In the September 12 New York Times, OpEd columnist David Brooks wrote a refreshingly apolitical opinion piece that is a worthwhile reflection on aspects of leadership that are as pertinent today as they were in the stories that formed the Old Testament. It’s worth a read for this reason alone. Continue reading
- How many names appear on your list?
- Does your own name belong on your list?
- When is the last time you offered your full listening attention?
- When is the last time someone fully and patiently listened to you?
There’s an instructive dichotomy between how western and eastern cultures view listening. In the west, we place responsibility on the speaker for getting the message right; for being clear. But in countries like China and Japan, it is the listener who shoulders the responsibility for engaging the messages conveyed ‘between the lines’ to arrive at the speaker’s real meaning. The listener is expected to create meaning from what is said – and not said. While neither cultural norm is better than the other, what is instructive is that there is another way to look at listening: as an active exploration for meaning. Continue reading