This lesson will focus on using a variety of expressions related to control.
This lesson will help you use these idioms describing control. You will also get a chance to talk about your own experiences.
Who is someone you know that is a natural leader? Give an example of how they take control.
Please consider each expression and match them to the images. Your instructor has an example and a question regarding each one.
- in the driver’s seat—be in control of a situation.
- be on (one’s) toes—be active, alert and ready to react quickly.
- not take something lying down—refuse to accept something without resistance.
- take the bull by the horns—deal with a problem or difficult situation directly and confidently.
- have the upper hand—have more power than anyone else and be in control.
A. Complete the anecdote
Read each section and choose an appropriate idiom from the list above.
- Things change quickly in my industry, so I always have to…
- A good manager should have a clear overview of their and their team’s goals and should be in complete control of all the steps required to realise them. He or she needs to…
- For many years, Karen’s company was behind in their industry, but following a series of changes in the management structure and the introduction of several groundbreaking services, it now…
- My firm refuses to accept it when a competitor tries to take over our market share. When it comes to that kind of thing, we…
- As a CEO, there are frequent occasions when I have to take swift action to resolve a difficult issue. At those times, I simply have to…
Use idioms to discuss the following topics.
- What are the main strengths of a good manager?
- Should staff always follow their manager’s instructions? In which situations might it be advisable to question the decisions of a senior?
- Which technology companies will dominate in the next ten years?