Three different times today, you've made your way to your boss's door, paused before knocking, and then just decided to turn around altogether. You've drafted and then promptly deleted five separate emails. You awkwardly loitered behind your manager at the coffee pot, willing yourself to speak up.
Why? Well, you have a work-related issue that's been plaguing you all day. And, on top of that, you have another problem: You have no clue how to actually deal with it.
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You want to approach your supervisor to get her advice on how you should proceed. However, you also don't want to seem like a fumbling idiot who's incapable of handling even the smallest roadblock.
All of the career advice you've read taunts you with this one sentiment: Come up with a potential solution that you can bring to your boss for approval.
That strategy is great — provided you have any clue where to get started. But, you? You're totally lost. You have no idea how to even begin resolving this issue, meaning the idea of coming up with a suggestion on your own is pretty much a pipe dream.
So, what do you do? How can you bring this problem to you boss, without seeming totally helpless and incompetent? Follow these five steps.