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Mindfulness is being present to oneself. Leading oneself is the Odyssey. Mindful Leadership is about: Being, Thinking, Doing & Not Doing.
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Hey Leaders! Listening Isn't Easy, But It's Essential - Information Management (blog)

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Hey Leaders! Listening Isn't Easy, But It's Essential Information Management (blog) However, in working with leaders at all levels striving to strengthen their performance, listening skills aren't an issue some of the time; they are an issue nearly...

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, February 13, 2013 4:26 AM

From the article:

 

A Warm-Up Exercise for Your Listening Skills

Find a friend and try the following activity:

Conduct a conversation where the only rule is that you and your communication partner must begin each sentence with the last word of your partner’s sentence.

 

Let this run for about three minutes or, until one of you bursts into laughter with some of the resultant silly sentences.

 

 

The payoff from this simple “active listening” activity courtesy of Val and Sarah Gee writing in “Business Improv” (check out my Leadership Caffeine podcast with the authors) is to remind you how difficult it is to stay in the moment and remain focused on the words of your colleague. It takes deliberate effort to silence the symphony (or cacophony) in your mind.

 

 

While you might drive everyone nuts if you practice this technique without them knowing the rules, let the activity serve as a reminder of your obligation to listen harder and seek to understand.

Karen Dietz's comment, February 14, 2013 5:07 AM
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Renee Stuart's curator insight, February 14, 2013 7:30 PM

Are you just hearing others or truly listening to others?

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#1 Barrier to Leadership – Not Listening

#1 Barrier to Leadership – Not Listening | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
I introduced a series of the Top 10 Barriers to Leadership skills and leadership qualities. I have given a lot of thought to prioritize the top 10.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, January 23, 2013 9:27 AM

Never lose sight of the fact that inside every person is a real person who has the same fundamental needs to be loved and belong as anyone else. Make the person "feel felt" and you too will be transformed into a friend/ally.

ozziegontang's curator insight, October 12, 2013 11:26 PM

Hidden in the word "Listen" is the word "Silent." Most of us are most often speaking or getting ready to speak, thus missing much of what the other person said.