Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

I prefer to talk about creating harmony in your life but the message in this video is important and well worth considering.

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

Nigel is spot on – you’re the one responsible for creating the harmony you want in your life. No one else will or can do it for you.

Nigel says this regarding lives out of balance:

There are thousands and thousands of people out there living lives of quiet, screaming desperation who work long, hard hours, at jobs they hate, to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.

TEDx video

This was originally posted at Bengt’s Notes, another blog of mine.

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Through The Power of Why I found How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek. It’s a great presentation about the power of starting from “why”, to define your purpose and why you do what you do. Having a clear purpose, the “Why”, makes you stand out in the crowd and gives people a reason why they shall connect with you.

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers

At Presentation Zen is The importance of starting from Why about the presentation above. Garr Reynolds brings up questions like:

We rarely spend time thinking deeply about the why.
Why are we doing this?
Why does it matter?
Why is it important (or not)?
What is the meaning in the whole scheme of things?

This was originally posted at Bengt’s Notes, another blog of mine.

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

I started reading Drive – The surprising thruth about what motivates us by Daniel Pink today and that brought this TED-video to my mind: Dan Pink on the surprising science 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.

There’s more to motivation than just carrots and sticks.

Video

This was originally posted at Bengt’s Notes, another blog of mine.

Tony Robbins at TED Talks

Among the TED Talks is one with Tony Robbins where he talks about Why we do what we do, and how we can do it better. It is an intense and interesting 20 minutes session.

Among other things Tony Robbins mentions the six human needs:
1. Certainty/Comfort.
2. Variety.
3. Significance.
4. Connection/Love.
5. Growth.
6. Contribution.

I have never seen Tony Robbins live, he is very intense and somehow gives me the impression that he uses force and tempo to convey his message.

This was originally posted at Forty Plus Two, another blog of mine.

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