Sara Mc Cord most often writes about making a better professional impression.
Your boss asks you to take on a new project, and your first thought is: "There is just no way." Maybe it's because you're already juggling three projects near deadline, or maybe you fundamentally disagree with his strategy.
Sure, you could try to just power through all of the projects or propose something you think a client wouldn't be interested in, but you probably know that's neither the best nor the most professional option.
Even if you're thinking, “No, I would never take that approach with this client—how could you even consider that?
” remember that the abrasive approach is not terribly conducive to brainstorming new ideas. ” One of two things happens when you ask a question like that—clearly, your boss says “yes” or “no.” But here’s the amazing part: If your boss says “yes” (which happens more often than not) she has welcomed you to contribute a new approach before you even start in, which means she's much more likely to consider it.
Unwillingness to acknowledge the perception of others prevents you from dealing with unintended intimidation.