欢迎回到 商务英语播客 for today’s lesson on strategic decision-making. This is the first of a pair of lessons on business strategy.
Every day, business leaders face tough decisions that involve difficult trade-offs. Should we put our time and money into a new opportunity or build capacity in our current operations? Should we partner with company X or company Y? Should we expand east or west?
These decisions are often informed by an overall corporate strategic plan. But that plan can’t account for all possible futures. Big picture plans don’t make the decisions but rather support decision-making. And when the world seems more uncertain, complex, and volatile than ever, the stakes are high for every decision.
There’s lots to consider when making a strategic decision. 对于初学者, we need to think about how the decision aligns with our main goals. For new opportunities, we need to think about growth potential, costs, and profit margins. And we need to be sure we have the right competitive advantage to pursue the opportunity.
在今天的对话中, we’ll listen to a conversation between Paolo, Adrian, 和米歇尔. They work for a solar panel company that has focused on commercial projects and corporate clients. Now they’re debating the strategic merits of a possible move into the residential market.
1. After talking about overall goals, what does Paolo get very excited about?
2. What topic does Adrian have many questions about?
3. 在谈话结束时, why does Paolo believe they will be successful in the residential market?
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