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Question Authority

Updated on September 22, 2013

I Can Do Anything You Can Do Better!

When is a good time to question authority? Some may say never while others would say always. I believe the answer is that it is always good to question or challenge the status quo but timing is everything. In the olden days a wrong question at the wrong time might even result in being killed!

However, imagine if no one ever pushed back or questioned authority. We would probably have dynasties and empires still in existence today. Many of our now commonplace inventions may not have been discovered and the world might be a very different place.

Many of us have similar challenges today in the workplace where we find ourselves constrained by the current administration or maybe just an unruly boss who is just too narrow minded to listen to a better way of doing things. In order to get a foothold on the situation, we must carefully pick our time to pose our question or to state our ideas.

Keep in mind some managers or bosses may perceive your knowledge, enthusiasm or ideas as a threat to their position or status in the company. This is where you must pick your time and place to make your pitch. Some companies have suggestion programs that may be useful to break the ice and offer your thoughts unfortunately sometimes your ideas may be evaluated buy people without vision or an understanding of the issue.

Before forging ahead, it is imperative that you have a very clear understanding of the ramifications of implementing your idea or suggestion. Talk to the subject matter experts in their respective fields. Remember, you do not always have to be the smartest person in the room. No one knows everything!

Once you are positive that your ideas would benefit your company then it is your obligation to elevate them to the upper echelon. Remember to follow protocol but try to escalate your idea to the decision makers or the stake holders of your company.

Document everything and be objective. You may learn things along the way that you did not know before. The bottom line is that even if you do not have earth shattering results, your company leaders may view you in a different light. Most corporate executives are looking for the creative people – not the people who tell them what they want to hear. But remember, there is a time and a place- choose it carefully!


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    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Document everything is key - save every email as otherwise if you perm-delete any, you've lost what could otherwise have been super helpful. Good hub earning you a vote-up.


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