When Pitino's son Ryan began working for UBS, his father immediately told him to go out to lunch with the most veteran employees and listen intently to their every word because "Listening means humility." More than a matter of respect, attentiveness is a sign of eagerness to be taught the tricks of the trade.
"You obviously pick out that the person speaking knows more than you, so that you're going to pick that brain." Pitino says. "That's the biggest weakness in young people today, is their lack of focus and their inability to just zero in on the task at hand."
Pitino says he's seen a correlation between the rise in social networking and technology and a decline in the number of young people willing to really receive a lecture. That makes the skill all the more valuable.