Lesson 2 – Business culture

BEFORE CLASS

Please read the article:

https://hbr.org/2020/05/begin-with-trust

BEFORE OR AFTER CLASS

Please complete the activities below:

Vocabulary

Can you describe the meaning of these words/phrases using other words/synonyms?

  • skeptical
  • basic decency
  • self-inflicted
  • cold-blooded
  • misused
  • distorted
  • sincere
  • toxic
  • road map
  • undermine

Comprehension

Can you write a sentence using each of these words/phrases?

  • to reach out to…
  • to cast a ballot
  • …astonishingly disruptive
  • …to profit from…
  • …relative strangers
  • …unconsciously mask their true selves…
  • …real traction

Writing

Describe a company that you know which has a toxic culture. Why do you think its culture is toxic? How could this be changed? You can describe your own personal experience or, something you have read or heard about in the media.