Even More TED Talks to Inspire Your Hiring Strategy

March 6, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Kathleen de Lara

recruiting inspirationIf yesterday's post didn't serve up the recruiting moxie you needed to get through the day, try on these TED talks for size. 

This is final segment of a two-part series covering top TED talks to spark your recruitment, hiring, and management strategy.

Dan Ariely — What Makes Us Feel Good about Our Work?

In this talk, Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, discusses what gives us true satisfaction in our work and what propels us to stay motivated.

“The bad news is that ignoring the performance of people is almost as bad as shredding their effort in front of their eyes. Ignoring gets you a whole way out there. The good news is that by simply looking at something that somebody has done, scanning it and saying ‘uh huh,’ that seems to be quite sufficient to dramatically improve people's motivations.”

What recruiters can do: When working with your team, drive their incentive to keep on keeping on simply by recognizing their success with frequent check-ins, verbal remarks, and every now and then, extra bonuses. On the other hand, as a recruiter, you’re constantly in a state of making your organization attractive to the candidate. Competitive salaries and office perks come standard for most companies these days, and in turn, offering a challenge and opportunity to work on difficult, intriguing problems will help you draw in top talent.

Roselinde Torres — What it Takes to be a Great Leader 

Roselinde Torres of Boston Consulting Group is positive she’s found the three essential questions that will help leaders succeed in the 21st century. After spending 25 years observing individual development, she’s ultimately shocked by the widening gap of supposed leadership skills and actual great leaders.

“In a 21st century world...relying on traditional development practices will stunt your growth as a leader. Great leaders are not head down. They see around corners, shaping their future, not just reacting to it. Great leaders understand that having a more diverse network is a source of pattern identification at greater levels and also of greater solutions because you have people that are thinking differently than you are.”

What recruiters can do: What you do in your personal time affects how you perform in your professional life. Continually doing something that makes you feel comfortable and content with the outcome won’t drive development, but instead, instill a dangerous, false sense of progression. Adjust your leadership tactics to prepare your team for unforeseen circumstances. Take leaps of courage, scatter nontraditional managing techniques, and stay up to date with recruiting trends to improve communication between you and your team.

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