There are times when a leader shouldn’t listen. Some things aren’t worth listening to. Here is a short list:

Critics who don’t offer usable insights.

Personal attacks.

Whiners with no solutions.

People who don’t value your time (probably because they don’t value their time).

Those who ask for advice but never take it.

Anyone asking for advice who really only wants validation.

Suggestions from those with no expertise.

Anyone who only say it can’t be done because they haven’t done it.

The man or woman who focuses only on the negative.

Who else would YOU add?

Mark Sanborn
About Mark Sanborn

Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is an international bestselling author and noted expert on leadership, team building, customer service and change. Mark Sanborn graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University. In addition to his work as a business educator and author, Mark continues to be an active leadership practitioner. Most recently he served as the president of the National Speakers Association.

2 Responses to 9 Times to Stop Listening
  1. Repetitive people to whom you’ve listened once already.

  2. People who take 10 minutes to express a 1-minute thought. (If it takes them that long to formalize their point in their mind, it is obviously not well thought out, or they think you are just as thick as they are.)


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