One of the many good things I have learned while interacting with sponsors and generally –- managing projects, is…
Always provide a recommendation.
In projects, when there’s an issue most likely to go beyond the set tolerances, you ask for steering. You do this by providing options, adding necessary support data and… your recommendation. Mind you, it’s always a good lesson on communication. If we don’t provide a recommendation, this is most likely due to laziness, no understanding for the VP’s / CEO’s / etc. lack of time or simply an unjustified belief in the SteCo’s omniscience.
These days, when provided with options by my spouse or colleague, I often catch myself saying: “What’s your recommendation?”