Thought for the Day 17 July, 2017 2


Thought for the Day 17 July 2017

My gastroscopy on Friday came back clear and the doctor says I don’t need to come back for the next check until 2019. So on to other things.

I was thinking about an old smutty Scottish joke I heard once. It goes something like this.

A young man was wandering in a red-light district somewhere in Glasgow. A pretty young lady wearing a really short skirt approached him.

“Would you like a short time?” she asked.

“All things considered, I’d like rather a long time,” he replied.

“No, you misunderstand me,” she said, in a bit of a huff. “I’m in business for myself.”

“Oh, and how’s business?” he asked.

“Business is great,” she replied. “If I had another pair of legs, I’d open in Edinburgh.”

So, what’s this got to do with anything?” you might ask.

Well, the point from the joke is that misunderstandings are all too easy when people don’t listen properly to what others are saying.

Which, leads me to my thought for today:

“People are given two ears and one mouth so that they can listen twice as much as they talk!”

And, by that I mean really listen. Many people listen only so far and then, subconsciously, make assumptions about what’s coming next. So they hear what they expect or want to hear, rather than what is actually said. This leads to all sorts of miscommunication. This point is well illustrated by an old Project Management cartoon that I first saw in the nineteen seventies. This cartoon is my image for this post. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Have a great day,

Cheers, Dave


About Dave Macfie

Dave Macfie is the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action. Dave’s qualifications include a double honors degree in mathematics and physics and a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude) His career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Sandi and three of his seven children. Dave loves addressing business performance challenges, reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, gardening and spending time with his family.


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