The Leader’s Playbook-13: Never miss the opportunity to be quiet and listen.

Being self-aware is something that I work hard on every day. Years ago I realized that I (and everyone else) talks too much and that we need to all be quiet and listen.

I must be an active, patient, and thoughtful listener. I must listen for understanding both with my ears and my eyes.

And, when I do make a decision to open my mouth, I need to think deliberately about what I’m going to say, how I’m going to say it, what the context is, the content of the message, the primary (and sometimes secondary audiences), the tenor and tone I’m going to take and the timing.

And as one of my former bosses once said, “Junior, never miss the opportunity to shut the #$% up”. Great advice.

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