A fresh start!
On the next six pages, we present extracts with key phrases and expressions you can use to build a winning team.
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
For a list of all the key phrases used in the dialogues, see pages 12–13