TED Business Podcast

Every Monday, Bernstein Faculty Director and Associate Professor of Management Modupe Akinola hosts the TED Business podcast where she presents the most powerful and surprising ideas that illuminate the business world. At the end of each episode, Professor Akinola shares a mini-lesson on the talk's real-world applications, helping listeners set and achieve career goals, leverage their power to support others, and become inspiring leaders—because business evolves every day, and our ideas about it should, too. Learn more about the podcast and Professor Akinola

Episodes
 

HOW CAN WE ACTUALLY PAY PEOPLE ENOUGH—WITH DAN SCHULMAN

November 23, 2020

Capitalism urgently needs an upgrade, says PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, and it starts with paying people enough to actually invest in their futures. He explains the epiphany that led PayPal to create a whole new metric for adequate pay, Net Disposable Income, and why investing in employees' financial health is just good business. After the talk, host Modupe Akinola makes the case for going one step further and considering how fair pay might actually mean something pretty different for every employee.


CONFESSIONS OF A RECOVERING MICROMANAGER—WITH CHIEH HUANG

November 16, 2020

"If we know that micromanagement isn't really effective, why do we do it?" asks Boxed.com founder Chieh Huang. In a funny talk packed with wisdom and humility, Huang shares the cure for micromanagement — which is also a prescription for innovation and happiness at work. Host Modupe Akinola explains how freedom from excessive scrutiny even benefits us biologically.


HOW TO BUILD (AND REBUILD) TRUST—WITH FRANCES FREI

November 9, 2020

Trust is the foundation for everything we do. So what do we do when it's broken? Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei gives a crash course on the three essential components of trust, and how to build them — a process she put to use during a stint at Uber. Plus host Modupe Akinola explains how to apply those principles of trust with Black colleagues and others in the minority.


HOW TO DISAGREE PRODUCTIVELY AND FIND COMMON GROUND—WITH JULIA DHAR

November 2, 2020

Often it feels like the only thing we can agree on is that we can’t agree on anything. World debate champion Julia Dhar offers three techniques to reshape the way we talk to each other so we can take our disagreements somewhere fruitful—over family dinners, during work meetings, and in our national conversations. Plus host Modupe Akinola explains why better arguments might start not with arguments at all, but with better questions.


WHY THE SECRET TO SUCCESS IS SETTING THE RIGHT GOALS—WITH JOHN DOERR

October 26, 2020

When promising projects crash and burn, it’s not always because of glaring mistakes. Venture capitalist John Doerr reveals it’s often because those projects were linked to the wrong objectives. Get Doerr’s practical guidance on how to set and execute on audacious goals with “Objectives and Key Results,” or OKRs — a goal-setting system that’s been employed by the likes of Google, Intel and Bono — plus host Modupe Akinola’s twist on the importance of timing.


HOW TO FIND THE PERSON WHO CAN HELP YOU GET AHEAD AT WORK—WITH CARLA HARRIS

October 19, 2020

You know you need a mentor to advance your career, but have you ever considered who your sponsor is? Carla Harris, vice chairman at Morgan Stanley, explains the crucial importance of identifying a person who will speak on your behalf in the top-level, closed-door meetings you’re not invited to (yet). Learn why your pool of potential sponsors is bigger than you might think—and how to think carefully about how to present yourself to them.


WHY THE STRONGEST LEADERS ASK FOR HELP—WITH LORNA DAVIS

October 12, 2020

When confronting huge challenges, sometimes the greatest strength a leader can show is to admit uncertainty. Former Danone North America CEO Lorna Davis learned that the hard way, then discovered the power of publicly committing to big, bold goals—and then inviting others to help her meet them. Host Modupe Akinola shares the benefit of being a collaborative leader—no matter where you are in your career.