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From the Ted Talk by Margaret Heffernan: Forget the pecking order at work

Unscramble the Blue Letters

An example: Arup is one of the world's most sescscfuul engineering firms, and it was commissioned to build the equestrian center for the Beijing Olympics. Now, this building had to receive two and a half taunsohd really highly sturng thoroughbred horses that were coming off long-haul fghltis, highly jet-lagged, not feeling their finest. And the problem the engineer confronted was, what quantity of waste to cater for? Now, you don't get taught this in engineering school — (Laughter) — and it's not really the kind of thing you want to get wrong, so he could have spent months tkainlg to vets, doing the research, tnewiakg the spreadsheet. Instead, he asked for help and he found someone who had dieengsd the jokcey Club in New York. The problem was solved in less than a day. Arup believes that the culture of helpfulness is central to their success.

Open Cloze

An example: Arup is one of the world's most __________ engineering firms, and it was commissioned to build the equestrian center for the Beijing Olympics. Now, this building had to receive two and a half ________ really highly ______ thoroughbred horses that were coming off long-haul _______, highly jet-lagged, not feeling their finest. And the problem the engineer confronted was, what quantity of waste to cater for? Now, you don't get taught this in engineering school — (Laughter) — and it's not really the kind of thing you want to get wrong, so he could have spent months _______ to vets, doing the research, ________ the spreadsheet. Instead, he asked for help and he found someone who had ________ the ______ Club in New York. The problem was solved in less than a day. Arup believes that the culture of helpfulness is central to their success.

Solution

  1. talking
  2. designed
  3. strung
  4. jockey
  5. tweaking
  6. flights
  7. successful
  8. thousand

Original Text

An example: Arup is one of the world's most successful engineering firms, and it was commissioned to build the equestrian center for the Beijing Olympics. Now, this building had to receive two and a half thousand really highly strung thoroughbred horses that were coming off long-haul flights, highly jet-lagged, not feeling their finest. And the problem the engineer confronted was, what quantity of waste to cater for? Now, you don't get taught this in engineering school — (Laughter) — and it's not really the kind of thing you want to get wrong, so he could have spent months talking to vets, doing the research, tweaking the spreadsheet. Instead, he asked for help and he found someone who had designed the Jockey Club in New York. The problem was solved in less than a day. Arup believes that the culture of helpfulness is central to their success.

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