Thursday, 7 April 2011


As a leader, how well do you listen?

I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again.  Simple, honest, human conversation.  Not mediation, negotiation, problem-solving, debate, or public meetings.  Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well.

What would it feel like to be listening to each other again about what disturbs or troubles us?  About what gives us energy and hope?  About our yearnings, our fears, our prayers, our children?

From:  Turning to One Another by Margaret Wheatley
Published by: Berrett-Koehler


  1. I feel the key part of listening is that we hear what the person is saying and maintain a non-judgemental perspective. Most of the time people feel that they have to keep things away from others because of the fear of rejection, judgement, and being deemed wrong.

  2. In coaching, it is said that we need to listen for content and listen for emotion. It's important to listen for both because we need to recognize that content and emotion form the message that is being delivered.