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From the Ted Talk by Sophie Williams: The rigged test of leadership

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The second reason, to paraphrase Kristin Anderson, who's a psychology professor at the University of Houston, is that in business, women might be seen as more dibaposlse, more expendable, and that means they make really good scapegoats. In that case, if your bssuines isn't doing well, bringing in a female laeedr could be a real win-win scenario. If she comes in and is able to make that transformational change, then great, your business is transformed. But if she's not, all of the blame is able to be put onto her shoulders, and she's able to get pushed out of the business, pushed over that cliff. Importantly, the research then swohs that she's more likely than not to be replaced by a whtie man, a move known as the "savior effect." And that savior effect signals to us, to sadeorrhlehs, investors, eeepmoyls, that the business is back in a safe pair of hndas. It’s back to business as usual. And really importantly, that new white male safe pair of hands is more likely to be given both the tools and the time necessary to suecced where the underrepresented person has failed.

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The second reason, to paraphrase Kristin Anderson, who's a psychology professor at the University of Houston, is that in business, women might be seen as more __________, more expendable, and that means they make really good scapegoats. In that case, if your ________ isn't doing well, bringing in a female ______ could be a real win-win scenario. If she comes in and is able to make that transformational change, then great, your business is transformed. But if she's not, all of the blame is able to be put onto her shoulders, and she's able to get pushed out of the business, pushed over that cliff. Importantly, the research then _____ that she's more likely than not to be replaced by a _____ man, a move known as the "savior effect." And that savior effect signals to us, to ____________, investors, _________, that the business is back in a safe pair of _____. It’s back to business as usual. And really importantly, that new white male safe pair of hands is more likely to be given both the tools and the time necessary to _______ where the underrepresented person has failed.

Solution

  1. white
  2. employees
  3. succeed
  4. leader
  5. shows
  6. hands
  7. shareholders
  8. business
  9. disposable

Original Text

The second reason, to paraphrase Kristin Anderson, who's a psychology professor at the University of Houston, is that in business, women might be seen as more disposable, more expendable, and that means they make really good scapegoats. In that case, if your business isn't doing well, bringing in a female leader could be a real win-win scenario. If she comes in and is able to make that transformational change, then great, your business is transformed. But if she's not, all of the blame is able to be put onto her shoulders, and she's able to get pushed out of the business, pushed over that cliff. Importantly, the research then shows that she's more likely than not to be replaced by a white man, a move known as the "savior effect." And that savior effect signals to us, to shareholders, investors, employees, that the business is back in a safe pair of hands. It’s back to business as usual. And really importantly, that new white male safe pair of hands is more likely to be given both the tools and the time necessary to succeed where the underrepresented person has failed.

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