question mismatch

Sometimes, we get asked the wrong questions. Not a simple yes or no question in this case. A question that requires an answer in the form or shape of a report, document, or plan. A wrong question, not in the sense that the topic is sensitive or taboo. Wrong in the sense that the resulting answer is probably not going to be satisfactory.

Maybe you get asked to develop a certain plan, one that you know will be obsolete instantly. Perhaps the question hasn’t taken current legislation into account. Do you answer the question, or do you come up with an alternative question and answer the latter instead?

If possible, do both. Answer the question the way it’s being asked, but have your alternative answer ready.

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