Alright, so we have all been there, as I was this morning, sitting at the table during an important meeting. You watch, listening intently as the live tennis match of points, counter-points and other subtly irrelevant comments are made by leaders about a project or initiative that you are heavily invested in. You can see how there is a disconnect between the current phase of the project and the leaders slightly disjointed understanding of the project. They simply do not see the big picture. Your deep involvement has led you to see the intricate details and impact this project will have once completed. As you wait patiently for your moment to inject your solution to their points in a direction that you have seen is the path to go down, what do you do?
Here is my process:
1. I survey the audience for how technical my answer may need to be
2. Formulate a simple concise response that addresses the points of the leaders in an example separate but relevant to their points, that help them connect the dots between theory and application
3. Then kindly ask if you can interject and let your points do their work
How do you handle these types situations in your work environment?