Tell me a time when you went around your manager to make a decision. Why did you do it, and what was the outcome?The question is so good because the answer reveals so much.
- If you has never done this, does it mean that you are not very experienced, or that you are a corporate sheep, going along to get along.
- If you have done this, does it mean that you are following your own agenda rather than trying to implement your company's strategy.
Using the idea of incentive alignment,(make sure employees have enough information to make good decisions and the incentive to do so), it becomes clear what a good answer might be:
I have gone, and would go, around my manager if I thought I had better information than she did. But if I thought she had considered my point of view, I would defer to her judgement, as she may be trying to achieve goals or have concerns that do not occur to me.
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