Talking about rumours

Listen to two people talking about a colleague to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Will: Kiera, have you heard John isn't coming back and they might even fire him?

Kiera: No! I knew he was away but I thought it was for personal reasons?

Will: I'm pretty sure that's not the full story. Have you ever worked with him?

Kiera: A long time ago, but … well, I've heard stories about him for years.

Will: I've never worked with him directly but I know people that have and they say he was always shouting and screaming, threatening to fire people. And Susanne told me he took credit for one of her ideas. She had this idea for a project and she brought it up at the monthly creative workshop and he liked it – everybody did. But she saw the notes from the meeting and there was no mention of her name anywhere. John had agreed with her and repeated some of the things she said and the notes made it look like they were his ideas in the first place. He made her do all the work planning it, then when the project actually got started – it was that cars one – Susanne was moved to something else.

Kiera: It won an award, didn't it?

Will: Yeah, but Susanne didn't get to share it – there was zero recognition of her contribution. She was furious but she couldn't do anything about it. Not if she wanted to keep her job.

Kiera: Yeah, it's almost impossible to report people who are as high up as John is, or was.

Will: How did you find working with him, then?

Kiera: Well, you know what you said about him shouting at people? I've been in meetings with him and we all learned to keep our mouths shut. It was horrible. People were genuinely afraid of him.

Will: Did you ever see him stealing people's ideas?

Kiera: It was never that obvious. He was a genius. He had incredible vision but, you know, there was a whole team of people working with him. Not every single idea came from him and after a while it's not easy to say, 'Oh, this idea was mine and this idea was yours.' For me, the bigger problem was that you could be in his good books and then suddenly, with no explanation, you were out. And if you were out, life got very difficult.

Will: I heard women in particular had a hard time working with him.

Kiera: Yeah, well, like I said, you had to stay in his good books. So, if there was a comment that made you feel uncomfortable, you didn't say anything.

Will: Did that happen to you?

Kiera: Not to me, no, but we all knew … and no one said anything. And I was lucky I didn't have that much contact with him myself.

Will: They're doing a full investigation so I suppose a lot of these stories are going to come to light.

Kiera: I hope so. I really hope he's not coming back.

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Soumis par RuthYong le jeu 14/10/2021 - 05:07

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In my opinion, a good boss is someone who respects and understands the employees well. He or she will constantly give encouragement and feedback so that employees will improve in work. A bad boss, however, is someone who is rude and quick to judge towards the employees.

Soumis par Abrarhussain le ven 08/10/2021 - 23:58

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Positive and negative attitudes from a boss towards his employees makes the boss good or bad.

Soumis par Daudau0601 le lun 13/09/2021 - 04:00

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Personally, I think a good boss is a person who always gives motivation and encourages employees to do work hard. He also should praise his staff for their success and never takes credit for their ideas or anything like that. Besides, A good boss has to take lots of responsibilities for work, so he may be under pressure every time. But he shouldn't force his employees to be in his good books.

Soumis par Suraj paliwal le dim 25/04/2021 - 13:16

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I'm a student and I don't have experience working with boss but listen audio and read all comment I said that a good boss is being like a leader who always motivate people in the office, appreciate team's success, always polite to teams and don't credit for other work.

Soumis par kawa le mar 09/02/2021 - 21:19

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A good Boss can make the relationship between him/her and the employees very strong and based on respect and kindness so the boss should be kind and respectful enough to be a good boss. On the other side when a boss has no vision and gives negative feedback to employees and creates a high-stress work environment then we can call him/her bad boss

Soumis par El Cuy Mágico le lun 08/02/2021 - 23:27

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I think what makes a good or bad boss is the intelligence, lead ability and emotional intelligence. For me intelligence means do the right things at the right moment. Furthermore I feel a good boss need the ability to hold his team’s motivation even under stress. But the most important thing is that a good boss should lead whit the example. On the other hand, a bad boss is someone who simply don’t feel passion for what he does, thus he won’t respect neither his work place, nor his team, and so on.

Soumis par Omer123 le jeu 04/02/2021 - 06:59

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according to my opinion a good boss should manage and divide her/his team properly and he/she is should be a leader. also, he should look at his team with an understanding perspective, because ideas are constantly changing. nevertheless sometimes we can have some conflicts with each other and for this every employee and their colleagues should be considarate towards each other.

