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Over at Ask a Manager a while back, someone wrote in about a question her boss's boss asked her while her immediate superior was away. It boils down to:

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  1. Briefly making it clear that she wanted and valued this person's perspective, and why;
  2. Asking what she thought her boss might say, were she available; and
  3. Asking if she had an additional or different recommendation.
This is excellent in several ways, as Alsion Green explains in her reply, and it is not hard to imagine adding this tactic to one's communication arsenal in non-working contexts.

Read the whole thing.

-- CAV

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