Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Listening

Blink:
It takes discipline to ask questions, but it takes greater discipline to listen to an individual’s responses to the questions you asked.

Read On:
Following-up on my February 2nd entry entitled LEARN:

“Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don't have to do anything else. We don't have to advise, or coach or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen."
- Margaret J. Wheatley (writer and management consultant)

Conducting what I call an archeological dig by asking questions to learn more about the individual you are interacting with is a discipline. It takes greater restraint to listen to their responses without being distracting by something going on in the surrounding area or thinking about what you are going to have for dinner that evening. Listening is an art, another gateway to learning.

Remember to listen!

2 comments:

  1. "Maybe if we did a better job of listening, history wouldn't have to repeat itself." - Stephen Wright

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  2. And don't forget to really hear what is being said! "We look but we do not see... we listen but we do not hear." I don't know who said that... I probably wasn't listening!

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