It is amazing to me how many folks in senior positions get themselves in touble because they don’t take the time to think before they speak. It’s like they can’t help themselves. In the words of Plato” “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something.”
I like the acronym THINK. Analyze what you are going to say, before you say it. Is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? It is Kind? If we would all just take the time to ask and answer those questions…..and then act appropriately, we would have a better world.
A lot of what we hear senior leaders saying these days is just downright inflammatory. I am not sure if they are saying it just to get press coverage, or spark conversation….but it is just plain wrong.
Let’s all pause and remember the words of Abraham Lincoln: “Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”