Every workday, we make hundreds of instant decisions amid fast-moving conversations on when to speak and when to stay mum. Sometimes we say too much and dig ourselves into a hole. Other times, we zip our lips and pay the price for not speaking up.
By tapping the power of silence, you draw attention to your impressive actions. As industrialist Henry Kaiser said, “When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”
On the other hand, voice your opinion if you think you can make a constructive contribution. And urge employees to chime in. Heed British comedian Benny Hill’s line, “Just because nobody complains doesn’t mean all parachutes are perfect.”