7 Ways to Use the Power of Powerless Communication
Susan Cain

I’m going on a bit of a tangent here but I think a good follow-up question would be why some people choose to not answer the questions posed to them?

I work a highly technical job, have limited decision making input, but I’m also the sole resource for any particular project. When asking a group of questions requiring input at least 50%-70% of those won’t get a response. At this point i’ll either, ask again a bit later or if pressed for time make the decision myself. Some of those decisions won’t be noticed but when they are noticed they’re almost always rejected.

Why do people leave things open like this? I don’t think it’s time related. Maybe they don’t understand the question. OR, and this is the thing I keep wondering about, are they subconsciously setting you up for failure later?