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  • "Powerful people do not have good listening skills. They hate to listen. They succeed by getting good at faking it … If you’re an extrovert, you think while you’re talking. And it’s impossible to listen to someone if you are thinking of the next thing you want to say."
    Penelope Trunk (1966–), US businesswoman, author, and blogger
    Source: Brazen Careerist blog (December 14, 2012)
  • "I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening."
    Larry King (1933–), US television presenter
    Source: Quoted in the Daily Telegraph (London) (December 16, 2010)
  • "Good listeners, like precious gems, are to be treasured."
    Walter Anderson (1944–), US writer and former CEO of Parade Publications
    Source: The Confidence Course: Seven Steps to Self-Fulfillment (1998)
  • "I think we have to lead people by being good listeners. That is to say, we lead in a company such as ours by drawing out ideas from people … We can't simply issue commands."
    Minoru Makihara (1930–), Japanese adviser to IBM, former chairman of Mitsubishi
    Source: Interview, Strategy + Business (Joel Kurtzman, January–March 1996)
  • "In the industrial age, the CEO sat on the top of the hierarchy and didn't have to listen to anybody … In the information age, you have to listen to the ideas of people regardless of where they are in the organization."
    John Sculley (1939–), US businessman, former president of PepsiCo and former CEO of Apple Computer
    Source: Nation's Business Today (1987)
  • "Sometimes listening itself may not be enough—some people must be prodded if you are to find out what they're thinking."
    Mary Kay Ash (19152001), US entrepreneur, business executive, and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
    Source: On People Management (1984)
  • "Wisdom comes with talking less frivolously and listening more seriously. The latter implies a learning attitude; the former assumes an air of omniscience that does not exist."
    S. K. Chakraborty (1957–), Indian academic
    Source: Management by Objectives: An Integrated Approach (1976)
  • "One never repents of having spoken too little but often of having spoken too much."
    Philippe de Commines (1445?1511?), French historian and politician
    Source: Mémoires (1524)
  • "I have often heard that the outstanding man is he who thinks deeply about a problem, and the next is he who listens carefully to advice."
    Livy (59 bcad 17), Roman historian
    Source: History of Rome (26 bc–15 ad)

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