In today's lesson, we will learn how to get your boss to do whatever you want. The easiest way is to show some examples of how NOT to do this.
Your boss has a short attention span (I realize this is a generalization, but it's almost always true). Do NOT start your impromptu meeting with the phrase, "I just need 20 minutes."
If you REALLY need 20 minutes, schedule a meeting. Practice your discussion ahead of time so it doesn't go longer. It would be better to say you needed 30 minutes and finish ahead of time.
If after 45 minutes in your curbside meeting you still haven't made your point, you have crossed the point of diminishing returns. Your boss is now imagining shoving a dagger through your eye.
During this meeting, if your boss asks for the official policy on your issue and you hand him the policy, if would be a good idea if you told him ahead of time that:
a. This wasn't actually the official policy, even though it's on official letterhead, and
b. The reason it's not the official policy is because you JUST FUCKING MADE IT UP YOURSELF AND PASTED IT ONTO OFFICIAL LETTERHEAD.
Finally, make sure your issue is as important to your boss as it is to you. Finding a way to save $10,000 is great, but not if it costs $20,000 to do it YOU MORON.
Tomorrow we will learn how to get your way with your wife. I'll give you that lesson just as soon as my wife gives me the manual.