A fresh start!

On the next six pages, we present ex­tracts with key phrases and ex­pres­sions you can use to build a win­ning team.

Business Spotlight - - CONTENTS -

1. A new op­por­tu­nity

Sub­ject: Kick-off meet­ing Dear team

Our first of­fi­cial face-to-face meet­ing will take place next Wednesday at 9 a.m. I know we have all worked to­gether on dif­fer­ent projects in the past, but this is a chance for a fresh start as a team. Our pri­or­ity will be to get

to know each other bet­ter. Also, we want to dis­cuss our work­ing style.

As it’s an early start, as well as a fresh one, I’ll bring some break­fast. Let me know if you have any pref­er­ences! All the best Nisha

2. A quick one-to-one

Nisha: Thanks for com­ing in early, John. I think it would be help­ful if we had a chat be­fore the meet­ing. First of all, I want to thank you for your hard work.

John: Thank you. I ap­pre­ci­ate that.

Nisha: I also know we’ve faced some chal­lenges in the past. I’m con­vinced we can work well to­gether in this team.

John: Me, too.

Nisha: I’m glad to hear that. So,

what do you hope to get out of work­ing on this team? ap­pre­ci­ate sth. etw. zu schätzen wis­sen chal­lenge schwierige Auf­gabe face sth. mit etw. kon­fron­tiert wer­den

3. A pos­si­ble con­flict

Nisha: Now, let’s take a few min­utes to re­view your per­for­mance on the last team. Some peo­ple felt you were inconsiderate. This kind of be­hav­iour can have a dis­rup­tive ef­fect on the team dy­nam­ics. John: I re­al­ize that. Col­lab­o­ra­tion is not my strong suit. I get frus­trated quickly. I’m con­cerned tasks will take longer if we have to work closely to­gether.

Nisha: Why is that?

John: I think that work­ing in­de­pen­dently is more ef­fi­cient. It’s in the na­ture of my work.

Nisha: You’re a fan­tas­tic pro­gram­mer, John. We also have to think of the team. A silo men­tal­ity is not healthy. How could you be­come an even more valu­able team mem­ber? inconsiderate rück­sicht­s­los, unbe­dacht silo men­tal­ity Silo­denken strong suit: be one’s ~ jmds. Stärke sein

Phrase Bank

For a list of all the key phrases used in the di­a­logues, see pages 12–13

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