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Constructively criticizing higher-ups

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in Best-Practices Leadership,Leaders & Managers

Q. I’m disgusted with some strategic decisions my company’s top executives are making. I think they’re really being stupid. As a lowly manager, my opinion doesn’t carry much weight. What’s the best way for me to sound the alarm?

A. Calm down. Realize that there’s no better way to kill a career than to point fingers at higher-ups and lambaste them for dumb moves. When you lack authority, it’s easy to second-guess. That’s not to say you should blindly play the follower. If you have clear evidence to substantiate your views, present it to your boss as an analysis of options—not as an indictment of the leadership.

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