The boss shares an idea, and then asks, “What do you think?” You don’t have an instant answer. How do you avoid looking stumped?
Try answering with a question. Examples:
- “First, let me make sure I understand the question. What would your ideal outcome look like? And how would what you’re suggesting help you achieve that?”
- “What could I do to help you reach the goal?”
- “Do we have any research on whether that might work?”
It isn’t about dodging the boss’s question. By asking questions, you open up a new dialogue, and that can lead to interesting and innovative ideas.