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Change management

Listen to a consultant talking about the basic stages of the change process and the people in a change management team.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.


Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hi Papas,

It's also possible to use modal verbs (e.g. 'will', 'might', 'should') and semi-modal verbs like 'need' before the main verb 'be' in sentences with 'there' as a dummy subject.

The Cambridge Dictionary's page on Dummy subjects also has a number of examples that could be useful for you.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, teachers and colleagues!
I’m not sure about this sentence: There needs to be a way to collect feedback.
Is the word “there” the subject of this sentence?
Thank you for paying attention.

Hello Papas,

Yes, that's right -- 'there' is the subject of this sentence. It's called a dummy subject.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

nice task

I would like to know if my opinion is written in a right way. Thanks
I think it’s always difficult to introduce an organisational change in a company even when there is a good reason to change. Most of people are resistant to change because it’s easier to follow the same old way but the management team should be able to comunicate all the employees both youngers and experienced ones the real motivations and adavantages resulting for change and help them to cope with it.

Hello Ulisse,

I'm afraid we don't provide corrections of texts., but I can say that I understood it with no problems and there are no serious errors in it. If you have a specific question about a specific sentence, please feel free to ask us.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Why are people sometimes resistant to change?

I think because they are in a comfort zone and they don't want to asimilate something new just because they think it is not necessary or even helpful.

What kind of changes have you experienced in the place where you work or study?

I experienced things like the change of my boss, rellocation of the office, remodelation of some work places.

in the sentence (and there must be a real business need reason in order to change current practice) is not a real business subject and need verb therefore we say needs instead of need
thank you

Hello ahmed mohamed salem,

That's good thinking, but no, 'need' is a noun in this sentence. 'a real business need reason' is the noun phrase subject of the verb 'there must be' (which is the verb 'there is' used with the modal verb 'must').

This noun phrase is a bit unusual. Normally 'need' and 'reason' don't go together like this. If this was a written text, I'd change it to 'real business need' or 'real business reason', which express the same idea, really.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

In the initial start up days, the number of activities happen use to be very less, hence we were recording all our activities by pen and note books, over the period of time our activities started increasing so we were forced to appoint new employees to take care of additional jobs. Some of the new employees brought different culture to the organisation that has forced to change our working pattern what ever we were doing.
Slowly computer came, we were forced to move from manual pattern of work to digital, initially we were very much afraid of moving the job from manual to digital thinking in digital we will not be able to remember the way we use to remember the things in manual and also we were all afraid of losing our job,.Hence we were not supporting initially but slowly management team understood our fear and helped us in removing the doubts.
Later, our sales expanded exponentially , we became managers by the time, during that point of time data become very important, hence we moved from simple systems to ERP systems. In the organisational level several changes happened because of ERP implementation.
So change is the one thing that does not change