- aKaren, do you have a minute? I'd like to ask you about something.
- bSure. What is it?
- aI think you can give me some advice.You have worked here longer, and I just want to know what you think.
- bI'm glad to help you. But what is it you want to ask about?
- aI am worried about the meeting this morning.
- bWhy? I think the meeting went well.
- bYes. But what are you worried about?
- aI'm afraid I was too rude.
- bRude? You weren't rude at all, Annie. Why do you think you were rude?
- aWell, I maybe talked to Mr. Drummond too directly.I thought I maybe said too much. I don't want him to be angry.
- bI understand. But really you weren't rude at all.You said what you thought. I think he appreciates that.
- aBut I am new here, and I'm not sure he is used to that.
- bYou mean because you are a woman?
- aYes. And he is the president of the company.
- bListen, Annie. You shouldn't worry about Mr. Drummond.He is a very good man to work for. He is not sexist at all.He appreciates people for their ideas.And he is willing to take suggestions from men or women.
- aI am very happy to hear that, Karen.It's good to know I'm working in such a company.
- bI agree with you on that, Annie.I've worked for Derek Drummond for nine years now.I feel he appreciates his employees for their work, not their gender.I would never change jobs.
- aGood. Thank you for telling me this.
- bAny time. If you have a good idea, don't be afraid to speak up.This is a company that appreciates initiative.