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How Do You 'Correct' Boss?

(Q.3) I HAVE A BOSS WHO THINKS HE KNOWS IT ALL and he often tells me something he states as a fact and I know is wrong. I don't like to correct him, yet I don't want the error to continue through channels. Do I research the right answer and tell it to him, or keep quiet.

A.OUR BASIC GOAL ALWAYS SHOULD BE to seek truth. There is an old adage among Chicago News Bureau editors: "If your mother says she loves you, check it out."  The same goes for bosses. It is so easy to check facts online you must do it, or someone else will-- and embarrass your company. You don't have to be confrontational. Copy the correct information, put it into an email memo with the remark that, "I thought your information was so important I wanted to research it and add more and I discovered these facts. Can we discuss the minor changes we can make?" Never flaunt or let anyone, much less the boss, think you are trying to prove you're the smartest guy in the room. No one likes that one.

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