Making a decision

Listen to a meeting in which colleagues make a decision to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Jani: Thanks for coming, everyone. So, we're here today to define the timeline for our new project.

Emiko: Yes, Jani, that's a great idea.

Carolina: OK. What do you need from us?

Emiko: Hold on a moment. I think we need to decide between us what to do, to make sure it works for all departments.

Jani: Yes, exactly, don't worry. We're going to discuss this and make a decision together. Let's first think about the scheduling of each project phase. What do you think, Emiko?

David: Can I interrupt? I think we should first be clear about the process we'll use to make the decision. How are we going to do it?

Jani: Ah, yes. Good point. Well, I think the best way is for each of you to give your opinion and then we can discuss and make a decision.

David: OK. That sounds good.

Emiko: Yes, that works for me too. I know we're still planning the structure of the later phases of the project, but I think we should begin phase one as soon as possible. We can work out the rest later, as we go along.

David: I'm sorry, I don't think so. How can we start phase one if we're not fully clear on where the rest of the project will take us? We might make a wrong decision and waste time.

Jani: I agree with you on that point, David. However, we'll waste too much time if we wait until everything is planned before we actually start working on the project. I think we should take an agile approach.

David: Agile approach?

Jani: Well, it means that we start quickly and then adapt as we go along.

Emiko: That's right.

Jani: Carolina, you've been very quiet.

Carolina: Um … I'm sorry. I didn't want to interrupt. I'm listening … and thinking.

David: Do you agree we should get the plan right first, and then start with phase one?

Carolina: I'm sorry, David. I don't think I agree with you. It's important to have a good plan. But plans can change, even the good ones – and business changes often. We need to be flexible, and we also need to move quickly.

Jani: OK. So should we take a vote?

Emiko: Well, you're the project leader. Let's go with your decision.

Carolina: Yes, I'll follow your lead, Jani.

David: Well, I guess that's decided then. We'll follow your agile approach, Jani. Start quickly and keep planning the later stages of the project.

Jani: Yes, that's right.

David: I still don't think this is the right decision, but I'm happy to go with the majority. We should add some space into the schedule later for additional work this 'flexibility' will need.

Jani: Don't worry, David, we will. OK, so it's decided then. We'll start phase one as soon as possible, and in the background we'll continue planning the later phases and adapt them as we go along.

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Soumis par Suraj paliwal le ven 08/10/2021 - 15:40

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In there, usually all decisions are taken by Boss or director. Staff is just working there. They don't involve everyone to make decisions. I think all companies,firms, corporation and institutions decisions are taken by higher authority.

Soumis par Stela Stoycheva le jeu 05/08/2021 - 14:41

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In my opinion in my profession never the staff can`t take decision or to be ask for his opinion... Most of the time we`re like a slave :/ :( which is really bad

Soumis par iEdd le jeu 15/07/2021 - 17:10

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I respect authorities, so I follow what they decide in the institutions I am. But, when I have the chance to decide or make suggestions about the group where I work, I try to gather all the opinions and seek for the best to everyone. It's hard to achieve that, but at least all the voices have room to be considered.

Soumis par Suraj paliwal le dim 18/04/2021 - 07:01

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I'm a student currently but I discuss project work given by professor. He make five students in a group. We are discussed about our topic and do survey. it's very intersting for me.

Soumis par German le mar 09/03/2021 - 01:21

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The decisions are made usually in vote and we like to discuss and to choose the best that we consider in consensus.

Soumis par mo-tarik le lun 08/03/2021 - 19:59

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Generally, decisions are made by discussing and ask everyone to give his opinion and then vote to choose which one you're adopting. On the other hand, some people follow their leader's decision. They still share their opinions but the last word is their leader.

Soumis par Abrarhussain le mar 09/02/2021 - 08:35

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In our job place usually we make decisions through the majority of opinions. This is why most of our decisions become more sucessfull.

Soumis par cittàutopica le lun 08/02/2021 - 12:05

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How are decisions usually made where I work? Given that it's in a public institution, it depends of the level of the choices, that is if the choice concerns the politicians or the general management office or the middle managers.

Soumis par Aroooma le mer 27/01/2021 - 17:13

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I don't have a work currently,but in the past when I was in the university , I and my discuion group spok together about some projucts at our free time , actually that was freindly discussion with laugh and eat something

Soumis par El Cuy Mágico le jeu 21/01/2021 - 21:07

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I am a student now but I could work one year ago in events organization. My boss used to make all decisions. However, he also used to ask to us for suggestions.

