Update: Tweaked the snark. I had an extra word in there.
Back after a month and I go right for something blunt. No finesse at all. I heard this approach used several times in large meeting, and the ego involved that requires a compliment before a potentially tough question just sort of floors me. This approach doesn't work on me to the best of my knowledge. I just want you to get to the damn point. I have heard about the compliment sandwich before for reviews. Compliment. Criticism/Growth Point. Compliment. When someone does it to you and you know what they're doing, they might as well be feeding you a shit sandwich given how condescending it becomes at that point. I teach people I work with to watch for managers giving compliment sandwiches. They should know to avoid them and find managers who are actually engaged with their team.
Snarky: As a pivot goal for your midyear review, I'd like you to practice giving a compliment before you ask someone a question.
Title: That's a good idea. Was it your stupid *^*(%-ing idea?