Soumis par Diogo1606 le sam 30/01/2021 - 00:54

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Good bosses usually are understandable and respectful to the workers, talking pacifically to them and making them understand when something is wrong.

Soumis par Saad786 le mar 05/01/2021 - 15:53

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A Good teacher should be qualified enough to teach students. He should keep difference between good and weak students. Teacher or Boss should be kind to his juniors or students so that they can learn from their teacher whole heartedly.

Soumis par Asni le jeu 10/12/2020 - 22:52

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In my opinion, a good boss should know his rights and obligations, make the right decisions at the right time, be able to lead his team effectively following an accurate strategy. Honesty, empathy, cleverness, respect and emotional intelligence are some of his qualities. Furthermore, he should be a qualified, skilled person and experienced in managing people. It is necessary for a boss to know how to motivate his people, recognize their work, demonstrate trust and be not only a boss who gives orders but also the mentor who inspires, helps and gives advice when it is necessary.

Soumis par DJ Singh le mer 02/12/2020 - 09:52

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A good bose must be a good leader, who leads his team and address them as equal. When someone does well in the team his/her responsibilities must be appreciated team's work so they can perform well their daily or given task happily. On the other hand, a bad boss who doesn't support or cheer for his/her team for their performance should not be a leader.

Soumis par danisep le mer 02/12/2020 - 02:00

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A good boss must be a coach, make his team able to take good decisions and fix problems by themselves, it must encourage his team, listen, learn and not get upset when the team are not agree with some of the ideas. It must be confidence and readiness. Like boss or a person in a high position could look scary to others in the company, likewise is really unfair and gets me mad when those people take advantage of his power and hurt people, steal his ideas or abuse them in any other way.

Soumis par javibuendi le jeu 26/11/2020 - 09:59

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I reckon a good boss is the one who is able to treat his/her employees as a leader and as a friend at the same time. Besides, he or she should be able to communicate with the rest of the team in an assertive way. Many times, they (bosses) are under preasure because they usually have huge responsabilities, and this fact makes that they treat you rudely. Cheers from Madrid.

Soumis par Ugulhan le sam 24/10/2020 - 11:28

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I do not agree with that if people in the workplace will take credit for other's ideas, even if he would be a boss in the office. Being in someone's good books would not help if the employee has not a creative idea. A genius Boss might be reached praises, but it doesn't mean you have to keep your mouth shut in front of him.

Soumis par mcambindo22 le jeu 01/10/2020 - 18:56

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According to the name, "Boss" is like a person that only given orders or assignments whereas a "Leader" is a person who act such as guide align to the company goals or team goals to improve their results in orden to get the best results, hence a good boss should be a leader, and having the skills and capabilities for their team walking successfully, is a person who harness the best skills in each one member of their team and help to find out better ways to the work.

Soumis par Hennadii le mar 22/09/2020 - 09:08

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Honestly, talking about good or bad boss' behaviour we talking about behaviour in general. I don't think a "good" boss act opposite in his private life or a "bad" boss becomes such a lovely person outside the office. Of course, I don't mean professional qualifications. If one's doesn't skilled enough to cope with the bank or factory, just because he/she doesn't have much experience and knowledge, he will be a bad boss, no matter how kind and wise he is. You just must be quite confident in that sphere you're working in. But, irrespective of your readiness as a professional, you have to know how to communicate with people. No one can do one's work by oneself. And even if your job doesn't need a teamwork, you anyway can't escape interaction with others. So, the main point of being a "good boss" is communication. The good one has to be qualified (to make the right decisions), fair, and convincing. The good boss also has to know how motivate people and even better ру has to know how to point out some errors tactful way.

Soumis par fahri le lun 17/08/2020 - 15:45

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Dear team. From the lesson above. Kiera: It won an award, didn't it? The question: Pronoun 'it' refers to 'idea of kiera' or refers to John???? The second: About 'it' as dummy subject or object. https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar-reference/it-and-there-as-dummy-subjects The question: Anything of 'it' from this lesson as dummy subject or object??? Thank you very much for your answer

Hi fahri,

  • It won an award, didn't it?

It refers to 'the project', which was mentioned by Will in the previous sentence. 

I can't find any examples of it as a dummy subject or object in this transcript.

Best wishes,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Razan Mahairy,

Thank you for your kind words. It's great to know we're helping people.

