6 TED Talks that every CFO will find educational & insightful in 2020
6 TED Talks that every CFO will find educational & insightful
The role of the chief financial officer has evolved in recent years. Sure, you’re still in charge of making sure your company’s finances are in order, keeping an eye on your AP department, reporting to stakeholders, managing financial risks, discovering useful new financial software, implementing efficiencies & automation, and much more. But on top of those operational responsibilities, there is also an expectation of being a leader for your employees, a coach for the company, an architect, and a visionary. It’s not easy to balance all of these expectations all the time. Here is a list of six TED Talks we’ve compiled that will hopefully provide insights into how you can manage the plethora of responsibilities inherent in your role as one of the leaders of your company.
Big data is better data by Kenneth Cukier
You’ve seen artificial intelligence in self-driving cars. What’s coming next for this advanced, emerging technology? In this TED Talk, Kenneth Cukier discusses how big data is enabling advancements across a range of industries and technological applications, and how common, everyday problems are becoming even easier to solve through the use of technology.
A data translation toolkit that anyone can use by Jonathan Koch
Today’s technological advances and groundbreaking advances have left us overstimulated with data and information, without the tools to easily comprehend it all, making it easy to be overwhelmed in the face of the mountains of data we have access to. This TED Talk by Jonathan Koch provides an outline of how 3 simple tools can help us better understand the data we interact with every day and how we can make better, informed decisions in our business and personal lives.
How to make work-life balance work by Nigel Marsh
Do you feel that your work is balanced with your life? Have you achieved work-life nirvana? Nigel Marsh has some compelling ideas on how you can add some balance into your workday, family time, and personal time that actually help to improve productivity. This TED Talk is relevant for both employees and employers, all of whom may find challenges in maintaining their ideal work-life balance.
The big data behind complex human emotions by Erick Brethenoux
When you think of complex emotions, such as love, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t “big data analytics”. That is what Eric Brethenoux’s TED Talk is about. He discusses the unlockable potential and understanding through applications of big data analytics, as well as what he views as potential for abuse and why we should tread carefully with this kind of analytical application.
On Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz
No one likes to be wrong, but “wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for going beyond admitting and fully embracing your fallibility. Even if being wrong is perceived as weakness, particularly as you advance higher in your career, feeling that you’re constantly in the right and maintaining an inability to admit your blunders can lead to disastrous results.
The danger of a single story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
No single story can come remotely close to explaining something as complex and varied as a human being. Our lives are composed by webs of tales, compilations of stories, and no single one can define who we are. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recounts the story of finding her authentic cultural voice and warns that to listen a single story about a person or country is to risk critical misunderstanding.