We all know how important it is to be silent when you are listening. Truly listening. This can sometimes be very difficult for some to do; and it takes a fair amount of self-awareness and self control to be good at this consistently. However, this post assumes that one has the self control to be able to receive the communication in an empathic way. And that we are able to do it every time despite our emotional state. This level of emotional empathy and openly listening is the most effective way to develop a meaningful response in any conversation. As Stephen Covey asserts, many “listeners” are listening to develop a response. A verbal response. We miss so much of the subtle non-verbal cues when our mind is churning through thoughts that will soon become words. However, this post is more about what we do with the information that we just received Continue reading Learn to Listen…Then ACT
We have all heard the phrase “use it or lose it”. This applies to many aspects of our life, not just the often associated physical fitness part of our lives that we immediately think of after hearing this. It applies to our brains, our psyche, our influence, and in the leader’s world, our learning ability. In the life of the leader, learning is the capacity to effect change as a result of turning new information into action. The greatest of leaders do this proactively in response to new information that must be integrated in a world where information overload and more data “magically” translates into “better” outcomes.
Now Bruce Lee may have intended to illustrate that a wise man is simply more capable of learning. However, I believe that Mr. Lee’s point that we are to reflect on through his wise words is that there lies more power in the art of asking questions and in training the mind to be more inquisitive, than to presume we have all of the answers.
Have you ever noticed that you often hear countless questions from those that often end up Continue reading Smart Leaders Have All The Questions