Turning off the Shut Down

Two-Minute Tune-Up

None of us like a know-it-all who won’t listen to reason.

In a management class recently, one of the participants continuously spouted off condemnations against his boss, his company, the unmotivated younger generation, you name it. Anytime a solution was offered for one of his complaints, he shut it down with a standard reply; “It won’t work. Tried that. You can’t fix stupid, etc.”

He reminded me of me; of the times when I refused to listen to anyone who challenged me to change.

cold water brigade

Sometimes the know-it-all is us.

To keep myself from throwing cold water on others’ suggestions, I am learning to say:

  • Tell me more about that.
  • What am I missing?
  • What else?

By disabling the shut-down switch, I listen, learn, and grow up.

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