I started with nothing, and I still have most of it!
One that we used to use on bosses like that was"It is difficult to think outside the box if you don't know what's in the box."
Before retiring, we had every vice president telling us how to run our section. The problem was, their field of expertise had nothing to do with ours. They had more stripes on their sleeve so you had to do it their way, only to find it didn't work, just like we said when it was presented. You would think we were in the Army or something, but it was a private company. Oh well, glad I was able to retire and get out of the corporate rat race.