the boss: wally, can you explain why your deliverables are late?
wally: an experiment at kit suggests there is no objective reality, so maybe i wasn't late.
the boss: i don't know how to respond to that.
wally: try smiling and nodding. maybe toss in an "oh."
Dilbert: We need your help making a decision. Jeff doesn't understand my product strategy because he isn't an engineer. And I don't understand any of his marketing nonsense. That's why we came to you.
Boss: Because I understand both marketing and engineering?
Dilbert: No, it's because you don't understand either one. We didn't have a coin to flip, and your decisions are totally random, so...
Boss: Maybe you could describe the situation.
Dilbert: I don't see how that helps.