5 Thoughts from Guy Raz, TED Radio Hour Host

Jan 28, 2014

Guy Raz is the host of TED Radio hour, a co-production of NPR and TED that tackles astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems and new ways to think and create. Each radio show is based on talks given by riveting speakers on the renowned TED stage, bound together by a common theme such as the thrill of space exploration, going to extremes, the source of happiness or 'when rights goes wrong' in our justice system. 

On January 15th, Guy joined us at Sports Club/LA - Washington DC to talk about collaboration. With over 100 people in attendance, Guy told us what it takes to be successful using collaboration and leadership. If you missed the talk, here are is 5 key takeaways:


1. Great collaborations often require great facilitators. A good group leader seeks out people who are smarter than the leader.

2. For a collaboration to succeed, everybody needs to feel some ownership over the process and the outcome.

3. People collaborate for a variety of reasons. Among them: the innate human desire to be part of something bigger. 

4. Collaboration does not mean restricting time alone. Alone time is a key ingredient for members of a collaborative team to work out potential solutions.

5. One of the best ways to get cells of collaborators to participate is to approach brain storming sessions with the response "Yes and...' rather than "No but..."

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