30 Aug 2016
In today’s fast-paced world we can hear a lot around us, but do we really listen to what we are hearing? If we're being honest, the answer is likely no. Yet as a leader, when you don't fully listen you miss-out on opportunities to learn, grow, and even prosper your businesses, your team and even your family relationships and the community issues you care about most; all because you aren't tuned in and really listening to what is being said.
If we all actively listened to the people around us (if we were are present to what is flowing through our ears and into our brains, instead of thinking about other things at the same time), our world would be much, much different. Think about the hurt feelings, make-wrongs, and misunderstandings that could be avoided if we really listened to what was being said!
Why are we so disinterested in actually listening to what others have to say? Are we really so self-absorbed that what others say isn’t important to us? Of course, not! But our lack of listening does create a disconnect, where those who need you to hear them, can be left feeling as if you don’t care.