Listening Pays Book


Sales Director Stu Preston is a man at a crossroads. After being given six months to improve his performance or find another job, Stu is clueless as to what he needs to do to turn things around.  His boss has directly stated that Stu is not listening.  However, Stu does not know where to begin or what to do about recovering from his listening deficit.

Through an unlikely sage, Stu realizes how important listening is as he discovers a new way to listen more successfully at work and in life.   Listening is the cornerstone of all human behavior.

In a true-to-life story, LISTENING PAYS offers you a practical and powerful system that can be the distinct advantage in becoming a great listener.


Listening Pays. Its title could not more aptly describe the lesson taught in this leadership fable by Rick Bommelje. With story and example, Rick provides us with answers to two significant questions: What is a good listener? And, if you aren’t a good listener, how do you become one?

~ MARSHALL GOLDSMITH, bestselling author, What Got You There Won’t Get You There and Mojo, and world’s most influential leadership thinker


Rarely do we find a leadership handbook that can change the lives of leaders, across the three sectors.  Listening Pays is an incredible gift to leaders determined to listen, learn and grow.

~ FRANCES HESSELBEIN, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor.


Talking is highly overrated. Listening is far more important in getting people to trust you. The truth is that the best leaders are the best listeners. And Rick Bommelje reveals how to be one of them in his highly engaging book, Listening Pays. Through strong narrative, believable characters, and a true-to-life story he offers immensely useful listening aids, self-assessments, practical tips, and daily listening scorecards. Listening Pays shows you how to make a habit of listening—and that’s a very good habit to have.

~ JIM KOUZES, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge, and Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University 


LISTENING PAYS brings the profitable practice of listening alive through a riveting and real world story.  Filled with solid, proven and practical content, Dr. Rick Bommelje provides compelling listening strategies that will serve you for the rest of your life.  Personal profit awaits everyone who invests in, and applies, the wisdom outlined within LISTENING PAYS!

~ DR. LYMAN (MANNY) STEIL, CSP, CPAE, Founder and First President of the International Listening Association