February 26; Work Relationships And Give Your Manager Time and Space
365 Daily Bible Verse &
One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful


26 February

Ask and you will receive,

and your joy will be complete.

John 16:24b

Work Relationships And Give Your Manager Time and Space

Questioning Behavior

It is often heard in academia that, “There is no such thing as a stupid question…”

This is, of course, a lie.

There is no surer way to lose influence with a professor or a boss than to ask them a routine question.

If you are an individual contributor you better understand your action of asking questions from your manager’s perspective: Do not act like a child.

Children at home and the office share a number of characteristics. Chief among them is that they are forever asking questions. Asking what to do. Asking how to do things. Asking when something is going to happen. Asking where the paper clips are ordered. Questions-Questions-Questions.

Your Business Professor has five children at home; I do not need any children at work. And neither does your manager.

So how do you not act like a child?

Do not bombard your boss with stupid questions. A ‘stupid question’ is determined not by the content ‘the what’ of the inquiry but on ‘the who’ is asked. “Where’s the restroom?” “When’s payday?” “Were we supposed to read Chapter 7?” are important questions. But…

Before you ask your manager — first ask yourself, “Can I get the answer anywhere else?” Develop and use a network of peers, your counterparts and friends. Bother them.

If you still get nowhere then check–not with the boss—but the boss’s assistant. Then and only then approach The Big Boss. Let him know that you’ve done your homework by asking Phil in accounting, Bob in HR and your Uncle David in Kentucky and the NSA but there seems to be a problem with …x… and I need your advice.  Because I get the answer no where else.

Avoid negative influence. As the second part of John 16:24 says, Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. Just be careful whom you ask.

Pray and ask Your Heavenly Father for anything and remember that your boss is not Jesus.



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