April 23, 2020

6 TED Talks for Government Data Leaders to Binge

Dave Kelly

Topic:   Industry Focus

Most forward-thinking organizations boast chief data officers who are always seeking fresh approaches – and fresh ways to operationalize them in their orgs. Like I often say, “The most successful data leaders are even better culture leaders.” Here are six TED Talks sure to expand the skill set of any data management leader.

1. If You’re Aiming to Disrupt a Culture of “Tyrannical Furniture …”

Psychology professor Barry Schwartz, author of the best-selling The Paradox of Choice, explains how to overcome many of the fundamental structures and assumptions that plague any bureaucracy – a word that, notably, is old French for “government by desk.” A talk that will give you hope as it makes you think.

2. If You’re Serious About Creating Change…


Think digitizing a company is difficult? Imagine digitizing a country. Branding expert 
Anna Piperal lived through the electronic rebuilding of her homeland, Estonia, and many of the macro principles in her story will resonate with those entrusted with making smaller, enterprise-wide changes.

3. If You’re Worried About Selling Change…

Too often the highest hurdles to transformative progress at the organizational level are internal stakeholders – be they bosses, peers, or subordinates. In this twist on the art of persuasion, author Jia Jang immerses himself in rejection to learn how to get from “no” to “yes”.

4.  If You’re Fighting a Culture of Complacency…

In a talk as entertaining as it is useful, Boston Consulting Group consultant Nadjia Yousif explains that the secret to working more seamlessly with workplace technologies is to treat them like peers and colleagues.

5. If You’re a Cynic at Heart…

Join data journalist Mona Chalabi as she takes you on a quick, funny, and insightful examination of the many ways numbers can lie, mislead, and generally obfuscate.

6. If You Want to Be a Better Leader…

Writer and surgeon Atul Gawande argues that you shouldn’t stop depending on coaches once you quit Little League or piano lessons. Anyone’s career can be improved by connecting with a mentor. Similarly, any subordinate can be coached up.