For becoming a stronger leader:

How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek

Bestselling author and marketing consultant Simon Sinek draws on the examples set by legendary leaders such as Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs to argue leadership must always start with a question: Why?

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For finding balance:

How To Make Work-Life Balance Work – Nigel Marsh

This talk will encourage you to take your work-life balance into your own hands by making small changes to the way you invest your time. Finding your ideal balance between family time, personal time and productivity will not only make you happier, but help you get the most out of your hours in the office.

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For approaching conflict:

Dare To Disagree – Margaret Heffernan

Heffernan believes too many of us fear conflict at work and as a consequence are missing out on crucial opportunities to learn from the perspectives of others. It may take some bravery to be the first to raise an issue, but Heffernan insightfully illustrates the role of disagreement and challenging the status quo in resolving problems and generating success.

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For following your dreams:

Five Ways To Kill Your Dreams – Bel Pesce

Young entrepreneur Pesce breaks down five common misconceptions that will prevent you from realising your dreams. From settling too easily and blaming others, this is a crucial watch if you’re thinking of taking a career leap.

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For learning to switch off:

The Power Of Time Off – Stefan Sagmeister

What would you do if you didn’t have to do anything? Sagmeister’s studio takes a year-long sabbatical every seventh year and – while most of us can’t go that far – there’s a lot to learn from his focus on taking time out to de-stress and prioritise enriching activities you love.

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For a career change:

How To Find Work You Love – Scott Dinsmore

Dinsmore’s talk was a viral hit and it’s not hard to see why. Having quit a high-flying but unrewarding job, Dinsmore spent four years working out what he really wanted and how to get there. Sadly, he tragically died aged 33 in 2015 after being hit by falling rocks while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, but this has only added to the poignancy of his lessons on living a joyful and meaningful life.

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For making it to the top as a woman:

The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get – Susan Colantuouno

Why are so few women breaking through the glass ceiling? According to leadership consultant Colantuono, workplace culture is training women to focus on interpersonal and confidence-boosting skills, while men are taught about business acumen and strategy.

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For being happy in your work:

The Happy Secret To Better Work – Shawn Achor

Achor is an advocate of ‘positive psychology’ – learning how to live by studying positive rather than negative examples. Rather than asking how to make depressed people happier, he thinks we should learn how to be happy by watching happy people. This is a guide to putting mind over matter to achieve peace and contentment – and then reaping the rewards in your professional life.

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