So you have bad news - you feel that the upper management will not like to hear about it. Here are two options.
The Harvard Business Review recommends a simple 4 step process:
Or you could use the Two Step:
- Lift carpet. Find somewhere to put the problem out of sight - out of mind.
- Sweep. Keep sweeping the carpet out of the bosses sight line.
Which is going to be the easiest. I question which method will become the de facto standard if some other forces are not at play. What might those other forces be?
What would happen if your management gave you a 3rd option? Simpler than the first two options.
Just make it Visible.
Simple - one step process. Then we decide what to do. We use group processes to identify multiple solutions before converging to "the one solution."