Technology has accelerated the pace of change and the drive to continually transform in business by way of innovation. While this is important and necessary to longevity, transformation and change at the organizational level can cause employees to feel unease and uncertainty if not managed properly.

We've learned we have to 'adapt or die,' but change doesn't come easy for most. And this is because we naturally resist change for a variety of reasons, especially when it's imposed on us.

But change doesn't need to be hard, it's all in how it's positioned. The following TED talks inspire new ways of thinking about change, and how to effectively lead through it. These speakers spark thought-provoking dialogue around why putting people first is essential to leading through change, what is needed to solve for future change, how to achieve greater engagement in the workplace, and why taking care of the mind is an important part of navigating change.

We are in an era of what Jim Hemerling calls "always-on transformation," thanks in large part to technological advancements. In this TED talk, he notes reasons for being resistant change, and in many cases it's because leaders tend to wait too long to address change.

Hemerling identifies five strategic imperatives for transforming organizations in a way that's empowering rather than exhausting. These imperatives all involve putting people first, and start with connecting to a deeper sense of purpose. He uses Lego as an example, as they've undergone a series of transformations, all of which were linked to and guided by their North Star, or purpose, to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow.

The other imperatives cover, going all in, enabling your team with the capabilities they need to succeed through the transformation, instilling a culture of continuous learning, and creating inclusiveness.

Someone has changed the rules of how our world works, and more specifically how to successfully run a business in this new world, according to Eddie Obeng. In this discussion, he sheds light on how we are responding rationally to a world we understand and recognize, but which no longer exists.

Obeng goes on to talk about how the speed, scale and density of change has increased because of technology and globalization, but we're still building solutions and structures that fit within the old rules of the world. He urges and inspires viewers to challenge their old assumptions, rationales and ways of doing things, and think about solving not just for the problems of today, but for those in the future.

In this talk, Yves Morieux explores why productivity and engagement is so disappointing in nearly every company despite technological advances. He discovered it came down to the complicatedness business leaders are building their organizations.

Morieux challenges leaders to not just build more boxes, rules, processes, and hierarchies, and instead increase the quantity of power to empower everyone on the team to use their judgement and intelligence. To urge them take the risk to cooperate with one another, otherwise they will withdraw and disengage. And to create feedback loops and encourage everyone on the team to be transparent about their real weaknesses, and not blame for failure, but rather failure to ask for help or give help.

In this incredibly busy world, our minds are always doing something. According to Harvard research, our minds are lost in thought 47 percent of the time. Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe says we're no longer present, we're constantly distracted and as a result we get stressed.

In this talk, he describes the transformative power of doing nothing for even just 10 minutes each day, and how it can impact your life significantly and better prepare us to cope with constant change. Puddicombe talks about the importance of giving the mind --our most valuable and precious resource -- the support it needs to navigate the constantness of our 'always on' lives.

In this talk, Jason Clarke covers how to make your ideas happen and why new ideas are often met with resistance. He pinpoints seven reasons why this occurs most new concepts are met with "no."

These range from being filled with too much emotion and fear to think about the idea you're presenting, to being too scared of the transition, not the idea, to not having any say in what happens, and wanting something they can believe in. Clarke then covers how to address those common concerns to get others to buy-in for the idea.

While navigating change is never easy, these TED talks can help inspire new ways to get your team excited about, rather than resisting, the transformation. Consider sharing these with your team so you can work together to create a plan for success and mitigate the unease in the process.

Published on: Apr 28, 2017
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