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Q. I deal with a domineering VP who
uses the quizzing technique. Instead of telling us something, he
quizzes us to see if we can read his mind. Victims end up looking dumb.
I don’t want to be the next victim, but I need to impress this VP to
get ahead. Is there a diplomatic way I can get him to answer his own
A. Don’t let the next round of quizzing get started. Head it off by
expressing curiosity on the topic. Raise examples of perplexing
results. Share some theories or pose questions. With luck, the VP will
become intellectually curious and help search for answers.
Here’s another approach: When he launches the quizzing game, answer the
question by providing three possible “right” answers. Weigh the pros
and cons. If you don’t rush to guess, you’ll gain three advantages.
First, you’ll impress him with your intellect. Second, he may tip his
hand and reveal the answer he seeks. Third, he might grow restless and
quiz someone else!