Making a decision

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

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

Transcript

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 gilbert le jeu 19/09/2019 - 08:34

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I have completed the following lessons of making decision , meeting old friend and work life balance. The level i chose was intermediate B1 listening

Soumis par senoritaj le jeu 19/09/2019 - 08:30

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I have completed the following lessons of An interview about listening skills, Making a Decision, and A phone call from a customer. The level that i chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Soumis par muhammad zainu… le mar 17/09/2019 - 09:22

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I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion, making a decision, and Making a Decision. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening."

Soumis par Haziqhardy le mar 17/09/2019 - 08:36

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I have completed the following lesson of making decision, An introduction to a lecture, work-life balance .The level that i chose was intermediate B1 Listening

Soumis par Haris le mar 17/09/2019 - 08:28

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I have completed the following lesson of A Making decision.the level that i choose was intermadiate B1 listening.

Soumis par Awang Idham le mar 17/09/2019 - 08:28

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I have completed the following lessons of A Making Decision.The level that I choose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Soumis par Widad Damia' le mar 17/09/2019 - 08:27

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I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion, Meeting an old friend , and Making a Decission. The level that I chose was intermediate B1 Listening.

Soumis par Izzah Athirah le mar 17/09/2019 - 08:26

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I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion, Meeting an old friend and Making a Decision. The level that I chose was intermediate B1 Listening

Soumis par hafiyaqil le mar 17/09/2019 - 07:45

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i have completed the lesson Making a Decision,the level i choose was B1 Intermidiate Listening

Soumis par hafiyaqil le mar 17/09/2019 - 07:44

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i have completed the lesson Making Decision

Soumis par Magedelabd le dim 15/09/2019 - 17:47

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Where I work , decisions are made following specific rules and regulations .

Soumis par kamicounciler le mar 10/09/2019 - 21:54

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well for now i work alone,so i make decisions myself.although a few years ago when i was working in a game studio,we used to have sessions for scheduling our projects and also a global report of company situation.usually our CEO would define a goal and a deadline and then he 'd ask the others to offer their thoughts about the best ways to do each phase.

Soumis par mehrazin le lun 02/09/2019 - 18:39

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Hi every body I work as sales marketing and public relations manager ,so i make my own decisions by taking the marketing goals and progressive objectivesHi every body I work as a sales marketing and public relations manager, so I make my own decisions by taking the marketing goals and profitable objectives into consideration. I also discuss and welcome new ideas, even I take rewards for each of my staff, who offer new and interesting and practical ideas to improve the work situation and make the work area more and more innovative before. But generally before taking any action in my workplace, I offer the opinions with my boss to get his confirmation and also to have a consult with him. Thank you very much indeed the learn english team , i appreciate your perfect effort . love you all Best wishes and good luck to you. Mehrazin

Soumis par pam89 le mar 13/08/2019 - 16:55

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Until few months ago, I managed an hotel with other partners. So, usually decisions were taken together after a discussion or if there wasn' time to discuss about it, by whom was more available in that moment.

Soumis par starfish2019 le lun 12/08/2019 - 13:38

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How are decisions usually made where you work? In our Logistics and Shipping Company, we have big hierarchy structure of the organization chart and decisions making. Normally, we have to follow our Company's President (The Big Boss) Goals, Targets and Policies. Afterward, our CEO also gives his specific instructions to all the branches, which is aligning with the President's objectives. Then we all have to follow and try to achieve the goals by completing various the tasks. Our branch GM also makes his own decisions by discussing the local situations and regional issues with us first to finalize. Then my turn to make smaller decisions as a Sales and Marketing Dept Manager. I also normally discuss with my team and follow by the Top Level Management's guidelines and policies to make my decisions.

Soumis par Kirk le dim 28/07/2019 - 01:10

En réponse à par corflz

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Hello corfiz

After you press the Finish button, you can press the Show Answers button to see the answers. In this case, the first option is the correct answer. All through the conversation, David wants a structure in the project and at the end says he thinks their decision is not a good one, although he will go along with it.

Does that make sense?

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par liliaveras le mar 16/07/2019 - 14:24

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In my work usually we decide the subjects together.

Soumis par Claudette Ndenzako le sam 13/07/2019 - 08:56

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As a teachers assistant, I don't get involved in any decision making. Once a month there is a teachers meeting with the managers to discuss any issues, projects in place or anything that needs input from everyone.

Soumis par elena68 le mer 26/06/2019 - 17:45

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Initially I try to review the lesson at home on my own. If I don't understand, I compare myself with other students to see what they understand. If I can't clarify my ideas in ths wayI ask the teacher .

Soumis par elena68 le dim 16/06/2019 - 06:57

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In the context where I work the most of the decisions are made by the top-down companies. As a coordinator I have to check that they are applied by workers. Decisions regarding organisation of the activities within my department are shared with my collaborators. I think that the involvment of the collaborators in the decisions in certain areas is fundamental to find out better solutions

Soumis par Andres Felipe … le sam 15/06/2019 - 04:34

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Hi there! I think there is something wrong with the task 2. I search for the others 4 questions but i can't find them and when i click on finish, it says that there are 4 unanswered questions. i can't understand what is going on!

Soumis par Kirk le sam 15/06/2019 - 10:45

En réponse à par Andres Felipe …

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Hello Andres

Please see my response to JaskaranKalra just below. The task works, it's just that you have to be careful when you move the answers into the boxes. There are two answers in each box and when you move the second answer into the box, you must click or press on the small hand inside the box. If you don't do that, your first answer moves back to the top of the task.

It's quite easy to do but a little difficult to explain, so if you need me to explain it in more detail to you, please let us know.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par JaskaranKalra le mar 11/06/2019 - 13:55

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There is a problem with task 2. I am able to see only 4 options but when i click on finish button, it shows that i have completed only 4 options out of 8. I have also tried to scroll but there are no further options to see. Thanks.

Hello JaskaranKalra

I'm sorry to hear that you've had a difficult time with this task.

I've just tried task 2 and it worked for me. Sometimes people find this kind of task difficult to complete because the words do not remain in the box where they put them. To avoid this, you have to always click or press on the small white hand (on the right side of each word or phrase) to both pick it up and leave it in the correct box.

It might also be a good idea to try viewing the page in another browser or on another device.

I hope that helps you, but please let us know if you still can't get it to work.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par liaben le dim 19/05/2019 - 16:20

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Where I work, there is a process to make a decisions, wich implies votting for the areas involved.

Soumis par Leo123 le mer 08/05/2019 - 07:40

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I work in a highly centralized organization. So the main decisions come directly from the headquarters.

Soumis par Dhivya Mahendran le mar 30/04/2019 - 08:25

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I made decisions usually in the working place through the structured way & discussed with my team members.

Soumis par Eman Omar le jeu 11/04/2019 - 17:05

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Hi! I have a problem in task 2 when I should match more than option to one group I can only add one answer! What should I do?

Soumis par Kirk le ven 12/04/2019 - 06:29

En réponse à par Eman Omar

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Hello Eman Omar What you have to do is always move the words by clicking or pressing on the small white hands in the top right corner of the word boxes. For example, if you already moved 'I agree with you on that point' into the 'Agreeing' box and you want to move 'That's right' to the box, you must click on the small hand in the top corner of the 'That's right' box and then you must click on the small hand in the top corner of the 'I agree with you on that point' box. Then it should move there. It sounds difficult but is quite easy once you see how it works. Please let us know if you have any more trouble with this, and sorry for the inconvenience! All the best Kirk The LearnEnglish Team
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