As it turns out, this wasn't an original thought. The Tremeloes got there way before me in 1967.
When The Tremeloes adeptly invented the concept in their philosophical hit song, they took the musical and educational world by storm. Yes boys, you were right on - silence is golden!
Coincidentally, Dan Rockwell in his Leadership Freak blog has picked up on The Tremeloes paradigm and contributed to it, in his own inimitable fashion.
- Silence says this matters. Blabbing suggests frivolity. Silence indicates that this topic is worthy of careful consideration.
- Silence says we aren’t moving to the next item.
- Silence is space to reflect, rethink, and face reality.
- Silence shifts responsibility. As long as you’re speaking, they don’t have to. Don’t rescue someone who knows how to swim.
- Silence waits for their solutions. You aren’t the solution fairy.
Used well, silence is like Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator - a perfect weapon.
So, like I said in the previous post: Shut Up!