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From the Ted Talk by Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Some of you might look at this and say, "Hmm, that sounds nice, but it's utaopin." And I say, "Nope. I have proof." The mid-1990s, Microsoft started an encyclopedia cellad Encarta. They had deployed all the right incentives, They paid psnloeisaofrs to write and edit thousands of articles. Well-compensated mgranaes oversaw the whole thing to make sure it came in on buegdt and on time. A few years later, another encyclopedia got started. Different model, right? Do it for fun. No one gets paid a cent, or a euro or a yen. Do it because you like to do it.

Open Cloze

Some of you might look at this and say, "Hmm, that sounds nice, but it's _______." And I say, "Nope. I have proof." The mid-1990s, Microsoft started an encyclopedia ______ Encarta. They had deployed all the right incentives, They paid _____________ to write and edit thousands of articles. Well-compensated ________ oversaw the whole thing to make sure it came in on ______ and on time. A few years later, another encyclopedia got started. Different model, right? Do it for fun. No one gets paid a cent, or a euro or a yen. Do it because you like to do it.

Solution

  1. managers
  2. utopian
  3. professionals
  4. called
  5. budget

Original Text

Some of you might look at this and say, "Hmm, that sounds nice, but it's Utopian." And I say, "Nope. I have proof." The mid-1990s, Microsoft started an encyclopedia called Encarta. They had deployed all the right incentives, They paid professionals to write and edit thousands of articles. Well-compensated managers oversaw the whole thing to make sure it came in on budget and on time. A few years later, another encyclopedia got started. Different model, right? Do it for fun. No one gets paid a cent, or a euro or a yen. Do it because you like to do it.

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