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Corporate Etiquette

Questions for discussions:

Partnership & Teamwork

Questions for discussion, Partnership:

  1. What is a partnership for you?
  2. Do you think personal partnership should be treated same as work or business partnership?
  3. Have you ever been in a business partnership?
  4. What is necessary for successful business partnership?


  1. Family budget vs individual budget
  2. What is your attitude to credits? Do you take them?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of credit cards? Do we really need them? 
  4. What for does the credit history exist? Do you know your credit history? Have you ever seen a report on your credit history? 

Should we work less?


Many of us tend to think of our brain not as muscles, but as a computer: a machine capable of constant work. Not only is that untrue, but pushing ourselves to work for hours without a break can be harmful, some experts say. The idea that you can indefinitely stretch out your deep focus and productivity time to these arbitrary limits is really wrong. It’s self-defeating,” says research scientist Andrew Smart, author of Autopilot. “If you’re constantly putting yourself into this cognitive debt, where your physiology is saying ‘I need a break’ but you keep pushing yourself, you get this low-level stress response that’s chronic – and, over time, extraordinarily dangerous.”


Personal Identity

  1. What views have you changed during your lifetime? How and why did you change them? Think about:
  • religious worldview;
  • political views;
  • attitude to bad habits;
  • attitude to money;
  • attitude to time;
  • views about relationships;
  • views about marriage and family;
  • views about friendship;
  • preference in music, books, movies.

Are men and women treated equally in this country?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you believe that you are supposed to act in certain ways and do certain things depending on who you are, a man or a woman?
  2. How has the attitude to women's role in the society changed in the past century? Has it ever changed at all for that matter?
  3. What patterns of behavior are considered to be appropriate for men but inappropriate for women?
  4. Do parents have different expectations for their sons and daughters in their families?

A Life of Productivity

Questions for discussion:

  1. Are the tasks you work on during the day the ones with the highest priority?               
  2. Do you make up lists of things to do? Do you use a planner in your cell phone or any other computer program to schedule your day, week, month, six months?
  3. Do you use action plan when working on a task at work? 
  4. Do you use to-do lists when it comes to your personal needs?
  5. How do you proiritise tasks when there is a lot to do?    
  6. Are you stressed about deadlines?

Work-life Balance (revised)

Loving your job is BAD for your career as you work too hard in the evenings and are outperformed by colleagues who come in refreshed

  • People who feel their job is integral to their life may find it hard to be productive
  • These people are less able to successfully disengage from work in the evenings 
  • This limits their energy levels the following morning and their ability to focus

Do we need psychologists?

Bosses should be sent on mental health courses to stop employees becoming stressed and depressed, claims major study as expert reveals tips to make you happier at work

  • Employees reported 18% less sick days if their manager went on the course
  • Hectic workloads can often lead to poor mental health - resulting in sick days
  • The world-first University of New South Wales research is dubbed 'promising'

Extreme Employees


Although some countries like France and Australia have begun to experiment with additional vacation time to balance work and personal happiness, the worldwide trend has progressed in the opposite direction. For example, Japan has long been known for its excruciating workweeks. Employees in other countries are falling victim to longer and longer hours at the office in recent years, too. The result is a new type of employee, called the "extreme employee."

5 Things Successful People Never Do


There are a million things that contribute to your success: your attitude, your people skills, and your ability to lead, listen, and take responsibility, to name a few.

Why Successful People Leave Their Loser Friends Behind

Reading: Why Successful People Leave Their Loser Friends Behind

We all want to be amazing. We all want to be successful, happy, and regarded as important figures in our fields. I am sure that you’ve heard all of the keys to success before: planning, hard work, perseverance, etc.

But today we are going to look at the one factor that will likely make or break your success: the people you surround yourself with.

Master Class "Interview in English: Top 10 questions"

Interviews are a stressful experience, which makes even the most confident of us weak in the knees. If you add the language element into the equation, as a non-native speaker, it makes the interview process an even bigger hill to climb. While you can never prepare for everything when it comes to interviews, nor have the perfect interview, the key to mastering interviews in English is anticipating as many different scenarios as possible and preparing for them.

