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The Perfect Boss: Dr. Axel Zein at TEDxStuttgart

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Axel Zein promotes a new way we manage businesses today: think of business as a sport. In sports, the team is decisive; the team with the best players usually wins. And sports are fun. So what qualifies a manager to be the perfect coach for his team? Who is doing the work in a normal company? It is not the CEO, not the managers but the engineers, the guys on the shop floor and the sales reps. They are the players on the ield. A manager is supposed to be their coach. But we are not educated to be coaches. During our careers we usually encounter a couple of really bad bosses, many mediocre managers and only a few outstanding ones. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Nchang najeh (10 days ago)
This was brilliant and inspirational! One of the best ted talks ever!
Bessette Jesse (16 days ago)
Anne-Marie Hearne (16 days ago)
Excellent advice. I particularly like the focus you given to developing yourself. 👏
Nani ali (1 month ago)
great talk with great language ,,, respect
viruskoerper79 (1 month ago)
Seems like Dr. Zein also read Ken Blanchard’s HIGH FIVE!
Bonnie Robinson (1 month ago)
This talk doesn't talk about creative performers, people who think in unusual ways. They get over looked and bullied.
Zagann (2 months ago)
Cristiano Ronaldo isn't the best in the world.
Faisal Maricar (2 months ago)
No amount of talks like this , however informative , could change the predatory corporate culture . The only way to deal with sadistic , belittling condescending bosses is to give them a taste of their own medicine :- A KPI system which measures them not just with profits , but with workers' satisfaction and productivity
SHY SHY (2 months ago)
Great contents, I couldn't agree more with the contents.
Viktor Palchyk (2 months ago)
Very motivating and great delivery of the main concepts of such an exciting topic!
Nailed it!
MD. Shafayatul Haque (3 months ago)
Very helpful.
Ethan mcquat 1999 (3 months ago)
Its about the boss daaaahhh
jereme salazar (3 months ago)
What I was expecting from this title of talk is leadership. The Perfect Boss.
Tùng Quân Ngô (4 months ago)
very interesting
saeed AL-SAIRY (4 months ago)
samwel kedienye (5 months ago)
very motivating,you have the characteristics of a leader
Damien Clark (6 months ago)
George Thompson (6 months ago)
I’ve had one superior in the workplace who was the type of person I would hang out with on my personal time. The rest, all twelve of them, were the worst type of folks a society could be cursed with.
sam nkuranga (6 months ago)
This is absolutely amazing and helpful for those who wants to change and make this world better
edex north (7 months ago)
this is infact all brilliantly put together thanks
HeavySakONuts (7 months ago)
What was the AMERICAN INSTITUTION? We need to know your sources.
Bit CrussH (7 months ago)
Superb video. I would like to ask Dr Axel, how do you motivate employees when company is not doing well and when employees are working in remote site.
Great Manager Institute (8 months ago)
Well said, Dr. Zein. Even we believe that great managers are those who create a purpose and inspire people to work. Unfortunately, two-thirds of the managers don't do this and for them motivating employees is only about appraisals. Is there any way this can be changed?
Old Iron Shops (8 months ago)
Exilent talk
Raju Subedi (8 months ago)
Informational,I know I am going to be the best boss😊😊
Mickey 32 (9 months ago)
Darin Sullaphen (9 months ago)
Brilliant analogies - great presentation!
mohamed elrefaie (9 months ago)
Jamie Coxe (10 months ago)
Great video. Thank you.
Yasmin habibi (10 months ago)
This is mere ideology at best.
xXyasabeXx (3 months ago)
well, everything is an ideaology at one point or another. Right?
mecanicien37 (3 months ago)
then you live in a world full of ideology
Luz Rodgers (10 months ago)
Five years later, Dr. Zein's topic and main points are more applicable today than ever. Thought leadership has risen as a prominent topic and the acceptance of failure is so important for future creativity and innovation. Concepts articulated and comparisons to sports are also very relevant: High Performance Culture, Individual performers that are visible to all, true training & learning should be continuous, true leaders and celebrations!
birju patel (11 months ago)
Anwar Ali (11 months ago)
I loved the contents and research of Dr. Axel Zein. Marvelous learning experience via this video. For a sustainable quality of any organization and leader there must be a source of Inspiration and Dr. Zein has showed very beautifully. Bravo..... from Kuwait.
