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Lesson 194 - Vote of No Confidence (1)

作者:VOA礼节美语 发布日期:1-20-2012

公司董事会成员David找Ken谈话,显得很神秘。

David: Hey, Ken...I need to talk to you.

K: Sure...what's up?

D: Can we step into the conference room? This is a more private conversation.

K: Sure...

D: Ok...I'm just going to lay it all out on the table: What do you think of Vincent's management style?

K: Well, Vincent has only been CEO for a couple of years and ... well...um...

D: I don't want to put you on the spot. Here's what I'm getting at: I don't think Vincent is the man for the job.

原来,David找Ken谈话,是因为觉得公司首席执行官 Vincent is not the man for the job. 不称职。David 说,I don't want to put you on the spot. 意思是我不是故意为难你。to put someone on the spot 意思是让某人回答很难回答的问题。David 在上面那段话里还说 I'm just going to lay it all out on the table. 我就直截了当说吧。to lay something out 是讲清楚;on the table 意思是放在桌面上讨论。Ken 问 David 为什么觉得 Vincent 不称职。

K: Really? And what led you to this conclusion?

D: As I see it, he lacks the proper vision. His style is more about survival, and he's not taking the company anywhere.

He's treading water instead of swimming.

K: Well, I confess I've had my doubts about his abilities before. It seems he mainly got the job because his famous aunt pulled some strings.

David觉得Vincent缺乏远见,lacks the proper vision. 只能维持现状,不能推动发展,就好像在水里,He's treading water instead of swimming. 光是原地踩水,不向前游。Ken说,Vincent 担任CEO, 靠的是自己姑姑的关系,His aunt pulled some strings. to pull some strings 意思是动用关系。

D: I've been with this firm for 26 years and I'd hate to see it go down the drain due to poor leadership skills.

K: Me too. But what can we do? This isn't a reality TV show...we can't just vote him out.

D: Yes and no...We can't ask for a show of hands on who thinks he should be fired, but we can introduce a vote of no confidence at the next board meeting.

K: Interesting idea. You might be on to something.

David 说,自己在公司已经26年了,不想看着公司go down the drain就这么垮掉。to go down the drain 是失败,白费的意思。David 觉得,虽然这不是电视真人秀 reality TV show,不能让大家表决把他赶下台,a show of hands 是举手表决的意思,但是可以在下个董事会上提出一份 a vote of no confidence 不信任提案。

网友的学习评论(18条):
作者:mamalove
2-9-2012 12:16:6
Ken and David decided to introduce a vote of no condidence on the CEO at the next board meeting, cos Ken thought Vincent was treading the water instead of swimming plus lacked of leadership. David would not see the company to go down the drain.
作者:lewis
2-19-2012 20:37:1
Americans are very direct on the sensitive issues, it will promote the economic and the culture and all of the things , obviously that it is the reason for that why American become the developed country.
作者:ally
2-21-2012 15:50:45
David just going to lay it all out on the table and he don't want to put ken on the spot, David thought Vincent lacks of proper vision and he was treading the water instead of swimming,. As david have already been in company for 26 years and don't want to see the firm go down the drain, he and Ken decided to introduce a vote of no confidence at the next board meeting.
作者:Gogeana
2-24-2012 11:1:5
they two are full of responsibility .
作者:jensincehn
3-4-2012 20:58:28
I don't want to put you on the spot. I just want to lay things all out on the table. Vincent is not the man for the job, so we together should introduce a vote of no confidence at the next board meeting instead of keeping silent and letting him make this company go down the drain.
作者:qinfen
4-14-2012 14:12:21
Treating the water instead of swimming!Lay things all out on the table.
作者:liangchen
5-13-2012 19:44:49
some more good prase,1, lay it all out on the table2, i do not want to put you on the spot3, go down the drain4, a shouw of hands5, treading water instead of swimmingthanks VOA program very much!
作者:jennifer
5-17-2012 23:2:8
Vincent 's aunt pulled some strings and he is not the man for his job actually.so he 'll be voted out
作者:Robert
5-20-2012 21:47:8
David and ken have a private conversation that current CEO is not the man for the job.They should not keep the silent to see the firm goes down the drain, but to ask for the vote of no confidence at the next board meeting to let CEO out through the vote.David and Ken are respoiblility and loyal to the firm, they can success in the board meeting.
作者:sunny
6-1-2012 11:49:14
This is a private convesation between two collogues of a company.They lay it all out on the table.They think that their current CEO is not the man for the job,he got the job only as to his aunt pulled some strings.They don't like to see the company go down the drain,so they will introduce a vote of no confidence at the next board meeting.
作者:Ellen.shi
6-18-2012 21:5:32
My German boss is also not the right person for the GM title , he lack of management and technical skills.
作者:Thomas
7-2-2012 20:47:57
Don't access your boss, and complete your tasks you should do well is enough.
作者:贾思明
7-13-2012 15:57:39
Ken and David had a conversation about the management of their company . They lay it all out on the table. David think their CEO Vincent is not the man for the job since he's not only lacks the proper vision,but treading the water instead of swiming.Besides, he got the position as CEO because of his famous aunts pull some strings. In case of the company go down the drain, they are going to introduce a vote of no confidence at the next board meeting.
作者:Charmony
9-8-2012 11:50:33
Ken and David lay the problems of management og their company all out on the table. The CEO Vincent is not the man for the job, becasue he's lack of proper vision and he is treading the water instead of swimming. Vincent got the job by his famous aunt pulling some strings. Ken and David are going to introduce a vote of no confidence of Vincent at the next board meeting in case of letting the company go down the drain.
作者:liz
11-20-2012 14:42:41
There is a conference between David and ken, the topic is about the CEO Vincent's management style. They think Vincent is not the man for the job, so they want to introduce a vote for no confidence at the next board meeting. But they don't want to make him embarrassed, the decide to write a leeter to him at first
作者:rain
11-23-2012 9:55:31
lay it all out on the table , put sb on the spot, sb is not the man for job ,treading the water instead of swiming ,pull some strings .go down the drain .
作者:seaman136889
12-5-2012 21:16:14
i don't think he is the man for the role. because he is always treading instead of swimming, he didnt inspire us to achieve the goals . So i suggest we may introduce a vote no confidence in next operation meeting. do you agree?
作者:lyn
12-12-2012 21:47:21
sometimes we do not put something on the table,only give it short shrift.
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