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From the Ted Talk by Melinda Epler: 3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace

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Open Cloze

I hit the glass ceiling hard. It hurt like hell. While there were ______ ______, most of what ________ were little behaviors and patterns that slowly chipped away at my ability to do my work well. They ate away at my confidence, my __________, my capacity to ________. For example, my first presentation at the company. I walk up to the front of the room to give a presentation on the strategy that I believe is right for the company. The one they hired me to create. And I look around the room at my fellow __________. And I watch as they pick up their cell phones and look down at their laptops. They're not paying attention. As soon as I start to speak, the interruptions begin and people talk over me again and again and again. Some of my ideas are flat out dismissed and then _______ up by somebody else and championed. I was the only _____ in that room. And I could have used an ally.

Solution

  1. innovate
  2. happened
  3. executives
  4. brought
  5. bigger
  6. leadership
  7. woman
  8. issues

Original Text

I hit the glass ceiling hard. It hurt like hell. While there were bigger issues, most of what happened were little behaviors and patterns that slowly chipped away at my ability to do my work well. They ate away at my confidence, my leadership, my capacity to innovate. For example, my first presentation at the company. I walk up to the front of the room to give a presentation on the strategy that I believe is right for the company. The one they hired me to create. And I look around the room at my fellow executives. And I watch as they pick up their cell phones and look down at their laptops. They're not paying attention. As soon as I start to speak, the interruptions begin and people talk over me again and again and again. Some of my ideas are flat out dismissed and then brought up by somebody else and championed. I was the only woman in that room. And I could have used an ally.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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  2. ally
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  30. innovate
  31. interruptions
  32. issues
  33. laptops
  34. leadership
  35. patterns
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