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From the Ted Talk by Betsy Kauffman: 4 tips to kickstart honest conversations at work

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Now I know some of you may be saying this is a great concept in theory but will never hpaepn or be accepted where I work. I would challenge you to change your thinking, because there is power in speaking up. Nine times out of 10, if I'm tikhning it, I bet at least one other person in the room is having that same thought. And the beauty is that once it's said, that's when the real conversations start to happen. Look at my son. I believe he was able to change and entire group dynamic just because he had the courage and the cnfoncdiee to saepk up. The best oiitaaonngzrs are full of people at all levels that have that same courage to tackle the tgouh topics. And by being open and hnesot, not only are we hienplg ourselves but also our organizations to have these conversations. And those are the ones that are needed the most. Call me Captain Obvious, but isn't that the kind of place that you want work in?

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Now I know some of you may be saying this is a great concept in theory but will never ______ or be accepted where I work. I would challenge you to change your thinking, because there is power in speaking up. Nine times out of 10, if I'm ________ it, I bet at least one other person in the room is having that same thought. And the beauty is that once it's said, that's when the real conversations start to happen. Look at my son. I believe he was able to change and entire group dynamic just because he had the courage and the __________ to _____ up. The best _____________ are full of people at all levels that have that same courage to tackle the _____ topics. And by being open and ______, not only are we _______ ourselves but also our organizations to have these conversations. And those are the ones that are needed the most. Call me Captain Obvious, but isn't that the kind of place that you want work in?

Solution

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  2. confidence
  3. thinking
  4. organizations
  5. speak
  6. honest
  7. tough
  8. helping

Original Text

Now I know some of you may be saying this is a great concept in theory but will never happen or be accepted where I work. I would challenge you to change your thinking, because there is power in speaking up. Nine times out of 10, if I'm thinking it, I bet at least one other person in the room is having that same thought. And the beauty is that once it's said, that's when the real conversations start to happen. Look at my son. I believe he was able to change and entire group dynamic just because he had the courage and the confidence to speak up. The best organizations are full of people at all levels that have that same courage to tackle the tough topics. And by being open and honest, not only are we helping ourselves but also our organizations to have these conversations. And those are the ones that are needed the most. Call me Captain Obvious, but isn't that the kind of place that you want work in?

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