 

A quick note on the vocabulary: when you copy phrases that you want to learn/remember, make sure you copy them correctly! You made a few errors:

to take credit for something (not a credit)

to be in someone's good books (not book)

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Somaia Abueta le mer 10/06/2020 - 06:04

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Not carrying the responsibility is What makes the boss bad. Many of them do not endure their mistakes, they put it on others back and when success comes out they took it for themself.

Soumis par WillyWolf le ven 05/06/2020 - 14:21

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Bosses should be leaders. They must encourage and motivate their workers to get the best result with all efficiency. Creating a good relationship between workers and bosses is the key to have a great work atmosphere. Everybody may have a bad day, that's because bosses could get angry for silly things, but workers are humans, we generally don't like when someone is shouting at us, so supporting workers must have a lot of importance for being a good leader.

Soumis par ayoubr84 le dim 31/05/2020 - 16:33

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a good boss should be a real leader who can inspire motivate and support his employers , moreover , he's supposed to be competent , and clear-headed about the way of leading his employers in order to increase productivity and achieve company's goals. more than that a boss should take care of his employers and be aware of there problems , and be engaged to find solutions for them , by way of conclusion a real boss represents a combination of professional and human qualities .

Soumis par sandy le lun 25/05/2020 - 12:08

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what makes a good boos is communication and respect his employees , and never look down at his employees especially if its a woman

Soumis par cadu le ven 15/05/2020 - 00:22

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A good boss listen and give awards for the job good done. He has all the team in his good books because build confidence and give feedback. The good boss search new scenarios for the development of his team, recognize his emotions and act with example.

Soumis par Navreet Bhardwaj le jeu 14/05/2020 - 10:08

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Hello teachers, While I was writing my comment I was wondering how can I say 'a good boss', 'a bad boss' , ' employees' and 'colleagues' in different ways. I mean, can you tell me some synonyms of these words or please link me to any page or website where I can learn them. In addition, please tell all of us how can we learn synonyms easily. Thank you

Hello Navreet Bhardwaj

You can often find synonyms in a good online dictionary, e.g. Cambridge or Longman. You can also search for synonyms and antonyms in a thesaurus, though please note that not all synonyms are appropriate in every situation. I'm afraid there is no quick and easy way to learn synonyms -- the best way is to read as much as you can.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Navreet Bhardwaj le jeu 14/05/2020 - 10:01

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In my opinion, there are plathora of indispensable features that a good boss should have and some of them are more crucial than the other ones. First of all, a good boss should have great vision to forecast the trends for the betterment of the company. In this way, he can set some goals, give profit warnings and many other efforts to increase the profit margin. Effective communication skills are quintessential while talking about a good boss. If a boss has this skill in his skill set, he can give clear instructions to his employees which in turn will save several human resources like money time and energy. Finally, a good boss should keep both his employees and colleagues motivated. By this, he can encourage them to achieve short-term and long-term goals set by the company. On the other hand, a bad boss, undoubtedly, lacks all these skills. Moreover, he doesn't have good relationship with his fellow workers and employees.

Soumis par OlaIELTS le lun 11/05/2020 - 17:22

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What makes a good and bad boss are highlighted below: Good Boss Attributes. - Being visionary in contexts to firm's objective. - Have good communication skill to work with subordinates. - Interacts professionally with subordinates. - Delegates authority. - Supervising, monitoring and evaluating task with the spirit of team working with subordinates. - Motivates its subordinates. Bad Boss Attributes. - Lack good communication skills in dealing with subordinates. - Lacks vision. - Hostile and harsh relationship with subordinates. - No delegation of authority. - Lacks motivational skills.

Soumis par anasolis le mer 22/04/2020 - 11:17

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In my opinion John wasn't a good boss. Why would a boss steal ideas from his own workers to keep the benefit for himself? I understand that everyone has a different way to think but he didn't really think about it. Letting that girl make her project and winning the award would have made the business look much better. Also, why does he need to scream and shout? I think he is just a selfish person that wants to be the best and doesn't accept others progress. It's good that he gets fired, maybe he will learn about it and he will change.

Soumis par Wesley54 le sam 18/04/2020 - 23:56

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In my opinion a good boss is never allowed to exclude their coworkers and has to take their whole points of view. Besides, he must be thorough with the relationship to their teammates and help them in case there would be a difficulty. However, his main role must never be put into doubt, since he must be able to lead their teamwork through decision-making and attend to frequent meetings, as section as company ones.

