t: not so fast. maybe what's needed here is a fresh approach. let's start with pat. why is she mean?
g: um...because she's not a very nice person?
t: maybe...but maybe she has a hard time dealing with stress. did you know pat's division has been losing money this quarter? she's getting a lot of flack from the board of directors.
b: so you're saying perhaps she is not really mad at me?
t: could be. what we do know is we can't get rid of her, so we might as well try to find a way to work with her.
terry说，she's getting a lot of flack from the board of directors. flack，就是批判的意思。不管怎样，既然躲不开她，就得想办法跟她搞好关系。
t: i think betty should have a chat with pat. tell her you think you need more direction and guidance. tell pat you're sorry if you haven't lived up to her expectations. now admittedly, what you're doing here is employing a strategy.
b: yes, i think i get it. by offering a kind of truce and by being humble, maybe she'll change her tune and start being kinder.
t: exactly! how is your relationship with the other managers in your department?
b: very good.
terry建议betty找pat谈心have a chat with pat. 告诉pat说，如果自己没能让她满意，请她原谅，同时表示自己需要更多的指导。betty一听就明白了，知道这是一种策略，通过改变自己的态度，促使 pat改变态度。 betty还说，跟其他上司关系都不错。 terry听后很高兴。