Want your boss to trust you and delegate more responsibility to you? First, be very careful to separate fact from opinion in your mind and in your speech. Your boss wants the facts first and your opinion second. Give them in that order and make it clear which is which. Separating fact and opinion is the foundation for good judgment and good judgment is the foundation for trust and responsibility.
Second, never bring your boss guesswork without also bringing two ways to fact check your guesses. If you feel compelled to speculate — offer to research or experiment as necessary to draw a solid conclusion. So, if you speculate, follow it up with – “I’ll find out by…”
Why go to the trouble of researching answers? Because you’ll:
- discover you can answer a lot of questions yourself
- become a source of positive energy
- build confidence in yourself
- show you understand that your job is not to pose riddles but to solve them
Show your boss that you are good at gathering facts, telling the truth about what you found and forming reasonable opinions around those facts. Do that and you’re well on your way to making yourself indispensable!