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


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Task 1

Choose the correct answers to the questions.  


Task 2

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




really exited

I have never worked in a private company but personally, I think this CEO is very abusive. He can't fire an employee for just only one bad work. He is a boss but not a leader. A leader is someone who encourage his staff to work, who inspire his team member. On the contrary, the boss ask his staff for work and threaten to fire the employee. Bad future for DollarMart .

Unfortunately, the private sector is so cruel, it is a very common occurrence in the business world Also i experienced similar events.

Great. I will share this with colleagues.

Very helpful...

Very good work for listening practice

i'm really excited ...

Very interesting way to pratice our English