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"From the Ted Talk by Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work"

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We all know this to be true, and you would never see a spontaneous meeting called by eoempyels. It doesn't work that way. The manager calls the meeting so the employees can all come together, and it's an incredibly disitupvre thing to do to people — to say, "Hey look, we're going to brnig 10 people together right now and have a meeting. I don't care what you're doing, you've got to stop doing it, so you can have this meeting." I mean, what are the chances that all 10 polpee are ready to stop? What if they're thinking about something inatpromt, or doing important work? All of a sudden you tell them they have to stop doing that to do something else. So they go into a meeting room, they get together, and they talk about suftf that doesn't really matter, usually. Because meetings aren't work. Meetings are places to go to talk about things you're supposed to be doing later.

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We all know this to be true, and you would never see a spontaneous meeting called by _________. It doesn't work that way. The manager calls the meeting so the employees can all come together, and it's an incredibly __________ thing to do to people — to say, "Hey look, we're going to _____ 10 people together right now and have a meeting. I don't care what you're doing, you've got to stop doing it, so you can have this meeting." I mean, what are the chances that all 10 ______ are ready to stop? What if they're thinking about something _________, or doing important work? All of a sudden you tell them they have to stop doing that to do something else. So they go into a meeting room, they get together, and they talk about _____ that doesn't really matter, usually. Because meetings aren't work. Meetings are places to go to talk about things you're supposed to be doing later.

Solution

  1. people
  2. employees
  3. bring
  4. stuff
  5. disruptive
  6. important

Original Text

We all know this to be true, and you would never see a spontaneous meeting called by employees. It doesn't work that way. The manager calls the meeting so the employees can all come together, and it's an incredibly disruptive thing to do to people — to say, "Hey look, we're going to bring 10 people together right now and have a meeting. I don't care what you're doing, you've got to stop doing it, so you can have this meeting." I mean, what are the chances that all 10 people are ready to stop? What if they're thinking about something important, or doing important work? All of a sudden you tell them they have to stop doing that to do something else. So they go into a meeting room, they get together, and they talk about stuff that doesn't really matter, usually. Because meetings aren't work. Meetings are places to go to talk about things you're supposed to be doing later.

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