ТОП 10:

Read the dialogue, translate the Russian remarks into English and act it out.

- О, здравствуйте! Как тесен мир! Что вы здесь делаете?

- I'm a member of the РАСО delegation. We're here to discuss the reasons for our brand's failure in Britain.

- Да, нам действительно хотелось бы, чтобы работа с вашей компанией была более успешной.

- We do our best. We've always looked into the future. We have good management who applies progressive management principles, we...

- Мне кажется, вы отталкиваете от себя все новое, вы просто боитесь нового. В этом причина всех ваших неудач. Я прав или неправ?

- Don't break my heart. I admit that we're stuck on old products, but we saw their breakup coming from miles away.

- Да, но все меняется. То, что было хорошо 10 лет назад, не пользуется спросом сегодня. Однако вы ведь даже слышать об этом не хотите. На нашем заседании я как раз собирался говорить об этом. Ну, не буду вас больше задерживать.

- Should I give you a call? I'd like to tell you about my new ideas.

- Нет, не надо. Давайте лучше встретимся в кафе напротив.

- It's a deal. Bye.

- До свиданья.


Make up the dialogue according to the situation

Omnibot is an electronic device. Otherwise it is called the Electronic Butler. It wakes a businessman in the morning with his favourite music, brings him his morning tea with the daily paper and responds to his commands by remote control. In the office it shows visitors around the company and at parties it delivers hors d'ouvres to his surprised friends. It has a strong plastic body and quiet rubber wheels. It is very simple to operate.

Role l

You have come up with a new original product. You think it is a breakthrough in modern service and indispensable for a businessman both at home and in the office. But many colleagues are skeptical about it. Try to convince them that your idea is worthwhile and needs developing and promoting. Prove that your idea meets a need not catered for at present.

Besides you believe that your product may save the company and give it an advantage over the competitors. Give your recommendations how to finance the production and how to promote the product profitably. To make your idea a reality you need a sponsor who will back you up and facilitate its actual implementation.

Use your target vocabulary and these communication strategies:

- make a suggestion

- show the purpose of the action

- hypothsize

- say that you believe it will happen

- elicit agreement

Role 2

You are from the Production Department. You think that the idea is interesting but unrealistic. Nobody will support it. Your company is in an underwater position now. You have neither finances nor facilities to start the production. You should think of taking some cardinal measures to improve the situation. Ask provocative questions about the product characteristics and the timeliness of its production at the stage when the company is so weak. Come up with your own idea of solving the problem.

Use your target vocabulary and these communication strategies:

- express a wish

- say that you are unwilling to do smth

- say that it is not real

- express uncertainty which reflects your perception of the situation

- recommend an action


The results of the test

Test determines your style of leadership. The column under which the most answers fall represents your most typical way of handling command.

A stands for authoritarian. Your view is simple: you give the orders and others are supposed to carry them out. Impatient of human frailty, you will drive your employees relentlessly and will not tolerate inefficiency, what ever the reason for it. This is an old-fashioned attitude but one still in vogue with many corporations. The big brass may respect you as a good manager, but you're not likely to win a popularity prize from subordinates.

Dstands for democratic. You hesitate to exert authority and are solicitous of your employees' morale and self-respect. More of a chum than a boss, you're extremely popular with your staff and tend to spoil them a little. Your department may not be as efficient as some, but at least you keep everybody happy!

T is for team captain. Most experts on management regard your style of leadership as an ideal. Without relinquishing any of your authority, you work closely with your staff and keep morale and motivation high by involving them in the decision-making process and making them feel that each person's job is important as part of the team.

P is for passive. More of an administrator than a hands-on executive, you tend to avoid confrontation and human contact, preferring to set the policies, then let someone else carry them out. This can be an effective style of leadership, but to be successful, you'll need to surround yourself with a good number of capable and persuasive assistants.

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