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"Know your role and shut your mouth!"  Students from my leadership classes know what this is from.  They know what it means.  And before you ask, yes, I teach this and more things just like it.  If you know any of my students, ask 'em.  They'll tell you.  

Sometimes, maybe more often than we'd like to admit, we need to do exactly that.  Just be quiet!  Stay in your lane.  Your place.  Know your role.  And play it well.  Leaders really need to know this and put it to good use.  Exercise it.  And exorcise that severe case of logorrhea that you have.  Coincidence that it and the word diarrhea have the same ending?  I'll let you answer that.

We all need to be quiet now and again.  Ok, maybe you don't, but I do.  I need to shut my piehole sometimes.  Seriously.  You should do more listening than talking.  Two ears.  One mouth.  Another coincidence?  I think not.

And not only should we be quiet and quick to listen, we should also be slow to speak and slow to get angry.  Quick.  Slow.  Slow.  

How many situations never would have become situations if you'd applied the   quick, slow, slow technique?   Quick to listen.  Slow to speak.  Slow to anger.   

I am not the progenitor of this tidbit of cleverness.  It comes from the book of James in the Bible.

James 1.19 ...Don't ever forget that it is best to listen much, speak little, and not become angry; for anger doesn't make us good as God demands that we must be." (The Living Bible)

Good advice, ain't it?  So the next time you're ready to give someone a piece of your mind, keep all your pieces.  I'm pretty sure you need 'em.  Instead, give 'em peace.  And be quick about it.


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