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5 Brilliant TED talks on Team Building

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There are plenty of books and studies on how to form teams from groups, which parts of team development are crucial, and how to assemble high-performing teams.

However, in our busy world it becomes harder and harder to squeeze in time to sit down, open a book and read. Normally, when faced with a problem or stuck with a question, we need an instant solution or inspiration.

That’s where TED talks can help us.

These inspiring, engaging and motivating speeches come in an easily digestible video format. They are perfect for when you are on the go or don’t have time to dive into a book. The talks are quilted with real life examples from experts, speakers and practitioners in different team building fields.

Here we have collected 5 brilliant TED talks on team building, teamwork and collaboration to inspire you, surprise you and help you master these topics!

Better tools = better teams

Howard Rheingold – The new power of collaboration

By showing how cooperation evolved through “social dilemmas”  such as the prisoner’s dilemma or the tragedy of the commons, Howard Rheingold makes a brilliant case for trust, collective action and the power of collaboration.

Rocío Lorenzo – How diversity makes teams more innovative

Does diversity in working teams contribute to a more innovative company? Based on a recent study of more than 1,600 corporate teams, heterogeneous teams come up with more creative and unique ideas; thus the answer is a clear and strong yes!

Tom Wujec – Build a tower, build a team

Taking on the marshmallow challenge, a popular team building exercise, Tom Wujec asks the question, “What can CEOs and business people learn from kindergarten children when looking at how facilitation plays a role in making teams better?”

Simon Sinek – Why good leaders make you feel safe

In his talk, Simon Sinek emphasizes the value of trust, cooperation and the “feeling of safety” within organizations. He discusses how these concepts can contribute to better teams and stronger and more resistant organizations.

Karen Grosz – Innovative Team building

Karen Grosz talks about the transformative power of creating together and how just some brushes, paints and an empty canvas can turn strangers into teams.

Interested in team building activities? Find hundreds of team activities in the SessionLab public library of facilitation techniques and a complete Team Development Day agenda template. All free resources!

Did you find these talks helpful and inspirational? Is there anything you think is missing from this list? Tell us in the comments!

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