Today’s picture: Construction of our new library is underway (despite budgetary constraints!)
Part 1: Today's word
A constraint is a limitation – especially when you don’t have enough space, time or money to do what you want. So, it’s common to talk about ‘budgetary constraints’ or ‘time constraints’ in business, because people often don’t have as much money or time as they would like.
The department worked under a number of constraints which prevented them from achieving their potential.
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Part 2: Test
Here are FOUR sentences with the word of the day. But only THREE are correct. Which is the Odd One Out?
I regret to inform our clients that budgetary constraints will mean a reduction in number of hours available for personal consultations.
His view was that there should be no constraint on the freedom to express personal views in meetings, even if those views were not accepted by the majority.
The age constraint for skilled migration to New Zealand is currently 55 years – that is to say, 12 years higher than that of Australia.
I did my best to produce a high quality report within very tight time constraints.
Part 3: Practice Questions:
Do budgetary constraints affect your studies?
Do you feel you work effectively within time constraints?
Part 4: The Phrasal Five
call sth off (cancel). The match was called off because of bad weather.
call/ring/phone sb up (telephone). Call up and leave a message on my answerphone.
carry on (continue) We carried on playing football until we couldn’t see the ball.
catch up (with) sb/ catch sb up (reach the same level). We’re working hard to catch up with our competitors.
check in (for a flight) (register). They always tell you to check in early so you can spend more time and more money in the duty-free shops.
Part 5: Kiwi Quiz Question
Which of these is the motto of the College of Business at Massey University?
Through struggle to the Stars
Creating leaders: Transforming Business
You’ll go far with CSR
Part 6: Today's online listening
Management Guru 1: Charles Handy. This is the first in a BBC series of talks by well-known management gurus from around the world. You can see the full transcript of the talk here and selected business vocabulary here
Questions for the listening:
Charles Handy’s rejection of ‘predatory’ capitalism was influenced by ...
his father’s religious beliefs
his economics teacher at university
his unpleasant experiences at work
his analysis of The Great Depression
Which of Charles Handy’s organisational cultures is bureaucratic?
Charles Handy believes that organisations ....
have one of these four types of culture
should avoid being dominated by one organisational culture
need to avoid rules and regulations
need to downsize in order to create greater efficiency
Which kind of careers did Charles Handy predict that most employees would have?
Charles Handy feels that he differs from some business gurus because he ...
avoids telling people what they should do
produces useful formulas for managers
gives different advice for different organisations
has a deep interest in education
Today’s musical intro / outro: from Norway
“Your hands’ by Royskopp. From the CD ‘Arctic Circles’. 1999: Beat Service Records. CD may be sampled and purchased from here. Someone made a video of this song here