by Jennifer Riggins
To help give us a bit of inspiration and hopefully a lot of good tips, today we offer you five TED Talks on the future of management.
Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation
OK this is a bit boring or at least predictable, having Dan Pink on a management tips list. Yes, he is the king of motivators but that doesn’t mean this ridiculously popular TED Talk isn’t worth a listen. Dan presents the results of the Candle Problem, which is a typical human resources test or experiment. He offers other studies with rewards. And then he offers these studies as the most important point — employee rewards systems don’t work. They simply don’t motivate.
So how can we make our employees feel valued? How can we increase their intrinsic motivation to work harder? Dan offers the logic that solves this seemingly impossible puzzle of motivation.
Nirmalya Kumar: India’s invisible innovation
When you think of business in India, you probably think first about software and back-office offshoring, and it does have millions of workers in these two areas. And this means that there are loads of white-collar jobs in India. But what about innovation? Could India become the next hub for innovation? That’s what Nirmalya researched the possibility of creativity in a culture that maybe doesn’t embrace creativity. Innovation is just for Silicon Valley, right? Nope.
What Nirmalya discovered four types of “invisible innovation,” broadening it past our concept of it being only for end users:
- Innovation for business customers via R&D centers.
- Outsourcing major project management pieces.
- Process innovation because of an injection of intelligence.
- Management innovation, a new way to organize work.
Is your business looking for these invisible innovators within your own company?