Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Are you listening?

In conversation with those you lead, do you just listen or do you listen for meaning?

Consider these thoughts from the book cited below:

  • Listening well is at the core of effectively addressing challenging conversations.
  • Active listening comprises six discrete skills: encouraging, clarifying, restating, reflecting, summarizing, and validating.
  • Real interests and needs are often communicated nonverbally.  We ignore nonverbal signals at our peril.
  • Skilled listeners use reframing skills to provide new insights and to focus on the more positive aspects of a situation.
From:  The Principal as Leader of Challenging Conversations
(Published by: Corwin & the Ontario Principals' Council)

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