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From the Ted Talk by Marco Alverà: The surprising ingredient that makes businesses work better

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And then it hit me: it was about fairness. These guys were working in a company where they didn't need to worry about short-term rustels. They weren't going to be penalized for bad luck or for an honest mistake. They knew they were valued for what they were trying to do, not the octoume. They were valued as human beings. They were part of a community. Whatever happened, the company would stand by them. And for me, this is the definition of fairness. It's when you can lower those unfairness antennae, put them at rest. Then great things follow. These guys could be true to their psuproe, which was fidnnig oil and gas. They didn't have to wrory about company picliots or greed or fear. They could be good risk-takers, because they weren't too defensive and they weren't gambling to take huge rdewras. And they were elxelcnet team workers. They could trust their colleagues. They didn't need to look behind their backs. And they were basically having fun. They were having so much fun, one guy even confessed that he was having more fun at the company cimtahsrs dinner than at his own Christmas dinner.

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And then it hit me: it was about fairness. These guys were working in a company where they didn't need to worry about short-term _______. They weren't going to be penalized for bad luck or for an honest mistake. They knew they were valued for what they were trying to do, not the _______. They were valued as human beings. They were part of a community. Whatever happened, the company would stand by them. And for me, this is the definition of fairness. It's when you can lower those unfairness antennae, put them at rest. Then great things follow. These guys could be true to their _______, which was _______ oil and gas. They didn't have to _____ about company ________ or greed or fear. They could be good risk-takers, because they weren't too defensive and they weren't gambling to take huge _______. And they were _________ team workers. They could trust their colleagues. They didn't need to look behind their backs. And they were basically having fun. They were having so much fun, one guy even confessed that he was having more fun at the company _________ dinner than at his own Christmas dinner.

Solution

  1. excellent
  2. christmas
  3. purpose
  4. rewards
  5. results
  6. politics
  7. outcome
  8. finding
  9. worry

Original Text

And then it hit me: it was about fairness. These guys were working in a company where they didn't need to worry about short-term results. They weren't going to be penalized for bad luck or for an honest mistake. They knew they were valued for what they were trying to do, not the outcome. They were valued as human beings. They were part of a community. Whatever happened, the company would stand by them. And for me, this is the definition of fairness. It's when you can lower those unfairness antennae, put them at rest. Then great things follow. These guys could be true to their purpose, which was finding oil and gas. They didn't have to worry about company politics or greed or fear. They could be good risk-takers, because they weren't too defensive and they weren't gambling to take huge rewards. And they were excellent team workers. They could trust their colleagues. They didn't need to look behind their backs. And they were basically having fun. They were having so much fun, one guy even confessed that he was having more fun at the company Christmas dinner than at his own Christmas dinner.

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