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How to be an upstander instead of a bystander | Angélique Parisot-Potter

Visit to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. If you see something wrong in the workplace, what should you do? Business leader Angélique Parisot-Potter says you should speak up, even when it’s scary. Sharing her personal experience of voicing concerns at work, she offers three lessons on…

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If you see something wrong in the workplace, what should you do? Business leader Angélique Parisot-Potter says you should speak up, even when it’s scary. Sharing her personal experience of voicing concerns at work, she offers three lessons on standing up for what’s right.

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    Sadi Khan

    January 6, 2021 at 9:13 am

    please put up subtitles!

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    KaBup

    January 6, 2021 at 9:19 am

    There are no more TEDs about science?

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      Basesixty

      January 6, 2021 at 12:27 pm

      Nope it’s now just people sharing their world view

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      KaBup

      January 6, 2021 at 2:13 pm

      @Basesixty Sigh… I remember that time when a guy show a swarm of mini-drones.. or that one about signs in caves…

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    Khogn TM

    January 6, 2021 at 9:22 am

    “Be honest and speak up”, also “Lie to and pretend for your own children”.

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    Enlightened Heart

    January 6, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Thank you 🙏

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    Anton Wereta

    January 6, 2021 at 9:38 am

    I feel like this woman wouldn’t step in to help anyone in real life lol. This Era sucks just speak woke crap and get high 5ed for it no matter how you are in day to day life.

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      graphicism

      January 6, 2021 at 2:46 pm

      Yeah especially now when we all have to follow orders and be complicit.

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    Joe Fogg

    January 6, 2021 at 10:09 am

    This would be so more powerful if we knew the back story – did the truth come out – did something change. Is the message simply about the good we do to ourself by living according to our own values (remembering the ‘bad’ people are living to their values too)?

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    Zeldacartoon Dofus

    January 6, 2021 at 10:51 am

    tbh u went through some hard time so im trying to keep that as nice as possible, but you lied to your daughters for 6 months, lost your financial stability, got your reputation in the work environment scrambled, to the benefit of peace with yourself. But wouldn’t u have had more peace by being submissive in order to keep providing for your family ? its not a rhetorical quesiton, i really hope u can answer me. It feels like you feel more at peace whilst doing the “good” thing in the workplace, even though it affects badly your family life. Would u do it again, or would u chose a path that doesnt make you lie to your children and be in a precarious situation ?

    ps: im sorry for my english, im not native, nor good or intelligent. but ive faced this moral dilemma and still dont know what is the good choice on the long term.

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    Gabrielle

    January 6, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Step One: dont have a debilitating anxiety disorder

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    Gary Morrison

    January 6, 2021 at 11:53 am

    The message here is great, and I’m all for it, but her talk is a bit vague. The point of giving examples is to create imagery we can all relate to, but, here, she so completely avoided any details to the point that I can’t even clearly tell what happened, let alone judge the consequences of failing to be an “upstander.”

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    The Restart Point

    January 6, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    This is all so vague, I don’t even know what she’s talking about. Is this about some kind of life / liberty-threatening situation or just work place politics? If it’s just work place issues then, welcome to having a job and dealing with other humans!

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      Ottilie Burrill Smith

      January 6, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      i know right!

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      Gary Boyle

      January 6, 2021 at 4:52 pm

      So your attitude is be thankful you have a job? I hope you are not a boss because I would not want you covering my back, you’d stay quiet incase it ruined your next promotion.

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    0 0

    January 6, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Very sexist. All the bad were men. I was in this situation where a woman was abusing both men and women. Every woman that stood up was fired. 2 men stood up, I was one of them, same consequences. There were only women in the upper managerial structure, many of which were getting hurt by this but all took it silently. This was not in some remote country. This was USA. It was not the men, there was a lot of man hating. What terrible work place, although it was a great job.

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    twn5858

    January 6, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Is it ok to question those in authority when it comes to the covid hoax?

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      graphicism

      January 6, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      …my thoughts exactly. And no, no that is not allowed.

