New Work Needs Inner Work

By Joana Breidenbach and originally published by TEDxBerlinSalon

Introduction by EE Magazine:

“New work needs inner work” – Joana Breidenbach proposes a healthy balance between Belonging and Becoming.

To be effective, a leader will be:

  • Grounded – know themselves well
  • Able to connect and empathise at a deep level
  • Open to change through having a range of perspectives

Together, these abilities create an open culture where healthy feedback is the norm, intuition and connection are fostered and innovation flourishes. Hierarchy is fluid and changing and based on competency rather than authority.

This approach can be expensive of time and energy and is not for everyone. The challenge for any structure is to find a balance between autonomy and excellence.

16 minutes 34 seconds

Joana Breidenbach has a PhD in cultural anthropology and is the author of numerous books on the cultural effects of globalisation, migration and tourism. Including: Tanz der Kulturen (The Dance of Cultures) (Rowohlt 2000), Maxikulti (Maxiculturalism) (Campus 2008), Seeing Culture Everywhere (Washington Press 2009) and Edwina Ermittelt in Berlin (Gestalten 2014), a detective story for children. Joana Breidenbach is a cofounder of and the founder of the betterplace lab. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Joana Breidenbach on “New Work needs Inner Work”. More information on our website:

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