Philip, CEO of IT company WebWare, can't believe what sales director Brian is telling him!


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Business notes

In this episode WebWare’s CEO Philip Hart sacks his Sales Director for underperforming. Philip uses 2 expressions to do this. The first is I’m going to have to let you go which is quite a gentle way of expressing the fact. The second is You’re fired, which is a little more direct.

There are even more ways to express this in English. Dismiss and discharge are both quite formal:

He was dismissed for turning up late on a regular basis.

The director was discharged of his duties.

Other less formal, but more colourful ways of saying the same thing are:

give someone the axe

give someone their cards

give someone the boot




I have a question.. according to my informations that we cannot use( it ) for people
we can say it is a desk
so why Philip said when he called Marcia : Hi Marcia .It,s Philip here
Why he didn,t say : Hi Marcia. I am Philip.

Hi Khaled v,

Generally you are correct that we do not use 'it' to refer to people. However, there are some exceptions to this rule and introducing yourself on the telephone is one of these. You can read more about this on this page.


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In Japan, it is impossible even for CEO to fire anybody only because he made a mistake. In Japan, once he/she is hired, he/she is able to work for the company until retired age, usually 60 years old. The only reason for a company to fire an employee is when he/she committed a crime.

It seems so cool there!

Oh my god ..I am sad for the poor Brian and I wish that his Manager gave him a last choice to support the company and to correct his mistake .
I watched the Video just only for one time . It didnt work again!

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