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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FREE resources for you to increase your LISTENING LEADERSHIP performance. It consists of articles, a blog, audio podcasts, videos, and the Listening Habits Test.
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A fundamental tool for listening leaders is taking notes. Although you may periodically take notes when you are on the phone or in meetings, the majority of leaders normally do not take written notes.
The following 6 suggestions are designed to help you improve your note-taking ability:
1. Be prepared and decide whether or not to take notes. Preparation and readiness is the key. Listening leaders are constantly prepared with the simple tools of paper and pencil.
2. Adapt to the speaker’s structure and decide the extent and type of notes to be taken.
3. Learn and use different note-taking systems
4. Keep your notes brief and meaningful.
5. Your notes should be immediately clear at any later review.
6. Review your notes at a later time.
Several years ago, I had the privilege of interviewing Mary Lou Quinlan, the Founder & CEO of Just Ask A Woman. She shared the following experience:
I had a wonderful boss who was responsible for the major operations of a global ad agency. He always had a pad of yellow-lined paper and a pen when he sat down with someone. He always took notes as the other person spoke, and I must tell you what a positive effect that had. As he took notes I always thought, “He’s really listening; he cares what I have to say, so I better say smart and worthwhile things.” As he listened and took careful notes, he was in a position to follow up in a meaningful way, which was the best listening acknowledgement of all.
The bottom line is that note-taking is a positive listening habit. Better Listening = Better Leadership.
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