White Lie #3: "It's coming along just fine."
THE PRETENDING FIB
Honesty is the best policy. Your honesty may be returned with a similarly honest reply, accompanied by a useful suggestion.
"Quite frankly, I've been avoiding it like the plague. Can you suggest a way to start?"
Whether your boss responds favorably or otherwise, engage him by acknowledging your difficulty in completing the project and ask for guidance. Bosses who have "been there, done that" are an underutilized resource for suggestions to help us do our jobs more proficiently. Your boss may say, "I know what you mean, I used to dread doing that. I found that if I did [such and such], it wasn't quite so bad."
"I respect and admire your knowledge and expertise with these things, and I was hoping you would have some good tips for me."
White Lie 4: I'll do it first thing Monday morning.
This article comes from the February/March 2005 issue of ADDitude.