Summarize Spoken Text
You will hear a short report. Write a summary for a fellow student who was not present. You should write 50-70 words. You have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points presented in the lecture.
After several further caveats (n.警告), the authors go on: ‘we can say, however, that managerial talent is some combination of a sharp strategic mind, leadership ability, emotional maturity, communication skills, the ability to attract and inspire other talented people, entrepreneurial instincts, functional skills, and the ability to deliver results’. The authors offer no outside support for this assertion. A 2006 article in the Economist, which mentions the book, notes that, companies do not even know how to define talent, let alone how to manage it. Some use it to mean people like Aldous Huxley’s alphas in ‘brave new world’—those at the top of the bell curve.
Others employ it as a synonym (n.同义词) for the entire workforce, a definition so broad as to be meaningless. The war for talent is seen by various sources as becoming irrelevant during economic downturns. However, there have been highly visible talent poaching (n.非法狩猎) by solvent firms of others who have economic hardship (e.g. JP Morgan was raided by a European firm in March 2009).