2014.06.27 【英译中】Ask Yourself How Will You Lead(七)

发表于:2014-06-27 13:58 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

The workplace is an especially difficult place for anyone to tell the truth, because no matter how flat we want our organizations to be, all organizations have some form of hierarchy. This means that one person’s performance is assessed by someone else’s perception.
工作场所是一个很难让人说真话的地方。(如果翻译成“畅所欲言”会不会偏离原意?因为无论我们渴望组织的扁平化程度有多么高,所有的组织都脱离不了等级制度的形式。(这句可以有更好的翻译吗?)这意味着一个人的表现如何,是通过其他人对其的看法来进行评价的。

 

This is not a setup for honesty. Think about how people speak in a typical workforce. Rather than say, “I disagree with our expansion strategy” or better yet, “this seems truly stupid.” They say, “I think there are many good reasons why we’re entering this new line of business, and I’m certain the management team has done a thorough ROI analysis, but I’m not sure we have fully considered the downstream effects of taking this step forward at this time.” As we would say at Facebook, three letters: WTF.
这并不是为真诚而建立的制度。想想人们在一个典型的工作场所中是如何说话的吧。与其说“我不同意我们的扩张策略。”或是更直接地表明:“这看起来糟糕透了。”,他们会说:“我认为我们进入这个新行业会有很多好处,我也相信管理层已经为此进行了周全的投资回报率分析。但是我并不肯定的是,在采取这个措施之前,我们此刻是否已充分考虑到了其后期效应。”当我们网上通过Facebook发表看法时,这类言论可以用3个字母来表达:“WTF”。(这句感觉不通顺。)

 

Truth is better used by using simple language. Last year, Mark decided to learn Chinese and as part of studying, he would spend an hour or so each week with some of our employees who were native Chinese speakers. One day, one of them was trying to tell him something about her manager. She said this long sentence and he said, “simpler please.” And then she said it again and he said, “no, I still don’t understand, simpler please”…and so on and so on. Finally, in sheer exasperation, she burst out, “my manager is bad.” Simple and clear and very important for him to know.
事实最好用简单的语言来表达。去年,扎克伯格决定学习中文。作为学习的一部分,他需要每周花费大约一小时来与本土中国籍员工交谈。一天,某位中国籍员工试图告诉扎克伯格有关她经理的事。她说了一个长句子后,扎克伯格说道:“请说简单点。”然后她又说了一遍。他回复道:“我还是不懂。请再说简单点。”如此循环往复,最后,她怒气冲天地脱口而出道:“我的经理糟糕透了。”简洁明了的语言多么好啊,这对于扎克伯格了解情况很重要。

 

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