X Mbane, Manager, Saudi Arabia
A wise man once said why do people have ears if they don't use them to listen. People use what is called selective listening
they only listen to what they want to hear. Dr D. Schwartz in his book Think Big mentions that big people monopolize listening
while small people monopolize talking
. The sad reality is that if we don't listen we don't learn. An example: Gadaffi, had he listened to the pulse of the people of Libya, chances are that he would still be alive today.
Listening is important because it is by listening that you can put yourself into the speakers shoes. Dr. Nelson Mandela once said during the CODESA negotiations referring to his party members: what kind of leaders are you that you cannot see that the white South Africans are prepared to fight if you take away the springbok emblem from the rugby.
These are kind of people you need in life people that listens not only words but the emotions and unspoken words
. The world is in turmoil because nobody wants to listen.