Kim Townsel (11 months ago)
Compelling information and delivery, Dr. Zein. 👏👏👏
Parrlu 22 (11 months ago)
fauzan muhammad (11 months ago)
Great video... And inspire
Hilman Thea (1 year ago)
Azard Mohamed (1 year ago)
Sithembiso Ginindza (1 year ago)
dam this is soooooo good
Sci3nc3Rul3z (1 year ago)
what is this "American Institute" looking to cite for a paper
Max G (1 year ago)
The Gallup Institute ... I think it was in 2012 or 2013...
trebledc (1 year ago)
A boss want the staff to be his deputy so the staff can work his work while the boss sits makes money doing other thing without rewarding the deputy. Is it fair to the staff? Now a staff just so lazy to work coz she know they can easily find another job with better pay and doesn't perform her KPI and never care the less. Is it fair to the owner? This are troubles of an owner and a staff experience...High staff turnover because staff want high salary but give poor performance you give them what they want still same poor perfomance. The staff with high performance never get rewarded but squished by the boss to perform more becuz other staff doesn't perform. So question how do you solve such things in HR? Is the boss or the staff?
Bobby Herrera (1 year ago)
The weak will earn my supreame enchilada recipie. it involves of brilliant fools. when the the simple color is what? 0 My blood spurs myths, my mind destroys them,, My heart makes legends, Your science never understands spirit.
Julia Lerner (1 year ago)
So becoming a boss is just like becoming a parent?
Claudia Vlahović (15 days ago)
Saul Ramirez (3 months ago)
Listening skills need help. This is probably why you are not a boss or leader Julia!
Thatscd (4 months ago)
Nope. Not even close. A manager/boss is responsible for a lot of money that isn’t their own. They have to manage a lot of adults from all kinds of backgrounds with different work ethics in order to meet the needs of the business. Management is not personal, being a parent is personal. Managing requires tons of patience, like being a parent, but managers also have to get rid of people and promote people with an purely based on performance with an objective and non-biased attitude. I certainly hope that is not what parenting is...
Chance (4 months ago)
Nope, never heard him say that.
Yasmin habibi (11 months ago)
Julia Lerner apparently. Bad parents.
kancherla cnu (1 year ago)
Dr.Axel,I like the way you are explained and compared the business with sports are highly appreciated.
Tesfaye Fantu (1 year ago)
Perfect presentation!
Okley701 (2 years ago)
This was a great find. If you are a manager, you need to take notes on this video and watch it once a week.
Melissa Obermeyer (2 years ago)
This was so inspirational. The best TED talk in my opinion. Wow!
Amrinder Singh (2 years ago)
Absolutely awesome...what a great analogy with sports..excellent presentation skills...soft and gentle yet effective...thoroughly impressed with the talk...thanks Dr. Alex
oualid hamdi (2 years ago)
Messi is the best football player in the world! :)
Jasam4568 (1 year ago)
well american football is not a football, actually what you muricans call soccer is real football
Dr Elvis Valentino (2 years ago)
Soccer is NOT football, and not a sport.
Erik Retscher (4 years ago)
Toller Vortrag Herr Dr. Zein !
V Sh (4 years ago)
bravo! I am glad I overcame the initial "pfff" reaction to this talk and listened to the end with maximized attention. the observations of M.Zein in fact verbalized my own impressions. I am infinitively grateful to my managers, who had forever set the threshold of good management for me. and what a pleasure it is to work for a good manager - a honor and privilege, a challenge and desire. I wish everyone to appreciate your good managers and give your work all you've got during your working day. thx.
Breakdancingguru (5 years ago)
I watch this all the time. Never gets old. Fantastic presentation.
TheMoau (5 years ago)
Felicitari Axel! Toata lumea e mandra de tine!
