After two years, we can finally say that the hard and challenging days of the Coronavirus pandemic are over, but these two years brought many changes for all of us, and these changes left us with many unanswered questions.
Friday, June 17th, 2022 We gathered in DigiNext Hall so that we might be able to look for answers to our questions or at least get acquainted with the questions of others at the TEDxTehranSalon2022 event with the theme of “Distinct standpoints”. Experts in various fields of business and management spoke from their point of view about the issues that we need to address in the post-covid era.
At the beginning of the event, we were accompanied by Mohammad Javad Sabet, a researcher, and lecturer in human resource management courses. He talked about “how models help us think better”. According to Mr. Sabet, management science is a contingency science. This means that the issues and methods of dealing with them are not necessarily the same. It can be said that there is no best way to manage, but categorizing and modeling issues and gaining the ability to simplify and categorize issues are more important in solving problems and advancing goals. How we can use management tools such as models to improve our thinking and life was one of the topics discussed by Mohammad Javad Sabet in this lecture.
Have you ever experienced rumination? In your spare time, it is a bad feeling to constantly think about work problems and to bring things up and down in your mind so that there is no result other than worry and anxiety. Perhaps quarantine, telecommuting, and social distancing in the pandemic era have revived obsessive thoughts in most of us, or even multiplied these kinds of negative thoughts. Following the first part of the event, we sat down to watch a TED Talk in which psychologist Dr. Guy Winch talked about rumination and how we can stop it. He talked about his youth and his problems, the many work issues that plagued him, and how in all of these issues, his mental rumination had eroded him and destroyed his performance, until the day he decided to stop this mental rumination. He explained how he was able to do this.
In the second part of the event, we had a story about a strange educational and career path. The path of most people’s academic and career growth can be miles apart, and these differences can create thousands of obstacles or, conversely, thousands of facilitators on your path to success.
The senior programmer Hamed Hajiloo is one of those whose path to success has been full of challenges and difficulties that may not be imaginable for many of us. Hamed Hajiloo told us about his rural life and his pastoral care until he reached his current job position. We heard from the exhausting failures and hardships he had during his entrance exam and his school years to his worries today that are not unrelated to his past days. After two difficult years, now thinking about creating equal job opportunities for all and valuing the talents of rural youth was an invitation that Hamed Hajiloo, one of the managers and business owners, gave in this speech.
Sometimes listening may be the best help we can give each other. An important issue that we saw a lot among the guests at this event. Sophie Andrews’s talk who was heard from her bitter past and being rescued as a victim of sexual harassment, until today that she is the founder of the Institute for the Protection of the Isolated and the Elderly shows the importance of hearing and being heard.
The third and final part of the event was an opportunity to network among the audience and raise various issues related to human resource management and challenges in this field to challenge the concerns and problems that we all face after the pandemic. Talking about the questions that the guests had written on the board of the TEDxTehran team was also part of this event. The empathy and the formation of constructive relationships that we witnessed in this event, let us experience an intimate and friendly atmosphere together.
Also in this part of the event, the pleasant performance by Kourosh Keshavarz, a powerful composer and violinist who was our guest, made the atmosphere of the event pleasant for the audience.
The questions written on the board of this event showed us the new concerns of the post-covid era. Perhaps these events and the repetition of such periods are an opportunity for us to find answers to our new questions and to be able to get through the ambiguous post-covid era.
We are waiting for you at our next events.
If you are interested in watching the broadcast of the TED Talks at this event, check out the following links:
Guy Winch: How to turn off work thoughts during your free time?
Sophie Andrews: The best way to help is often just to listen
Emmett Shear: What streaming means for the future of entertainment?