TED Talks Collection: Talent — How to Find It, How to Keep It

When we keep track of the top challenges businesses face, year on year one point consistently comes up: finding and keeping the right talent.

Statistics show that lacking talent inhibits a business’s ability to move forward. PwC found that 55 percent of their respondents couldn’t efficiently innovate due to a lack of analytical skills, while a recent report by Salesforce.com discovered that three in five small and medium-sized enterprises suffer constraints on business activities because of a lack of hires.

How can businesses overcome this hurdle? Here’s what we can learn from leaders and seasoned HR specialists:

“Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume” by Regina Hartley


It’s a given that companies want the best talent — expertise and the right approach can propel their vision forward. But is a flawless resume a sure sign that you’ve found the right candidate? Human resources expert Regina Hartley has learned how to read between the lines of an application, and shows how to find hires that can bring passion, perseverance and resilience to your enterprise.

“Eight lessons on building a company people enjoy working for” by Patty McCord


Does your business maintain an environment that attracts hires and gives them what they need? Over the course of her career as an HR professional — including 14 years as chief talent officer at Netflix — Patty McCord has learned a few things about how to build a company culture that is appealing, fun, and productive.

“This is what makes employees happy at work” by Michael C. Bush


As the CEO of Great Places to Work — the organisation that publishes the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list — Michael C. Bush has a few simple insights to what people need in order to feel happy and motivated at work.

If you liked these talks, make sure to check out our collections on business strategy and innovation. The next and final part of the series will cover how emerging technologies shape the business world, and how enterprises can capitalise on their investments in tech.