Meetings|Pre-Int|7. Duties and responsibilities

Read and learn the secret of success at business

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Tired of incompetent workers? Team members throw and leave their work? Criticising is not enough – empower them!

Read the text and choose if the statements are true or false

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You can deal with criticism, we know. But if you’ve always received negative feedback, now you can give it 🙂

How? Go to a meeting and give away tasks. Don’t wait – delegate! Not sure delegating is for you? Read on:

• Doing a really important task all by yourself? Trust yourself 100%? How about giving it away to an expert … No need to be a control-freak, you know …

Remember: delegate. And you’ll do only great things that no one else can do.

• Maybe you can’t delegate because no one will do the task well? Your team is so incompetent. Or maybe … you don’t manage them very well?

Remember: delegate. And you’ll build a competent team you trust.

• Ready to give it away? Don’t throw it on their desk and leave. A detailed instruction works so much better, just saying … As a result, people complete tasks.

Remember: delegate and do it well and clear. And you’ll be a manager that empowers.

Now you’re ready to rock delegate!


Read the text again and connect the parts of the statements. Then check your answers

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1. Doing everything yourself is bad because it helps people with the task and trains them.
2. Giving clear instructions is great because it takes your time from important tasks.
3. Delegating is a skill that good managers can use well.
4. Trusting team members with the tasks can help because it creates a team of professionals.

1. Doing everything yourself is bad because

it takes your time from important tasks.
2. Giving clear instructions is great because

it helps people with the task and trains them.
3. Delegating is a skill that

good managers can use well.
4. Trusting team members with the tasks can help because

it creates a team of professionals.

Choose the phrase that has the same meaning with the underlined phrase

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Match the phrases with the pictures

Career Ladder

Listen to JJ and put the statements in the correct order

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JJ Jordan Ed Lydia

JJ: Welcome to the world of delegating! Listen in to see how my juniors are doing it at one of our meetings.
Jordan: Thank you for the productive meeting everyone! Now that we’ve covered all the items on the agenda, let’s decide who’s doing what for the rest of the week. I’m a bit pressed for time. Ed, you’re sending me a copy of the report on Friday.
Ed: Jordan, erm.. what report are you talking about?
Jordan: Ed, please, you’re…you’re going to reduce the advertising budget. Remember? You’re deciding on the cuts, finalising it by the end of the week. Is it clear?
Ed: Thank you, Jordan. It is… now.
Jordan: Good. And Lidia, here’s this statistics report, you’re completing it by the end of the day, ok?
Lydia: Erm, Jordan, but…but I… I’m not in analytics! I’m responsible for advertising!
Jordan: Oh, I’m sorry, Lydia. I’m going to remove you from the task. I’m going to delegate it to another person right now.
JJ: [a bit tired and kinda annoyed at having to state the obvious, but friendly and patient] So what have we learn today? Delegating is great, but clear instructions and choosing the right person are even greater!



Listen again and choose if the statements are true or false

Read the blockquote below and complete Ed’s thoughts

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Fill in the gaps with is/am/are and choose the correct form of the verb to complete the dialogue

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Choose if you need to be firm or relaxed in each situation

Firm – strong, not easy to change or manipulate

Relaxed – calm and free from stress

Listen to the audio and choose the correct answers

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JJ Ed Jordan

JJ: Delegating! So glad you’ve learnt it! But what if… your boss decides you should drop everything and do something for him? Here’s what could happen:
Jordan: Thanks for coming, Ed, nice having a meeting with you.
Ed: Thank you!
Jordan: Ed, can you help me out? Can you complete this report for me. maybe? You’re going to finalise and send it to me… tomorrow. Ok?
Ed: I’m swamped with deadlines, but I can do this… within a… week’s time, by the next meeting.
Jordan: Ok, have a great day! Hi, Ed, how was your week?
Ed: Good, thank you.
Jordan: Great! Remember last meeting? I gave you a report? Now you’re going to decide on the graphs and charts as well! And you’re sending it to me tonight! Now let’s see what’s on the agenda!
Ed: Jordan, unfortunately I can’t realistically do it right now — I’m swamped with deadlines.
Jordan: Eh?
Ed: Yes, I don’t think I have time for this. Right now I need to focus on a new and very important client, so I don’t think I can be of help. I’d really love to help you out, and as soon as I’m done with the deadlines — I will. It’s just… it’s not now. You see? Being nice but strong worked for me.
Jordan: Hi, Ed! How are you? You know , right, you’re completing this presentation.
Ed: Oh.



Listen to the audio again and complete the statements

Choose the right prepositions and complete Jordan’s lines from the audio

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  • Tips for success
  • The upside of delegating
  • In the delegating mood
  • Career Ladder
  • The ‘how to’ of delegating
  • Planning ahead
  • Ready to rock
  • Time to get firm?
  • Dealing with the boss’s tasks
  • Heavy workload
  • Time to get firm?
  • Dealing with the boss’s tasks
  • Heavy workload
  1. 1. Meetings|Pre-Int|1. Introduction to meetings
  2. 2. Meetings|Pre-Int|2. How to arrange a meeting
  3. 3. Meetings|Pre-Int|3. Surviving small talk
  4. 4. Meetings|Pre-Int|4. Asking questions
  5. 5. Meetings|Pre-Int|5. Videoconferencing
  6. 6. Meetings|Pre-Int|6. Dealing with negative feedback
  7. 7. Meetings|Pre-Int|7. Duties and responsibilities
  8. 8. Meetings|Pre-Int|8. Closing a meeting