“Politics is almost as exciting as war and quite as dangerous! In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes” – Winston Churchill
Simple translation be quiet and listen. You may learn something even from a fool.
I therefore resolve to be quiet and listen. I will let you know what i learn later today.
Well yesterday, which was a Friday, i took a bit of my own advise and listened more than i spoke. It revealed a lot. On the one hand i had been observing some very naughty and disruptive staff act out and feeling funky with themselves for apparently getting away with it. I decided to call one of them to my office and give her a hearing as to why she was acting out so badly. I decided not to talk much. It paid dividends. I allowed her to vent. What she revealed about herself unfortunately did not put her in a good light, it did help me understand her better and what she was capable of and how to plan against it.
After seeing the insight this gave me. I tried it with the other staff. It was a bit like being the undercover boss, but i wasn’t under cover, but my silence put them at ease and made them forget who i was a litte. This allowed me to see who they really are. I now know how to get the best out of some and what i need to do about others. This is valuable information in a world of business where all hands need to be working in the same direction. If they are not then one must remove them. We must let one bad apple spoil the bunch.
Indeed one is never to old to learn something new.
Bye for now.