There are times when you should just keep your mouth shut.  Don't believe me?  Just ask Peter from the Bible.

For those of you unfamiliar with the stories of the Good Book there is one found in Mark Chapter 9 that proves my point.

Jesus had just taken three guys up to the mountains for some down time.  Peter was one of the guys.

During the getaway there was definitely a "mountaintop" moment and the appearance of Jesus was "transformed," according to the Scriptures.

Upon seeing this happen, Peter 'exclaimed.'  Fancy way of saying he got a little too excited.

He said, "It is wonderful for us to be here!  Let's make 3 shelters as memorials - one for you (Jesus), one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

We are told, "He said this because he really didn't know what else to say . . ."

Have you ever said something because you "really didn't know what else to say?" I know I have.

Good leaders know when to speak and when to stay silent.  They understand the importance of listening and watching.

Your job as a leader is not to solve every problem.  Your job is to discover solutions.

Chances are, there is a solution waiting to be discovered by listening to a teammate.  By seeking to collaborate.  By brainstorming instead of bulldozing.

The Bible also says, "Be slow to speak and quick to listen."

Heed those words and you might find that others are more interested in what you have to say.



Do you think it is more natural to be a talker or a listener?  What are the keys to being a good listener?

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Russell Brown

12 years ago

Sounds like marriage advice 🙂
I think being a good evaluator of yourself lends to listening better to others. I become amazed at people who get so tunnel visioned that they think everyone else is wrong and they are right. They don't hear what is being said, because they are so self focused. If everyone is saying I'm wrong or there is a better, it is a great que to self evaluate and listen.
Hope that makes sense? Been up a while 🙂 I'm enjoying these Randy, mixing them in with my quiet time every morning.


12 years ago

Thanks Russ. Great comments!


12 years ago

"Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt".
Abraham Lincoln


12 years ago

That's a fact bro!

Josh Block

12 years ago

Great word for me today. Thanks Randy. Reminds me of Peter in Matthew 16 as well:
21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are ua hindrance to me. For you vare not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”


12 years ago

Peter really needed to read this blog Josh! Thanks for the comment.


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