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Things to Think About - When you speak, you only repeat what you know. But, if you listen ...

Things to Think About
By Pepper de Callier

“When you speak, you only repeat what you know.  But, if you listen, you may learn something new.”  HH the Dalai Lama

Okay, okay, I can hear you saying to yourself, “Yeah, but what I know is important and I need to say it!”  No problem, I get that, but let’s apply some contextual understanding to this wonderful quote from His Holiness the Dali Lama.  Have you ever been in a discussion, or a meeting, when someone with something to say—a smart person with important information—didn’t know when to stop talking?  Yes, you may have something important to say, but unless you ask—and listen—you won’t learn if you were understood. Another thing I’ve found over the years is that good ideas—important ideas—generally get better when they are discussed and there is a balance of talking and listening. Then, everybody learns and benefits.

Good luck on your journey!

About the Author: Founder and Executive Director of Prague Leadership Institute, which was named “Best Corporate Leadership Coach Europe—2015”, by U.K. based Corporate Vision, Pepper de Callier, is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at /

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