All my life, no matter where I sat on the totem pole, I've always had this philosophy. If the cleaner in the office says something that makes sense, I listen. And if a Dato, a Tan Sri or a GM says something that doesnt make sense, I reject.
To me it's always been the value of the content, the value of the contribution.
Then I joined PICA, and I heard so many self congratulatory and insincere flattery, I wondered if they actually believe what they were saying.
I now wonder if that is why when a known strong player sits opposite someone else, the other guy crumbles. Maybe they respect the title too much and then forget how to think. Just musing while my coffee is brewing.