III. Texts for retelling

1. A manager’s job

Judith Arron is general manager and artistic director of Carnegie Hall. Among her previous managerial positions, she served for 17 years as general manager of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra before winning the Carnegie Hall position over a field of 30 candidates from all over the United States.

Arron’s workday typically begins when she leaves home about 7.30. She is usually at her desk by 9 a.m., and a major part of her day is consumed by meetings with such groups as senior staff members, department heads, the board of directors, orchestra representatives, artists, conductors, and staff members. Although her workday tends to end about 6.30 p.m., she may stay for a weeknight concert and frequently comes in for concerts or special events on weekends. “We may have an established superstar or a newcomer I want to hear, or a new orchestra that needs special care.” She generally plans to “work 6 days a week and go to two or three concerts.”

She is known for being particularly skilled at handling people, including some of the temperamental, but talented, artists who play on Carnegie’s stage. Indeed, the cast of artists has been stellar, including such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Itzhak Perlman, Mistislav Rostropovich, Alicia de Larrocha, Joan Sutherland, and Benita Valente, to name a few. (К. M. Bartol, D. C. Martin, Management, 1991, p. 20)

Checking Comprehension

  • 1. What’s Judith Arron’s position in the company?
  • 2. Did she require any work experience to win this position?
  • 3. What’s her working day usually consumed by?
  • 4. Does she have to work overtime?
  • 5. What skills does she need to perform her duties properly?
  • 6. Is her job challenging in your opinion?
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