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Target Phrases:

1) Passive-aggressive – Behavior that involves using indirect aggression towards others

2) By the book – Strictly according to the rules

3) Dress code – A set of rules specifying the type of clothings to be worn by a group of people

4) Autocratic – A person who rules with total power

5) Cut-throat – Competing in a strong and unfair way, without considering any harm caused to others

6) Sink or swim – Fail or succeed entirely by one’s own efforts

7) Streamlined/streamlining – To make something simpler, more productive, or more effective

8) Time-sensitive – Only relevant or applicable for a short period of time

9) At the top (of a company) – Refers to a person, group or business that is the best/most successful, or they are in the highest position of authority in their company

10) Dodging your question – To avoid, or attempt to avoid, a question

11) Mature companies – A company that is well-established in its industry

12) Professional development – Professional development refers to the continued training and education of an individual in regards to his or her career

13) Objectives – A goal or purpose. Something you are trying to do or achieve

14) Human resources – The department of a business or organization that deals with the hiring, administration, and training of staff

15) To fulfill potential – To achieve as much as your natural ability makes possible

16) Occupy a role – To serve in a position at a business

17) Level playing field – A situation that is fair because everyone has the same chance of succeeding

18) Task-oriented vs. people oriented – Task oriented places emphasis on the task at hand, whereas people-oriented prioritizes the individuals doing it

19) Flexibility/adaptability vs. planning/predictability – The ability to change (or be changed) to fit changed circumstances vs. the fact of always behaving or occurring in the way expected

20) Individualistic vs. collectivist – Collectivism stresses the importance of the community, while individualism is focused on the rights and concerns of each person

21) Cooperative vs. competitive – Willing to be helpful by doing what someone wants or asks for vs. having a strong desire to win or be the best at something

22) Direct vs. indirect communication – Direct communication happens when a speaker’s true intentions are communication vs. indirect communication happens when a speaker’s true intentions are hidden

23) Linear/punctuality – The fact or quality of being on time

24) Non-linear/flexible with time – Refers to people who usually think of people more than time, and are not as concerned with doing things on time or according to the plan

25) Passive – Used to describe someone who allows things to happen or someone who accepts what other people do or decide without trying to change anything

26) Aggressive – Using forceful methods to succeed or to do something

27) Assertive – Confident in behavior or style

28) Red tape – Referring to regulations or conformity to formal rules or standards which are claimed to be excessive, rigid or redundant

29) Rat race – A way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power

30) Hierarchy – A system in which people or things are placed in a series of levels with different importance or status

31) Loyalty – Faithfulness to commitments or obligations

32) Decentralized – Organization controlled by several local offices or authorities rather than a single one

33) Replaceable – To put someone or something new in the place or position of someone or something

34) From the top down company – Refers to a company that is more hierarchical and its leaders at the top make all or most of its decisions

35) Egalitarian – People should get the same, or be treated the same, or be treated as equals

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