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ACTIVE LISTENING IS PREVENTATIVE
I was teaching a Management Course for the last four weeks now and everyone agreed that we could do better in the area of active listening.
Listening is a under-developed skill for the majority of professionals and managers.
We always have to have a say when simply the answer can be found in listening with intentions.
80% of conflicts and misunderstandings can be prevented and resolved by simply listening with the heart and mind together.
We do not have to win every argument or be the last one to say something marvelous. We don't need to be 'the smartest person' in the room either.
We don't need to boost our ego for senseless showmanship.
I heard one person talked about using 'verbal judo' in dealing with difficult people.
I would say, try the active listening jujitsu first and see the difference.
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We all have a to-do list. We do.
This list piles up as we navigate another setback with the pandemic.
But have you ever wondered, that before you add more to your list. You need to take out three things:
Not helpful to your goals- eschew them and replace with things that help you everyday get to where you want to be;
Not relevant- eschew ideas that are pedestrian or simply have lost their essence through evolution or revolution;
Not tenable- eschew practices that you will never be able to implement or accomplish given what you're already doing. Be honest with yourself.
Be very cruel about these things or this will hamper your ability to accelerate your progress.
Again, be honest with yourself.
What are you removing from your list today and freeing yourself from?
Your freedom starts today
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WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
What could possibly go wrong?
When vaccines are in short supply while thousands get infected everyday with the new variants overwhelming the health-care system...
When officials implement draconian measures to curb the transmission without due regard of rights, equity, and fairness and apologize with tears afterwards..
When science-backed findings do not get into the policymakers' heads.. or when science is distorted to reflect reality and not the other way around..
When simply going about your ways as if the COVID19 doesn't exists is a form of escape..
Where are the best minds in our country who can help out right now...
Perception is reality.
When the government says that it's under control, it doesn't mean that it's all under their control.
What can possibly go wrong when everyone conforms to the desperation and no one appeals for collective wisdom and an enlightened approach?
In your organization, are you just adhering to the instructions or are you actually listening for what is not being said? Can you make an intelligent analysis and come up with suggestions when others act on the basis of fear?
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EGOS AND DRAMA
Organizations with individuals who are full of egos are heading towards an internal sabotage, if not abated.
These individuals who have talent but lack empathy and self-awareness, no matter how valuable they are in the organization are running on a limited bandwidth.
When push comes to shove, their talent can't be depended on when a serious adjustments and adaptations are required from everyone in the organization.
When strategic thinking is required, they tend to reason out why things can't be done in the organization versus having a mindset of openness and flexibility.
Misaligned teams and Boards do not ever accomplish more than they intend to do. They can be the proverbial 'stumbling block' to serious attempt at steering the organization to a better direction.
If there are too many fragile egos in the room, prepare to use more than fair share of wisdom and insight.
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