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Chapter 16. Three S’s of Providing Unsol... > Step 2: Secure the Other Person’s Pe...

Step 2: Secure the Other Person’s Permission

Tell the other person that you have something to discuss that will help both of you to become more effective. Don’t negate the information by saying, “It’s really not that big of a deal, but…” Say, “I think I have some information that would be helpful to our team. Could we schedule a time so that we could discuss my ideas?”

Note that it is not advisable to “go over your boss’s head” and take your feedback to your boss’s supervisor. Bypassing your manager reduces your credibility, even if your points are valid ones. Also, do not criticize your supervisor publicly or to your coworkers; it is unprofessional and unacceptable behavior.


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