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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Lyle: How to break bad management habits before they reach the next generation of leaders

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So now the question is, where does John start? If I were John, I'd ask to start ______ the plane. For my 13th birthday, my grandpa, a former Navy pilot, gave me the gift of being able to fly a very small plane. Once we were safely airborne, the _____ turned over the controls, folded his hands, and he let me fly. It was totally terrifying. It was ____________, but it was also on-the-job ________ with a ______ net. And because it was real, I really learned how to do it myself. Likewise, in the workplace, every meeting to be led, every decision to be made can be a practice flight for someone who could really use the learning __________ and the ______ to figure out how to do it their own way. So instead of caving, John needs to knock on Jane's door, propose a creative strategy for having the _______ without the eight pre-meetings, show her he's thought through the trade-offs and ask for her support to do it differently.

Solution

  1. pilot
  2. chance
  3. exhilarating
  4. flying
  5. learning
  6. meeting
  7. experience
  8. safety

Original Text

So now the question is, where does John start? If I were John, I'd ask to start flying the plane. For my 13th birthday, my grandpa, a former Navy pilot, gave me the gift of being able to fly a very small plane. Once we were safely airborne, the pilot turned over the controls, folded his hands, and he let me fly. It was totally terrifying. It was exhilarating, but it was also on-the-job learning with a safety net. And because it was real, I really learned how to do it myself. Likewise, in the workplace, every meeting to be led, every decision to be made can be a practice flight for someone who could really use the learning experience and the chance to figure out how to do it their own way. So instead of caving, John needs to knock on Jane's door, propose a creative strategy for having the meeting without the eight pre-meetings, show her he's thought through the trade-offs and ask for her support to do it differently.

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Important Words

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