Soumis par marlio96 le jeu 21/01/2021 - 03:03

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I work at a Laboratory of Soils and I'm an employee so I don't participate in the taking of decisions but my opinions are very important and often they are taken into account. Actually, the decisions are taken by the main engineer and the technician, they get together in a meeting and make the decisions.

Soumis par omardad le mar 19/01/2021 - 04:22

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Here in my workplace, usually the decision is made by relevent project staffs who involve reporting and evaluating the project consequences and outcomes.

Soumis par Dariusz le lun 18/01/2021 - 22:01

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I am a boss for myself, so the decisions are made by me.

Soumis par Elham Barakat le sam 09/01/2021 - 21:19

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The decision is made by the Head manager without discussion or taking opinions from others. It's Centralized decisions.
Yes, that's right. It would be better to discuss the project or topic and take the opinions of all members who took part in the meeting to assure consensus.

Soumis par M19 le jeu 31/12/2020 - 14:15

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Where I work, the majority of them are protocol guided. Those that need critical or urgent evaluation like the ethical dilemmas, the involvement of the ethical team and sometimes law enforcement is necessary. In most cases on a routine basis, it's usually the case manager and all interdisciplinary team leaders who meet to work on individual issues of each client.

Soumis par Saad786 le mar 29/12/2020 - 15:47

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When I work, I always like to take decisions by expressing my views with family members and friends. Then i take their opinions to make final decision.

Soumis par javibuendi le mer 04/11/2020 - 10:49

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In the company where I´m currently working we discuss decisions through dialogue. My coordinator and I are in sync about everything that happens at work, and we share opinions with each other in order to solve problems. Cheers from Madrid.

Soumis par Ugulhan le lun 19/10/2020 - 16:02

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We make also some project decisions at the work, even at study. To develop our project work every one of the team members is very active while making a decision. All decisions will be accepted by the team leaders, and if it needs to adapt for them then the team leader can be concluded to the best ones.

Soumis par habibao.medo le jeu 15/10/2020 - 10:23

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in our school the decisions is made by voting

Soumis par cassiamattos2013 le mar 06/10/2020 - 19:13

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Where I'm working at the moment, the decision made after to read the majority team. My boss is very competent and he knows to give his opinion and to listen to other opinions about anything. In my company, peoples are more important and everybody know to make the better decision I think because they feel happy and security to telling about what they think.

Soumis par danisep le dim 20/09/2020 - 00:54

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When I was working my boss just give the order and I change everything with the aim to get a better performance and hand in the best results.

Soumis par IBRAHIM HAMID le jeu 03/09/2020 - 15:21

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Where I work the decisions made according to the type of decision, sometimes the manager follow structured approach and agile approach in other times.

Soumis par Rinaa le mar 25/08/2020 - 22:39

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Our team leader discusses the best choice with all of us and after considering the suggestion from us, the team leader makes the best decision. So the main decision is made from Team leader, but we are free to add any ideas and to ask detail information about; how long the project will last, which is our role in the project and how much they are going to pay us for our job that has to be done.

Soumis par Asni le sam 15/08/2020 - 23:45

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Sorry, I thought the discussion was about management project approaches. About decisions , we used to discuss them first, share opinions about every suggestion, and if we failed to all agree on something, we ended up taking a vote.

Soumis par Asni le sam 15/08/2020 - 22:35

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When I was at university, we followed agile methodology when developing projects, because it was more effective and flexible. In software engineering, the customer doesn't often have clear ideas about what he needs, he might know the main features and objectives of the system he'd like, but his requirements may change throughout the project execution, that's why adopting an agile approach is the best decision in such a case.

Soumis par Hennadii le sam 01/08/2020 - 18:11

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It obviously depends on the situation. Of course, every company wants to have a plan before the project starts. You have to know what human and material resources you need to get the job done. And, clearly, you should know how long the project will last. But, as usual, unpredictable situations happens. So, you need the plan, the good one, but no matter how good it is if you can't adapt it to the appeared conditions

Soumis par senes19 le mar 28/07/2020 - 14:21

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Hello Kirk, Now i don't work with another people. When I worked in a English Learning Course, we would make a meeting to take a decision. Our vital aims is to be induce new students to enroll to our course. In our meeting, generally the boss would explain our mission to reach to the goals. And then we could say something about the project and our tasks. Sometimes we could interrupt and add our thoughts. But mostly decision are made by boss and her close friends.

