Lots of people in my office seem to like giving me advice but sometimes not on productive matters. For example, someone spent 30 minutes telling me about why I need to be more general when it comes to programming and learn a particular package.
- How do you get someone like this off your case? I try to say as little as possible and agree but sometimes I'm stuck in a conversation for 30+ minutes.
- How do you convey the topic isn't productive? In this case the person focused on a detail instead of looking at the broader picture. Plus, it's unlikely that my employer is going to give me time off work to learn the suggested skill.