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Meditation as a Performance Tool

Lawyers work in a demanding profession. Stress levels are high. Burnout is rampant. Sacrifices made to advance our careers can have a pretty significant effect on our personal lives. We’re far from alone. Honestly, there are very few careers that aren’t stressful. We’re also not alone in what can feel like an endless struggle to increase our professional stamina and [...]

By |November 10th, 2016|Categories: Attitude and Approach, My favourite TED talks|Comments Off on Meditation as a Performance Tool

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

In this TEDx talk, psychiatrist Robert Waldinger reports on lessons learned from the longest ever study on happiness, which has so far spanned 75 years and still continues. The summary of the three biggest lessons learned is fascinating to me because it dovetails perfectly with my philosophy on business development, which is that lawyers who continue to develop good, [...]

By |July 28th, 2016|Categories: Building relationships, My favourite TED talks|Comments Off on What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

TED Talk – Quest University Founder

In keeping with the themes of innovation, curiosity and asking the right questions that has been running through many of my blogs recently, this is a fascinating Ted-X talk by Dr. David Helfand, one of the founders of Quest University. For those of you who have never heard of Quest, it is a University in British Columbia that has taken a [...]

By |December 19th, 2013|Categories: My favourite TED talks|1 Comment

What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail? – TED Talk

As director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Regina Dugan oversaw the US armed forces' innovation engine. Now she deploys the same research tactics at Google. In keeping with one of the themes you will see run through many of my blogs, she says that engineers and scientists have it right; as a matter of course, they defy [...]

By |November 28th, 2013|Categories: My favourite TED talks|Comments Off on What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail? – TED Talk

TED Talks: Thinking Differently About Regret and Being Wrong

Two great TED talks by Kathryn Schulz recommended by Deb Palter. They turn on their heads some of our widely held beliefs about being wrong and how humans should address regret. If you have any favourite TED talks, forward them on so I can share them with the group. Your recommendations are introducing me to talks that I hadn't heard of [...]

By |November 8th, 2013|Categories: My favourite TED talks|Comments Off on TED Talks: Thinking Differently About Regret and Being Wrong

TED Talk – What Happens When Monkeys Get Paid Unequally for the Same Task

In addition to being hilarious, this TED blog video may just explain what happens at law firms around compensation time every year. A shout out to Megan Shortreed, the source of much of the humour content on this blog, for sending this to me.      

By |October 4th, 2013|Categories: Just Funny Stuff, My favourite TED talks|Comments Off on TED Talk – What Happens When Monkeys Get Paid Unequally for the Same Task

TED Talk – Brené Brown on Shame, Vulnerability, and the Path to Living Whole-Heartedly

Thanks to Heather Crawford for sending these TED Talks to me, and to Jonathan Rosenstein for seconding them as picks for the blog. They are two epic TED Talks by Brené Brown, who has spent years researching the pathway to a life filled with joy, creativity, love and belonging. Her thesis is that the very center and point of living [...]

By |August 14th, 2013|Categories: My favourite TED talks|Comments Off on TED Talk – Brené Brown on Shame, Vulnerability, and the Path to Living Whole-Heartedly

Sheryl Sandberg TED Video: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

This TED video is a couple of years old now, but I have kept on going back to it since it was published because everything Sheryl Sandberg said remained relevant not only to women in the practice of law, but also to men.  I revisited it again in the wake of her new book and still love it.  So here [...]

By |May 15th, 2013|Categories: My favourite TED talks|Comments Off on Sheryl Sandberg TED Video: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Classical music with shining eyes: Benjamin Zander on TED.com

In this video Benjamin Zander uses the platform of making the 1600 people in the room "realize" that they love classical music to highlight some profound principles of great leadership. Those of you who know me might appreciate the "shining eyes" reference at the end of this video, since I go on and on about finding the things that make [...]

By |March 1st, 2013|Categories: My favourite TED talks, Recommended Resources|Comments Off on Classical music with shining eyes: Benjamin Zander on TED.com