Are You Listening Or Waiting?
There is a great quote from Daniel Pink where he says:
For many of us, the opposite of talking isn't listening, it's waiting.
Do you consider yourself a good listener?
What are you listening for?
What aren't you listening for?
These questions came up recently when I was working with a group of coaches and leaders.
Using our shared book, we could have spent our time having an intellectual conversation about the importance of listening, but instead I created a space for them to practice listening in different ways.
Using a short segment of a talk, I invited the leaders to listen in 3 different ways.
Using this shared listening experience, they went off into breakout rooms to connect this experience to the content of the book, in order to generate ways to tweak their own listening practice.
Here is some of what I heard that I found worth noting:
At the end of this activity, I invited them to identify 1 person whom they work with that they would like to listen to differently.
Would you say you are a listener or a waiter?
Originally posted on LinkedIn with comments.
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I am Theresa Destrebecq (I dare you to try to pronounce it...)