Axel Zein (5 years ago)
LOL. Thanks
Kim Townsel (11 months ago)
Axel Zein Well done, sir.
Rovana Mirea (5 years ago)
Job, fear, team, manager, trainig, the players on the field, sports.... and our high performance culture! But what mostly impressed me were your English and body language, which create a perfect "captatio benevolentiae" for our society. Hut ab! O Captain! My captain!...
Axel Zein (5 years ago)
MrAzapaguy: TED has the rights of the video. And TED promotes free distribution of the video, so I don't see any reason why you shouldn't use it - this of course unless you want me "live on stage" :-)
Yasmin habibi (10 months ago)
Sir, as wise and intelligent as this sounds, the chances of these concepts being implemented are, sadly, slim to none. Please don't ask how I know this. Some people are dissatisfied with their bosses because their high-quality work and loyalty are disregarded and taken for granted. I disagree that bosses are destined to fail when they become managers. They have way more power to change things for the better. Because human kind can get carried away by pride, some people use their positions to intimidate everyone thereby pushing their best employees away.
Katie Aggelakou (1 year ago)
One of the best on TEDx Talks. Thank you so much for this! Greetings from Greece :)
Scott Knutson (5 years ago)
Great talk! The sports analogy is spot on! And It hits home for us as a leadership development team for a large multinational mining company. We'd love to use your video as part of some of our leadership training. Is that possible?
Sandra Wood (5 years ago)
Great talk Alex! I agree with your principles too and would love to see more organisations preparing their managers for management before promoting them (or throwing them in at the deep end). I believe that managers are the critical variable in the success of a business - so important to get this right. Well done.
Axel Zein (5 years ago)
...Once a quarter would be enough :-)
Axel Zein (5 years ago)
absolutely. Thanks for the positive review
Axel Zein (5 years ago)
Danke Julius, jetzt weisst Du ja was Du zu tun hast :-)
Axel Zein (5 years ago)
you're welcome. thanks for the nice review :-)
Viviana Puebla (5 years ago)
Perfectly delivered! the talk was very inspiring, clear and at the point. The analogy is amazing to follow, your presentation was very elegant.You considered the business , the manager, the team and the individual needs, expectations , focus, rewards and humane and effective leadership. Thank you,
Eugene Salganik (5 years ago)
A good boss is the one who does not treat his people as kindergartners.
Claudia Vlahović (15 days ago)
And slaves.
Yasmin habibi (11 months ago)
Eugene Salganik yes!
Nancy Schill (5 years ago)
Thank you - what an informative and inspiring talk! Your description positively correlates with building a collaborative culture.
Simona Puscasu (5 years ago)
Every manager should watch this every monday morning!!!
Axel Zein (5 years ago)
dr11456: that's fair enough. I'll try and do better next time. :-)
Debbie Ruston (5 years ago)
Absolutely agree....many organizations do not realize the cost of employee disengagement.... authority is fear based. Putting your employees needs first, will develop a highly engaged productive workforce....win/win .... good for the employee and good for business.
Kim Townsel (11 months ago)
Debbie Ruston Agree!
Alifa Shabrina (5 years ago)
LOVED IT!! esp in the part "people will follow you through thick and thin if you inspire them, if you do something great, if you convince them, or if you care about them. but they would not do it just because you are the CEO" because it portrays my act towards my leader :D
Axel Zein (5 years ago)
Happy you liked it. Thanks.
Anita Morrow (5 years ago)
Loved it!!! If only 20% of all managers would think and act like you our world would be a much happier place! Not to mention productivity, job satisfaction etc. People in general would love to go to work if they reported to the type of manager you describe. I suggest you develop a course and teach it a business schools!
Katie Aggelakou (1 year ago)
@Anita Morrow I totally agree. He should make a course, I would so take it.
Axel Zein (5 years ago)
Thanks for the nice words
burebista2011 (5 years ago)
It is a very good and concluding presentation Mr. Zein. I understood a lot of things I felt, but was not able to express before. The analogy to sports is self explaining.
Axel Zein (5 years ago)
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