Soumis par Aina Menéndez le mer 15/04/2020 - 17:23

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In my opinion what makes a good boss is the ability to comprehend the people who are working for you. I also think that is important to not make feel workers are inferior or that their opinion doesn’t count, listening is important!

Soumis par Bunga le ven 03/04/2020 - 09:21

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What's make a good or bad boss is how they treat her team and how boss facing the problem in the team. A good boss have a good integrity.

Soumis par yoyoraw le sam 28/03/2020 - 14:58

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what makes a boss a good one is the way he treats his employees so first he has to have great manners in talking and dealing with others plus he should give attention to his employees problems and complaints .

Soumis par OlaIELTS le mar 24/03/2020 - 00:15

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A good boss must be logical having a strong mind with a team work attribute aided by an interpersonal skills and an effective communication skill in mobilizing other subordinates to achieve organizational goal while a bad boss possess none of this skills but rather demoralised which can lead to ruins of the firm.

Soumis par armando le mar 18/02/2020 - 06:35

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A good boss must be decent, gentleman, and he must respect his workers, if our boss respects all of us we will also respect him. Attention calls should not be made in front of classmates, I think you should call the person who made the mistake and speak privately with him.

Soumis par I P le ven 03/01/2020 - 21:16

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I think that the boss need to have authority at some point, but to give democratic atmosphere - to listen everyone and vaule them as a person, and everyone have to participate during project, and bring ideas, reaching throughout the their goal and achive it.

Soumis par Magedelabd le mer 11/12/2019 - 16:20

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What makes good boss is , he is a quit man , kind , fair and gentleman. What makes bad boss is nervous , unfair .

Soumis par HelianG le mar 26/11/2019 - 18:20

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I think that a good boss is who knows how to give feedback to his employees,recognize the work of his employees,also is important that he listen to his workers's complaints,otherwise,they will to have to deal with people like jhon and that is a huge problem because the others will not feel like giving their opinion or ideas which help to improve the business

Soumis par Leandro Aguilera le jeu 31/10/2019 - 15:28

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A good boss is who when you are wrong do not annoying with you, instead he teach you with the final pourpouse of you to develop better and in that way the company or the team group can reach the final aim.

Soumis par nikisyazwani le mer 02/10/2019 - 18:40

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I have completed the lesson for 'Talking about rumours'. The level I chose was Upper Intermediate B2.

Soumis par kamicounciler le lun 30/09/2019 - 13:51

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the least thing a good boss has is acting according to accepted laws and his commitments.also if he or she has a close relationship with others and a good understanding of their situation,that ll make him/her much better boss. on the other hand a bad boss is one that ignores his workers rights or worst, behave them inappropriately because he/she knows that they need the job and cant leave.

Soumis par Steve Zarv le ven 27/09/2019 - 17:20

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What makes whether a good or a bad boss is regarding to the approach given in the work atmosphere that developes either with interpersonal relationships and its success at its business, now, arguably, there is sometimes a common misconception which considers a boss as someone who should always be willing to get along with the staff, which is partly true but which is also relegated to people susceptibility to ignore (due to their own problems) that such possition comprises a requirement of several skills that the majority may not agree with as for instance being rude and strict.

Soumis par corflz le mar 10/09/2019 - 13:20

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Hello, "then when the project actually got started – it was that cars one – Susanne was moved to something else." What does 'it was that cars one' mean? Thanks in advance. Regards,

Soumis par Kirk le mar 10/09/2019 - 21:19

En réponse à par corflz

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Hello corflz

I'd say the speaker is specifying which project got started, i.e. it was the car project that got started just when Susanne was moved.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Morteza le mer 07/08/2019 - 07:37

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I think a good boss is who has a good behaviour, gives out assignments fairly, and doesn't take it upon themselves to interfere personal lives of employees. Also having a good relationship and open to constructive criticism are very crucial factors of a boss for a good collaboration with other colleagues.

Soumis par nikoslado le mar 25/06/2019 - 19:37

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Dear Team, I'd like to refer to Task1/third line:The correct answer is ''False'', because,in fact, Susanne was the original creator of the cars ideas, according to the transcript, or am I wrong?