Leadership Tip of the Day: The Wise Old Owl

Wise OwlA wise old owl sat on an oak
the more he saw, the less he spoke
the less he spoke, the more he heard
why am I not like that wise old bird?

I read that somewhere and couldn’t agree with its theme more…listening = wisdom.

Listening is a difficult art. Even those of us who are seemingly ‘silent’ are spending our time forming thoughts of what to say next; our responses based on pre-formed opinions of the situation.

I challenge all of us managers to take the steps to break this habit with our staff. But be warned, it’s a hard habit to truly break.