Alice, I'm hoping we can work together on this project in the spirit of cooperation.
I'll have some ideas, and you'll have some ideas, and together we can pick the best ones.
Alice: Sure, that's one approach. But I prefer to exhale deeply and roll my eyes while you prattle. Then I will verbally demolish your ludicrous ideas, and dismantle your mistaken self-image as a competent man. The carnage will create a striking contrast for the warm, clear glow of my brilliant ideas. Later, I will round out the package by spreading amusing stories about how ignorant you are.
Is there any chance of doing it my way?
Alice: Now watch the eyes."