Listen like a leader. Most importantly, understand the perspective that the speaker is coming from.
And… it is also one of the most difficult.
Listening well is hard. Listening well, consistently, is even harder.
Lately, I have been paying more attention to what is happening when the listening is good.
The key is having some good buckets– categories to help you organize what you hear, and to feed it back.
People need to know that you have heard them… that you are with them… and that you got the gist.
Buckets help you organize your listening and feedback.
One on One
Imagine an emotional co-worker coming to you with a long story about why a project is in jeopardy. You listen intently to what she has to say, and look for the main ideas. After she is done, you can respond with empathy and understanding.
“I am hearing three main concerns here……
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