to really understand them.
I’ve looked at the broader issue, and now I’ll explore in more detail some of the symptoms you are likely to see manifest in your workplace. Here are my top 7 reasons why companies find deep listening and understanding their customers so hard to do….read more
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