Soumis par Miho Watanabe le lun 20/07/2020 - 08:22

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I work part-time at a drug store, so our owner usually decide a lot of things. But in my college, we can decide almost things by ourselves, so we exchange our opinions, and make a majority decision. I think to decide by majority is very easy, but to be influenced by majority is a little bad, so having own opinion is very important.

Soumis par Sharif Tayyebi le mer 08/07/2020 - 20:05

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In our university it completely depends on the objective of decision which we should make. For example, if we want to make schedule for next semester, the dean of faculty and his/her assistant console with professors and assistant professors and then make schedule. Making schedule of mid term tests and so on are the same as scheduling for semesters. But it differs for each professor. Everyone has three kinds of programs which are named daily, monthly, and semestrial. Professors make these schedules based on the subject of his/her course and the statutes of university. If I compare them to process which is discussed above, they are probably very different. For example, course policy should be made at the beginning of each semester. Therefore, I think we usually make structured decisions which is stated by David, and we slightly use agile planing. Regards, Tayyebi

Soumis par Mario91DandreaC le jeu 18/06/2020 - 18:47

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In the office where I work, we usually share our perspective or opinion about a specific topic, listening to all the perspectives and in the end, our boss makes a final decision with the best opinions or perspectives that we already gave in the discussion.

Soumis par Austin le mer 27/05/2020 - 09:32

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In my workplace, all decisions made by our department supervisors however they will ask and collect our opinions first, and then they will get approval from our manager, eventually, we will have a briefing of the action or decisions that they made to let us know.

Soumis par conejo le lun 04/05/2020 - 02:33

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In my Job, decissions are very centered on few people, because in the public sector, there are a lot of reviews for each project and budgets.

Soumis par rerre le mar 28/04/2020 - 00:27

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My coordinator asks our opinion and decides alone what to do.

Soumis par rerre le dim 26/04/2020 - 20:44

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Hi! Emiko says: "we need to decide between us", but the correct way would be "among us". Am I wrong? Thank you

Soumis par Peter M. le lun 27/04/2020 - 06:49

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Hi rerre,

In this context youl could use between us, among us or amongst us. All are correct and there is no difference in meaning.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par OlaIELTS le ven 24/04/2020 - 12:04

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Where I work decisions are made by the top management and then communicated to employees.

Soumis par JuanManuelLopezGil le mar 21/04/2020 - 01:04

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There are three forms: 1. After of analysed a research. 2. Based us in previous experiences. 3. Taking in count development of process.

Soumis par Nikolaos Stavr… le mer 01/04/2020 - 12:06

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Hi!! Usually, everybody is giving their opinion and then we can discuss and make a decision PS. Hello Kirk, I would like to ask you if the sentence below is correct? '' The coronavirus interrupted my business." Thank you

Soumis par Peter M. le jeu 02/04/2020 - 07:51

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Hi Nikolaos Stavrianakis,

Your sentence is grammatically correct. However, since the situation is still ongoing the present perfect is probably better: The coronavirus has interrupted my business.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par shahhoseini le lun 02/03/2020 - 15:00

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How are decisions usually made where you work? For some consideration, I prefer not to respond to your question. But in my opinion, a successful company must have an intelligent leader, a creative team, and good plans.

Soumis par Dieudonné le sam 28/12/2019 - 11:37

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It is not easy to make a decision in a work team, but it is the good way if we want to avoid bad surprises and get control of what we are doing and what we expect. Fortunately, as smart as team leaders are, they discuss together to choose one way and work on it. That allows every member of the team to contribute to the finale decision.

Soumis par tooran le lun 07/10/2019 - 09:18

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In the company which I work we have meeting to make decision, some times we have consecutive meeting discuses about same project. Although consulting is a great idea, some time it takes our time even we may forget about the goal of sessions. Some how I agree to taking an agile approach so in some cases we can start and work out in rest of project later, as we go along.

Soumis par Steve Zarv le mer 25/09/2019 - 17:13

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I don't have a job but what I have seen in the institute where I have been studying is that the desitions are frequently addressed by the principal in a gathering which is previously scheduled regarding to the strengths and weaknesses seen both of teachers and students throughout the term time.Such desitions are held in an approach stated in researches of the field that comprises the framework of language adquisition, which is taken by the research department.Therefore the gatherings are approached to give the guides and talk over about the progress seen.

Soumis par farah adila le sam 21/09/2019 - 06:55

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i have completed the following lesson of making decision, meeting an old friend and a weather forecast. The level i chose was B1 intermediate Listening

Soumis par esthertimbong le jeu 19/09/2019 - 10:30

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I have completed the following lessons of a student decision, A weather Forecast, and Making a Decision. The level I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.