Commandant (DCMS-DPR-5)
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Stop 7907
Washington, D.C. 20593-7907

TED Talks & Videos

Compassion and Kinship (TED Talk)

This TED Talk by a Catholic priest will change the way you view the people around you. His message is about creating and fostering a community, as well as helping the individual to realize that he is a valuable, treasured part of that community. This is about helping all individuals find a better way, regardless of past mistakes. It is also a reminder that we can transcend our stereotypes, long-held beliefs and circumstances to create a better world.


Forget the Pecking Order at Work (TED Talk)

Great TED Talk that makes its listeners rethink what it means to be “productive” in the workplace. “Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built at every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It’s a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader.” This is an interesting perspective, especially in a military environment, and can offer Coast Guard leaders new perspective of how to lead and produce great results. 


How Diversity Makes Teams More Innovative (TED Talk)

Fostering diversity has many workplace benefits. Off the top of your head, you may think of increased creativity and employee satisfaction. But the perks get even better: Diverse organizations generate more innovation revenue, according to a survey by diversity researcher Rocío Lorenzo. In a thoughtful, eye-opening talk, she explains how her team’s survey data converted her into a diversity advocate.


Leading Through Change and Crisis 

Practical advice and insights from seasoned leaders from the McChrystal Group. Examines how to rapidly define the internal/external operating environment to develop a prioritized plan that aligns your people to your strategy.


The Five Levels of Leadership

Mr. Maxwell describes his proclaimed five levels of leadership and shows us how to master each level and rise up to the next to become a more influential, respected, and successful leader.  Mr. Maxwell explains how true leadership isn't a matter of having a certain job or title. According to him, “being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership—where experience will allow you to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others."


Principles: Life and Work (Talks at Google)

In 1975, Ray Dalio founded an investment firm, Bridgewater Associates, out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Forty years later, Bridgewater has made more money for its clients than any other hedge fund in history, and grown into the fifth most important private company in the United States, according to Fortune magazine. In his book "Principles", Dalio shares what he’s learned over the course of his remarkable career, arguing that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules, and understood like machines. The book’s hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of “radical truth” and “radical transparency,” offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they’re seeking to achieve.


Puzzle of Motivation (TED Talk)

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.


What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work? (TED Talk)

A talk about what motivates people at work – contrary to conventional wisdom, it is not money. Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist, shares the outcome of his experiments and how people react to work.


Work Life (TED Talk)

Psychologist, business professor, and author Adam Grant questions the assumption that work has to be unpleasant. He explores companies, professionals, and businesses that employ innovative and sometimes daring practices aimed at making the workplace better. The topics feature a spectrum of work topics from the “problem with all-stars” to “burnout is everyone’s problem.” Undoubtedly, each episode features something you can relate to and is a must-listen for anyone who considers themselves a professional in any field.