Claire writes: “A colleague often used to say that people needed ‘a good listening to’. There seems to be universal agreement that taking enough time to think is a useful and important skill. When we run courses and do 1-1s, we notice that people think differently – silence may help some – but talking or writing is an important part of the thinking process for others.
A recent article in The Guardian about Sarah Teather’s decision to spend time on retreat in order to decide about her future as an MP raises a different question. “This politician just needed to shut up and stop talking in order to make a decision”, she says of her month long listening experience.
Making time to think and listen is important. What is enough time this time?”
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