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    Ni Gangte

    January 6, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Being asked to work without receiving even a third of our pay and with no safety net during this pandemic, i almost am driven to speak up against the injustices. Story of my life

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    DanDivoscaliChriften

    January 6, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Can i just sit?

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    Christine Bryant

    January 6, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Investing in bitcoin and Crypto are really profitable right now💯💯

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    Texoma Tinker

    January 6, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Nothing is worth more than your integrity. You own what you know, and you are responsible for it. You may delay them, but you cannot escape the consequences of your actions or failure to act. The cowardly are selfish and only act in their best interest and, as such, become the enemies of society and the pawns of those whose boots they lick. Choose your friends carefully and do not seek the approval of those who go along to get along; they will rob you of your integrity.

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    Lisa Love Ministries

    January 6, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Seek God’s will daily.
    Romans 10:9-10🙏
    1 Corinthians 15
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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    Structures Simplified

    January 6, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Great message and certainly a good practice to implement!

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    Kennedy Williams

    January 6, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Making money online has been a systematic approach for the day situation and it always advisable to use the most viable and efficient system to achieve your aim either in blogging, trading or buy and sell trades, I am currently into bitcoin day trading, one of the world’s leading currencies ever since the outbreaks, a lot of people criticised the falling of bitcoins and I just laughed them, because right now Bitcoin has a very good and strong resistence and i made € 50,000 in 2months from cryptocurrencies, it was easy, fast and adaptive, I work from home and and I am getting help from Mr Dangred who has been really supportive with his mentoring and strategies day trading, this is why i am sharing this to also get awareness to the world in large for Dangred contact on how to trade easily, you can add his WhatsApp
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      Castillo Williams

      January 6, 2021 at 6:52 pm

      In spite of the pandemic I have about 130k in my investment account and $3000 at least every month as dividends and profits generally, I’m 29 years old. Started working at 22 and I always like to save. I have 201k, paid my car in full, savings account and 2 investment account as well, working as an agent/realtor making around 90k -100k a year

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      Donald J

      January 6, 2021 at 6:56 pm

      Nice video, meanwhile I held stock for long time and invested in Bitcoin am 49 years old and I’ve about 130k investment ln spite the pandemic. However it’s really a life changer.

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    Amy Kay

    January 6, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    No, she did not just say she’ll call the characters Belial and Brenda? Did I hear that correctly?

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    Karmen

    January 6, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    They took her job away from her, but not her inner peace. This video was a beautiful reminder to stay strong.

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    True Crime Queen TV

    January 6, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    2021 WILL BE WAY BETTER THAN 2020! 😉🙌🙏😇❤️

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    Thảo Ngân Lâm

    January 6, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Nothing ever easy.

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    Unlock Your Potential Alhasan. S

    January 7, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Thank you for this amazing message

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    Lucy Price

    January 7, 2021 at 1:49 am

    She is absolutely right!! I know exactly what this is like. I’m still glad I did what I did, more than 10 years later. I will choose integrity every time.

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    Lowell Bellinger

    January 7, 2021 at 2:07 am

    There’s too many bystanders in the fight for our environment

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    Elite Hawk

    January 7, 2021 at 9:09 am

    goog

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    January 7, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Your lovely hard works god gift works your talents your happy works mind belive your husband’s next gold mother guides scientific minds your chennal Everest highstest honestly thousands mother

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    January 7, 2021 at 12:01 pm

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    Ligia Sommers

    January 7, 2021 at 3:48 pm

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    BuddyCBuddy

    January 7, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Wowza, did they break this into multiple parts or was that the shortest non explanation of this bystander effect.

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    layla yang

    January 7, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Strong lady! You are great lady !

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    DrWex YouTube

    January 9, 2021 at 12:29 am

    This is not a “how to” talk; it’s a “do it” talk.

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    AMBASSADOR OF GOD RODRIGUEZ 101

    January 10, 2021 at 1:34 am

    I like this The message is real Yes be honest stand for the truth speak for the truth

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    AMBASSADOR OF GOD RODRIGUEZ 101

    January 10, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Speak up speak for the Truth Be bold And Be courageous and be yourself the choice is in your hands

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