How do we listen to others with our hearts? Tips to help us improve our listening skills…

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Listening with your heart!

 

Listening With Your Heart…  Quote from this website article from Charter for Compassion, a non-profit enterprise…

Leadership begins with listening. Usually we are so excited about speaking and expressing ourselves so explicitly that we do not even listen to the responses. When someone responds, our minds are so  busy and pre-occupied with our own thoughts that the inertia of motion of our thoughts overrides our listening capabilities. Inevitably, we miss out on vital clues inside the mind of our teams and this hampers the basic output or consequences.”

Pocahontas – Listen With Your Heart…  Click on video clip to get in the mood…

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I work with very passionate friends and colleagues who are excited all the time when we get together…  What are we excited about?  Building the best non-profit K-12 after-school program and business model on the planet at Neighbors for Kids, Depoe Bay, Oregon!  And what is the biggest challenge for all of us during our meetings?  Well, the easy answer is “listening.”  All of us often start talking at once and coach each other at the same time to discipline our listening skills.  And after many years of excitement and passion, listening effectively is still a work in progress.  We are getting better all the time, and my bet is we will never be perfect.  But because we care about each other and the work we do with kids, we listen with our hearts.  As a team, we count on the meeting facilitator at that time to keep us all on track…  We believe “leadership begins with listening!”

Check out the listening tips provided in the link on this page above.  It is a good thing for all of us to be reminded often of the importance of improving listening skills, and do try to listen with empathy and from your heart…

Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1…  Click on the highlighted text for my author page…

 

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