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"The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream "

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  • Topic of this Week: "Workplace survival (June 20, 2021)"

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    Workplace survival
    (The topic was once discussed on 18th June 2016)

    The workplace can sometimes be crueller and harsher than a battlefield. Someone takes credit for your work; your boss makes unreasonable requests; your coworkers get away with less work and more salary. You might not want to believe it, but it’s impossible to escape it. Everyone wants something – money, status, power – and people are employing a number of tactics to get what they want. These tactics are called “office politics.” No working environment is completely free of politics. Positive or negative – politics happens. However, by accepting the truth and knowing how to cleanly act and react to the particularly keen ‘game players’, you can stand yourself in good stead and avoid all the needless drama. To quote Dan Waldschimidt, “The truth about playing politics is that you don’t hate the game itself. You just don’t like it when the game is played poorly.”

    Questions for discussion:
    1. What are the traits of character that annoy you most in your colleagues? What do you like about your colleagues? What kind of colleagues do you ignore?
    2. What is your attitude to people attempting to make friends with the boss?
    3. What can we do to survive or to win in office politics?
    4. What can we do to build a positive work environment?

     Enjoy and have a fruitful discussion!


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    Introduction about Advance English Club

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    Established in 1993 by a group of active students from the National Economics University, the Club’s initial objective was to help Vietnamese students improve English proficiency. After fifteen years of endless development, riding on our high quality of English speaking environment, diverse membership and good management, Advance is proud of being recognized as one of the most famous English clubs in Hanoi.

    Nguyen Cong Tru Primary school - 8 Nguyen Truong To -  Ba Dinh  - Ha Noi - Viet Nam, Advance is an English speaking club running on a voluntary basis. Our main targets are:

    - To provide a high-quality environment for every one to practice spoken English: learning and applying practical skills in real contexts.

    - To exchange and enrich social and professional knowledge.

    - To improve friendships via expanding and strengthening social contacts as well as building up team spirits.

    - To bridge between Advance members and International universities.

    - To connect Advance members with Employers. 

    - To support Vietnamese enterprises to enhance their human resource in English speaking environment.