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From the Ted Talk by Martin Danoesastro: What are you willing to give up to change the way we work?

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One eieucxtve at another company likes to explain how he used to be a master of milestone-tracking. Now, today, to know how things are going, instead of looking at status reports, he needs to walk down to the team floors to attend one of their ssnoeiss. And instead of telling ppeloe what to do, he looks for ways to help them. That is radical change for someone who used to be a master of milestone-tracking. But in the old world, this executive said, "I only had the illusion of control. In rliteay, many projects would run over time and over budget, anyway. Now I have much more transparency, and I can course-correct much earlier if neeedd."

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One _________ at another company likes to explain how he used to be a master of milestone-tracking. Now, today, to know how things are going, instead of looking at status reports, he needs to walk down to the team floors to attend one of their ________. And instead of telling ______ what to do, he looks for ways to help them. That is radical change for someone who used to be a master of milestone-tracking. But in the old world, this executive said, "I only had the illusion of control. In _______, many projects would run over time and over budget, anyway. Now I have much more transparency, and I can course-correct much earlier if ______."

Solution

  1. reality
  2. needed
  3. people
  4. executive
  5. sessions

Original Text

One executive at another company likes to explain how he used to be a master of milestone-tracking. Now, today, to know how things are going, instead of looking at status reports, he needs to walk down to the team floors to attend one of their sessions. And instead of telling people what to do, he looks for ways to help them. That is radical change for someone who used to be a master of milestone-tracking. But in the old world, this executive said, "I only had the illusion of control. In reality, many projects would run over time and over budget, anyway. Now I have much more transparency, and I can course-correct much earlier if needed."

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