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BBC六分钟英语听力精选:Corporate team building公司团队建设

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大家好,欢迎收听BBC六分钟英语听力精选,我们将会给你带来各种各样的消息新闻,今天要说的是公司团队建设的话题。
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Corporate team building

公司团队建设

一家公司要如何运营才能让员工友好相处,成为一个工作效率高的团队呢?看看现在的公司是怎样的?今天的节目里,Neil和Sophie会说说公司团队建设活动,有僵尸训练营或者驯马等等活动。

本周问题:

1951年毛主席将什么活动引入中国,将其作为员工的义务活动,并在几年前被政府再次引进?

a) 健美操

b) 书法

c) 英语课

大家可以在节目的最后找到正确答案。

听力内容:

Note: This is not a word-for-word transcript

Sophie: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Sophie…

Neil: And I'm Neil… Sophie – did you go on the corporate awayday last week?

Sophie: Yes… you didn't miss anything. A team building guru lectured us on how to work more effectively with each other. We gave some presentations, had a few drinks after…

Neil: Right. OK. An awayday is a day that employees spend together away from their usual workplace. And a guru is an expert in something. So did this guru teach you anything new, Sophie?

Sophie: No… not really.

Neil: Shame. I was hoping for some tips on how to work more effectively with my co-presenter.

Sophie: I think we work very effectively already, Neil. Now, today's show is about team building – or encouraging employees to work well together as a team by getting them to engage in different types of activities.

Neil: And apparently, some companies in the UK are offering their employees activities such as… Hunger Games-style combat days where teams must work together to 'kill' as many of the opposing team as possible. Have you seen the Hunger Games movies, Sophie?

Sophie: Yes.

Neil: There're also Zombie boot camps where military instructors train you on how to fight zombies – that's dead people who have come back to life. For the more cerebral – or brainy – amongst us – there are crime investigations modelled on popular TV dramas like Sherlock Holmes.

Sophie: Well, I'm not sure about the Zombie boot camp – a boot camp is a short course of hard physical training – but the Sherlock Holmes awayday sounds like fun.

Neil: I'd definitely go for the Zombie experience. Though I'm not sure how it connects with most people's working lives. Violence, death, the living dead…

Sophie: Good point.

Neil: So let's move on and have today's quiz question. What did Chairman Mao introduce in China in1951 as a compulsory activity for workers and was reintroduced by the government a few years ago? Was it…

a) calisthenics?

b) calligraphy?

Or c) English language lessons?

Sophie: Calisthenics, by the way, is a type of gentle physical exercise…

Neil: … and calligraphy, by the way, is the art of writing by hand with a special brush.

Sophie: Well, I'm going for a) calisthenics.

Neil: Not English language lessons, Sophie?

Sophie: No. I'll stick with callisthenics, thanks.

Neil: OK. Well, we'll find out later if you're right or not. Now, whilst English lessons might sound like hard work, ukulele lessons are apparently catching on. A ukulele is a musical instrument. Top businessmen Bill Gates and Warren Buffett both do it, and stressed-out city workers are following their lead. Here in the UK, a number of companies have been holding ukulele team building sessions.

Sophie: That sounds amazing. And is there anything about the ukulele in particular that leaves people feeling better after they've played it?

Neil: Let's hear more about this from Lorraine Bow, who teaches people to play the instrument. But listen with attention because she spoke on the phone and the line wasn't great.

INSERT

Lorraine Bow, ukulele teacher

Well, I guess it's just the fact that you know people don't often sing in their everyday lives and it's the fact that you can play and sing – play a musical instrument – within an hour – it's quite a… you know… it's quite a fulfilling thing really. It's not competitive – it's quite easy to do and a bit less intimidating than a guitar…

Sophie: Lorraine, the ukulele teacher, also says her classes aren't competitive or intimidating…

Neil: … which means something that makes you feel nervous.

Sophie: Now, before we hear the answer to today's quiz question, let's hear about a company in Abu Dhabi where leadership is taught through horse training. Basically, you have to go in the yard with a horse and persuade it that you're the boss by using body language. Here's Kelly Eide, co-founder of the company, explaining why she thinks this approach works.

INSERT

Kelly Eide, Co-founder of True Leadership, Abu Dhabi

The horses don't care if your hair is purple, if you're a man or a woman, if you're old or young, if you are… what religion. So it transcends all of those cultural boundaries – it transcends age, gender, religion, tradition etc. – so that's a perfect fit. And in an organization where you really need groups of people to gel, who come from backgrounds which have no common norms, you can teach that most efficiently with a horse.

Neil : To gel with someone means to connect or get on well with someone. So you try and get the horse to do what you want using body language. And the horse feels instinctively whether or not you are a natural leader because it doesn't recognize cultural differences, hair colour and age.

Sophie: Probably easier said than done.

Neil: Indeed. Now remember I asked: What did Chairman Mao introduce in China in1951 as a compulsory activity for workers and was reintroduced by the government a few years ago? Was it… a) calisthenics? b) calligraphy? Or c) English language lessons?

Sophie: I said a) calisthenics.

Neil: Well, you're right on the button! Well done there, Sophie! Calisthenics are used at schools as a warm up for physical education classes, during sports day activities, and by some companies as a way of building morale and a sense of group unity, as well as to raise energy levels and encourage good health. Now shake a leg – or in other words – get moving – and tell us the words we learned today, Sophie.

Sophie: They are:

awayday

guru

team building

cerebral

bootcamp

callisthenics

calligraphy

synchronise

intimidating

gel

shake a leg

Neil: Well, that's the end of this 6 Minute English. We hope you enjoyed it. And don't forget to join us again soon!

Both: Bye.

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