I have spent the past 25 years studying, practicing, teaching, researching, and writing about LISTENING and its direct connection to LEADERSHIP. I have realized one main thing: IF YOU LISTEN BETTER, YOU WILL LEAD BETTER. Why? Because listening is at the core of all human behavior and especially at the root of effective leadership. Listening is the thing we do the most of in our life, except breathing.
ARE YOU ONE OF THEM? It’s estimated that the majority of adults do not have any formal listening education. Yet, the average person misunderstands, ignores or forgets at least 75% of what they listen to. ‘Listening’ is definitely not the same thing as ‘hearing’. The costs of poor listening are too high to ignore, including loss of relationships, opportunities, trust, respect, credibility, money, and even loss of life, just to name a few. People lose when they don’t listen!
This website contains both free and affordable resources for you to increase your LISTENING LEADERSHIP performance. It consists of articles, books, assessments, a blog, an app, one-on-one and group listening and leadership coaching, listening aids, courses, seminars, podcasts, speeches, and retreats.
I encourage you to invest your time, effort, and energy in your listening leadership performance. It is a lifelong process and the results will prove invaluable to you. It has for me. LISTENING PAYS!
Rick Bommelje, Ed.D., CLP
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On a 1 – 10 scale with 10 be the highest, what score would you give yourself in terms of results on your goals so far this year? Are you on track with your goals? Have other things gotten in the way? Have you already abandoned your goals? If your score is less than 9, consider implementing a leadership practice that can be life transforming. It is easy to implement, simple to remember, achievable and sustainable. What is it? Identify your yearly theme….in ONE WORD. This is the ONE WORD that will focus you in all of your actions, the ONE WORD that you stand for and that propels you forward.
This is a practice that I have been personally living for the past 8 years and I have also observed other leaders implement the practice and get astounding results. How does it work? Select one word that when you think about it embraces what you want to accomplish every day consistently for the rest of the year. Last year, my one word was ‘release’. Every morning I wrote the word ‘release’ down on a piece of paper and asked myself “what can I release today?”. More importantly, I answered my question with a specific action that I committed to take that day. Looking back over the year, I released many things, including a negative habit that dogged me for decades…worrying. I also released habitually watching TV. For me, I believe what makes this practice stick is that the one word focused me instantly and that encouraged me to take meaningful action.
I invite you to test out the practice for yourself. And I am really interested to learn about your results. Please respond after the first month and let me know how tings are going.
P.S. My ONE WORD this year is perspicacity.
LISTENING PAYS….if YOU make the INVESTMENT!
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