Monthly Archives: August 2013

Leading Requires Listening

ListeningDo you hear what I hear? Alright, sorry for that earworm. But, do you? How would you rate your listening skills? What about those of your organization’s leaders? It’s probably not something you think much about. We’re all busy. We frequently deal with background noise, unclear messages, interruptions, competing tasks, deadlines, personal issues – our brains are on overload.

Author and professor Dr. Judi Brownell writes, “Attention is a selective process that controls our awareness of events in the environment. Every day there are literally hundreds of sounds all around you that you never notice because you aren’t paying attention to them. If you don’t pay attention to something, it’s as if it never existed.” (more…)