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

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



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2



"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.

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


The LearnEnglish Team

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.

I think there're three aspects make a boss good or bad: personality, behaviour and ability. About his personality, it involves to his genuine characters that are built through long days and showed out by whether he is selfish, decisive, positive or introvert..etc. Next, his behaviour is how he connects with people who can be substitutes or are as high up as he is. What do they feel when working with him? Last, his ability is the way he work, the way he gathers people for a common goal or what he can do.
On other hand, it's easy to make a rumour to a boss but hard to be a good boss. Obviously, a boss always has a lot of rumour from his substitutes judging about anything he did to them. He is at a center for gossips in the workplace where the rumours become more if it is not highly democratic. But he has much stress under deadline jobs, higher grade bosses and customers that sometimes he can’t control his behaviours well all the time. If it's easy to be a boss, then everyone will be bosses.

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?

Hello nikoslado

Yes, you are right -- sorry for any confusion. I've fixed the exercise so that number 3 in Task 1 is false. Thanks for pointing this out to us!

Best wishes


The LearnEnglish Team

There are several factors by which a boss's function may be assumed as productive or destructive. If they delegated tasks to the staff, it would make them motivated and initiative. That means managers should grant them as enough freedom so that they can find the best way to achieve the goal. Although the main framework has been already defined therefor the team members are supposed to consider it as a whole. It doesn't mean that the boss wouldn't intervene in any stage of the process until the project advanced. The members are obligated to report the progress while they get to predefined milestones.

Hello everyone
some factors which really make a boss good or bad , depends on his attitude and insight and the way of his management , how he communicates with personnel, how he could prepare them to motivate each other and how he could make them be eager to enjoy working at work place and in which way he creates a nice feeling of cooperation within them , to get them involved offering the innovative and creative ideas and advises in order to improve and upgrade the company. he/she should instantly offer the best ways to solve the problems and worries in order to make the work place quite safe.
Best wishes

I think what really makes a boss good is that he really dedicates enough time to the job and doesn't try to solve any problem with the easiest way. He should also care about his subordinates problems and their ideas.