You're going to get asked yes or no questions, and there are only three effective answers. Anything else is unprofessional, and what might be interpreted as weak. There's a difference between asked, "How's the project" - Inevitably, "fine;" and, "Are you 100% green this week?' Better questions get better answers. And when a professional gets a better question, a better answer is the best answer.
It may have happened to you as an individual contributor if you worked for a smart boss. But maybe it didn't because your boss didn't know how to drill down to get into the specifics of issues and problems. If it didn't happen to you then, it will definitely happen to you as a manager. Maybe it won't be your boss, but rather an executive, who are famous for the technique. Either way, you need to know how to handle the situation.
What are we talking about? Answering yes or no questions.
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