Flip a coin?

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A: I’m thinking about moving on to greener pastures.
B: What are you getting at?
A: I got offered a new job. I’m torn between staying and leaving. On the one hand, I really love the company culture here. On the other hand, the other company has more diversity and I can meet people from all walks of life. I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.
B: Sometimes the grass is always greener on the other side. I think you should talk to people who work there before you jump the gun. You should hold off on your decision until you are sure it pans out.
A: That’s great advice! I just don’t want to put this decision on the back burner. I’m pretty indecisive and tend to put things off.


To move on to greener pastures (i): to move to a better situation, job, or place.
What are you getting at? (e): What’s your point? What do you mean? What are you implying?
To be torn between (pv): uncertain whether to choose one or the other.
On the one hand | On the other hand (e): used when discussing two opposite points of view.
From all walks of life (i): from different backgrounds (job, ethnicity, nationality, education).
To be stuck/caught between a rock and a hard place (i): in choose between two difficult or unpleasant options.
The grass is always greener on the other side (p): people always think the other side is better. (envy)
To jump the gun (s): to make a decision prematurely, to act too soon.
To hold off on something (pv): to delay doing something, to postpone a decision.
To pan out (pv): to work out, to become successful.
To put something on the back burner (i): to postpone or delay, because it’s not a priority.
To put things off (pv): to procrastinate, especially because of laziness.

A: The situation is quickly getting out of hand. We must make a decision now or everything is going to hit the fan.
B: I don’t like being put on the spot. I need time to weigh up my options. Maybe I should run it by the other partners first? Ask them to play the devil’s advocate.
A: We don’t have the luxury of doing that. Time is running out. Trust you gut!
B: I need to give it more thought. My career is on the line. I can’t just pull something out of a hat. Should we flip a coin? Why don’t you make the decision?
A: This is not my call. You call the shots. If you don’t make a decision now, our stock price will hit rock bottom. It’s do or die. Now is your time to step up your game. We’ve been together through thick and thin. I’ll back you up. There’s no time to think it over.


To get out of hand (i): out of control.
To hit the fan (i): when disaster happens, to have serious, messy negative consequences or effects. Synonym: the shit hit the fan (s), to go south, to go sideways, all hell broke loose, a shitstorm.
To be put someone on the spot (i): to make someone answer a difficult question or make a difficult decision under a lot of pressure or attention. Often causes the other person embarrassment or stress.
To weigh up something (pv): to consider the pros and cons of a situation.
To run something by/past someone (pv): to get someone to approve something, to tell someone about a plan and ask for his or her opinion, to check something.
To run out of something (pv): to use something until it is empty.
To play the devil’s advocate (i): to pretend to be against an idea in order to make people discuss or defend it.
Trust your gut (e): to trust your intuition, instinct. To trust your feelings, or sixth sense. Often sued advice to mean, listen to your inner voice. Synonym: a gut feeling, to go with one’s gut.
To give something some/more thought (i): to think carefully or more about something.
Something is on the line (i): at stake, risk of losing it.
To pull something out of hat (i): to do something unexpected that suddenly improves a bad situation, to perform magic. Synonym: to pull something out of one’s ass/out of thin air.
It’s (not) my call (e): it’s (not) my decision.
To call the shots (i): to be in charge, to make the important decisions.
To hit rock bottom (i): to reach the lowest possible situation, to be in the worst-case scenario.
It’s do or die (e): to continue fighting, even if you might die. Synonym: it’s sink or swim.
To step up something (pv): to increase, to take action, especially at an important time.
Through thick and thin (i): to go through good times and bad times.
To back someone up (pv): to support someone. Synonym: to have someone’s back.
To think something over (pv): to think about something carefully, to think about something again.

A: I’m going to come clean. I hate working for the government. There is so much red tape. I can’t get anything done because of all the bureaucracy. Perhaps it’s time for me to step down as the mayor of this city.
B: Even if you want to cut ties with the public sector. Remember not to burn any bridges.
A: I’m on the fence right now but I’m thinking ahead. The last straw was when the city council rejected my proposal to increase our budget for education.
B: You should keep your options open. Before you make a decision, sleep on it for a bit.
A: I left no stone unturned with this proposal. I really thought they would approve it. I’m so pissed.


To come clean (i)(s): to be completely honest, to tell the truth.
Red tape (i): rules, regulations, and formalities.
To step down (pv): to resign or quit from an importation position.
To cut ties with someone or something (i): to end a relationship with someone.
To burn a bridge (i): to destroy one’s path, connections, reputation, and opportunities intentionally.
To be on the fence about something (i): to be undecided about something.
To think ahead (pv): to plan ahead, to think carefully about the future.
The last/final straw (i): the last part of a series of annoyances, incidents that leads to a final loss in patience, temper, hope, or trust. Proverb: It’s the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.
To keep one’s options open (i): to wait before making a decision so you have more options the future.
To sleep on something (i): to postpone a decision by sleep.
To leave no stone unturned (i): to do everything to find something, or to try everything to reach a goal.
Pissed (off) (s)(adj): angry, furious, irate.


PEPSI Discussion Questions 

  1. If you could move on to greener pastures, where would you move to?
  2. Tell me about a time you were torn between two things. What do you do when you’re shopping, and you like both pieces of clothing? What about when you’re in a movie theater, or a restaurant?
  3. Why do people always think the grass is greener on the other side? Is it true?
  4. Do you often jump the gun? Any examples? How can we avoid jumping the gun?
  5. Do you tend to put things on the back burner? Talk about something you putt off recently.
  6. How do you feel when someone puts you on the spot? Tell me about a time you were put on the spot.
  7. Do you trust your own gut? Do you often follow or go with your gut? When do you use reason, when do use your gut feeling?
  8. Do you know of anyone who hit rock bottom but still ended up becoming successful? Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
  9. What’s the difference between a true friend, a close friend and a friend? Is there anyone in your life who has stuck with you through thick and thin (besides your parents)?
  10. Why do large corporations and governments have so much red tape? How can they reduce it?
  11. Do you know of any story where the leader stepped down because of a scandal?
  12. Have you ever cut ties with someone? Do you agree that you should never burn bridges? Have you ever burned a bridge in a professional environment?
  13. What was the last straw that ended your previous relationship or your previous job?
  14. Do you often sleep on a big decision? Is it useful to sleep on big decisions? Why?