Master Class "Interview in English: Career goals"

There’s an American saying – “You don’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” The same is true for our lives and careers – you won’t be able to change, grow and improve unless you know who you are. To find your professional identity, it is important that you yourself have a good understanding of your values, priorities, personality and goals and match these to the kind of career that would be best for you. The questions we ask here will help us in this. 

Master Class "Interview in English: Speaking about yourself"

Interviews are a stressful experience, which make even the most confident of us weak in the knees. If you add the language element into the equation, as a non-native speaker, it makes the interview process an even bigger hill to climb. While you can never prepare for everything when it comes to interviews, nor have the perfect interview, the key to mastering interviews in English is anticipating as many different scenarios as possible and preparing for them.

Career and Job Search

Questions for discussion: 

Imports versus Domestic

Questions for discussion:

  1. Have the sanctions affected you? If so, in what way ? 
  2. Have you seen the impact of of food import bans? 
  3. Why do you think people prefer Western products (food/cars/electronics)?
  4. Do you think sanctions were reasonably imposed by the west?

  5. Do you think sanctions are here to stay? 
  6. Do you prefer to holiday abroad? If so why or why not? 


Questions for discussion:


Questions for discussion:


Questions for discussion:

  1. Are you interested in the world of business?
  2. Do you think you have a good head for business?
  3. What kind of business would you like to start?
  4. Do you think anyone can start their own business?

Professional Identity

Choosing a profession

  1. What is your profession? What personality traits one should have to get it?
  2. What influenced your career choice? By what criteria did you make a choice?
  3. What kind of talents does a person need to be a professional in your field of work?
  4. What are your talents? How do you utilize your potential at work? Which of your talents do you develop just for yourself as a hobby (if you have one)?


Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the age for mandatory retirement in your country?
  2. At this stage of your life, are you beginning to make plans for your retirement years? Why?
  3. What would be a perfect retirement for you?
  4. Ranging from 1-10, 10 being the highest, how would you rate your career? Why?

Charisma & Leadership

  1. What is charisma for you? How would you describe someone who is charismatic?
  2. Name three famous people that you think are charismatic and why?
  3. Do you think charisma can be developed?
  4. What does the word “leadership” mean to you?
  5. Do you think being a leader is genetic or do you think that it is something that can be learnt?
  6. Do you see yourself as a leader?
  7. What qualities does a leader need to have?
  8. Do you think to be a good leader you need to have integrity?

Work & Happiness

1. Is it necessary for human beings to work to be happy?

2. Would an increase in salary motivate you to work longer hours at a job that you don’t like?

3. How would you motivate yourself to do the job that you don’t like?

4. Some psychologists suggest try to remember what the person wanted to do when they were a child to find their “dream” job, do you agree with this technique?

5. Do you think that woman and man approach the same work differently? Do you think they handle stress in a different way?

Dreams and Goals

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you think our dreams shape our personality?
  2. Do you think your dreams are shaped by the society you live in?
  3. What do you want to achieve in the next ten years?
  4. If you were able to put five people in a room that you would like to be like, who would that be and why?

Job Interview Questions

Questions for discussion:

  1.  What is your ideal job? What country would you like to work in?
  2.  What do you think is the worst job in the world?
  3. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
  4. Give an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work?

Godess shift: women leading for change

1.Give us some examples of how women being in leadership positions is
changing the world.

2. When looking a the role of women in society, how is the time we're
in now different from previous times in history?

3. Who are some of the women who've helped create this change?

4. How do women in leadership positions lead differently from men?

5. What are some of the obstacles to leadership that are unique to women?

6. Tell us some stories from your experience that illustrate those problems.


Questions for discussion:

  1. What kinds of corruption are there in your country?
  2. Has corruption affected your life?
  3. Why do you think people are corrupt.?
  4. Can corruption be a good thing?
  5. How do you reduce corruption?
  6. Which countries have a lot of corruption?
  7. What can you do about corruption in your country?
  8. How do you remove corrupt employees from their jobs?
  9. What is the largest bribe you have paid?
  10. Can corruption be a good thing in some societies?



No matter what line of work you’re in, chances are the daily grind of schlepping to work (even if it’s just down the hall) and toiling away in an open office to do a job that doesn’t exactly tickle your fancy every day is enough to stifle your more creative urges.

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