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Thursday August 14, 2014 #653

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”

~Karl A. Menninger


It is interesting that while we are most attracted to those who listen to us, we often forget to be good listeners ourselves.  It is a natural part of being human to want to be heard.  It is less natural to be willing to hear others.  In Stephen Covey’s seminal work, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a key habit is “seek first to understand, then to be understood”.  This remains are core behavior of exceptional people, especially leaders.  Ask good questions, and then listen – really listen – to the answers.  You will not only find incredible insights by listening, you will create trust and attractiveness as a leader and as a person.


August 24, 2014 Posted by | leadership, listening, trust | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Using trust to create magic

Thursday April 12, 2012 #410

 “It’s one of the characteristics of a leader that he not doubt for one moment the capacity of the people he’s leading…”

~Benjamin Zander

Thank you to JAMmer ER for tweeting this excellent reminder to all leaders.  Leaders have the responsibility of courageously moving people unable to succeed from their teams to roles within or without the organization where their strengths are a match.  Assuming this is occurring, their next critical responsibility is to trust their people as individuals and as a team to achieve amazing results.  Believe in them, articulate that belief constantly, and watch the magic happen.

July 29, 2012 Posted by | Belief, courage, leadership, trust | , | 1 Comment