How to navigate an impossible request from the boss

03/13/2014 | Patty Azzarello blog

When your boss has a "big picture" idea that has no chance of succeeding, don't shoot it down right away, Patty Azzarello writes. Instead, offer progress reports that avoid specifics until the idea runs out of steam. "[I]f you can offer a shallow, face-saving solution, that might be all you ever need to do," she writes.

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