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From the Ted Talk by Carla Harris: How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work

Unscramble the Blue Letters

It was the sipnrg of 1988 when I had the aha moment. I was at my first roundtable, and for those of you who don't know, the roundtable was a very commonly used phrase on Wall Street to describe the year-end evtvulaaie process for analysts, ascetiosas, vice pdrnsteies, all the way up to managing directors. That was the process where they were discussed behind closed doors around a table, i.e. the round table, and everyone was put into a cetagroy — the top bucket, the mdilde bucket, the lower bkecut — and then that was translated into a bouns range that would be assigned to each professional. This was my first time there, and as I observed, I saw that there was one person that was responsible for recording the outcome of a conversation. There were other people in the room that had the responsibility of presenting the cases of all the candidates. And there were other invited getsus who were supposed to comment as a candidate's position was presented. It was interesting to me that those other people were folks who were more senior than the flkos that were being discussed and they theoretically had had some interaction with those candidates.

Open Cloze

It was the ______ of 1988 when I had the aha moment. I was at my first roundtable, and for those of you who don't know, the roundtable was a very commonly used phrase on Wall Street to describe the year-end __________ process for analysts, __________, vice __________, all the way up to managing directors. That was the process where they were discussed behind closed doors around a table, i.e. the round table, and everyone was put into a ________ — the top bucket, the ______ bucket, the lower ______ — and then that was translated into a _____ range that would be assigned to each professional. This was my first time there, and as I observed, I saw that there was one person that was responsible for recording the outcome of a conversation. There were other people in the room that had the responsibility of presenting the cases of all the candidates. And there were other invited ______ who were supposed to comment as a candidate's position was presented. It was interesting to me that those other people were folks who were more senior than the _____ that were being discussed and they theoretically had had some interaction with those candidates.

Solution

  1. bucket
  2. presidents
  3. category
  4. folks
  5. bonus
  6. associates
  7. spring
  8. middle
  9. evaluative
  10. guests

Original Text

It was the spring of 1988 when I had the aha moment. I was at my first roundtable, and for those of you who don't know, the roundtable was a very commonly used phrase on Wall Street to describe the year-end evaluative process for analysts, associates, vice presidents, all the way up to managing directors. That was the process where they were discussed behind closed doors around a table, i.e. the round table, and everyone was put into a category — the top bucket, the middle bucket, the lower bucket — and then that was translated into a bonus range that would be assigned to each professional. This was my first time there, and as I observed, I saw that there was one person that was responsible for recording the outcome of a conversation. There were other people in the room that had the responsibility of presenting the cases of all the candidates. And there were other invited guests who were supposed to comment as a candidate's position was presented. It was interesting to me that those other people were folks who were more senior than the folks that were being discussed and they theoretically had had some interaction with those candidates.

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