We live in a world of haste. Add to this our eagerness to solve a problem and sometimes it means we don’t take the necessary time to understand a problem before we try to solve it. So, just as we have learned elsewhere, to be a better communicator, slow down. To be a better listener, slow down. To be a better problem solver, slow down. Slowing down to listen boosts your value. All men want to take action, so be that rare man who listens aggressively before taking action.

Call to action: Today, look for three opportunities to listen more carefully. Fight the temptation to solve any problem you are presented until you have taken the time—usually twice as long as you are used to taking—to understand the problem thoroughly. Time yourself. Be deliberate.