Answer the boss’s tough questions

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in Dealing with Bosses,Office Management

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.

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