Effective Listening

Effective Listening

“The first duty of love is to listen.” Paul Tillich

This last week has been a very hard week.  I almost didn’t post.  This is a painful time for us. The events going on around all of us are heartbreaking.

Like so many of you, I am sad, angry, and devastated by recent events in our country. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others are senseless, inexcusable and reflect the deeply ingrained racial prejudice and injustice that still exists in our communities today.

As a mom, a wife, a leader it is stirring many emotions and questions.  How can this happen?  What can I do? I think back to my own experiences and wonder if I could have done more.  I remember an employee sharing with me how often he was needlessly pulled over on the way to work because of the color of his skin.  It seems minor compared to today’s devastation but is it? Where does it start and how does it end? We must believe we are all made better by diversity and center on the notion of creating a world where everyone respected, appreciated and able to be themselves.

We need change. It begins not only by speaking out, but by listening. Listen to those around you as they share what it’s like to be a person of color in our country today or LGBTQ or Middle Eastern.  We need to open our ears and then our hearts.  Listen more and talk less.  We don’t need to respond we just need to care.  We don’t have those experiences and can’t even imagine them, but we can care and love.

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” Dalai Lama

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Leadership Legacy

Leadership Legacy

You are going to leave a leadership legacy whether you are intentional or not.  Take the time to create a meaningful Leadership Legacy Statement and write your own story.

Happy Memorial Day 2020

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.” John F Kennedy

“If you want to thank a soldier, be the kind of American worth fighting for.”

“It takes the best in each of us to make the best world for all of us.”

Memorial Day is about taking a time out and remembering.  As a leader when people take a time out how do you want them to remember you?  What type of memorial impression are you leaving on them?  Are you creating the leadership legacy that you expect?

Perhaps leaving a legacy is too far out there for you to think about today.  How about this?  When you enter the room are those you lead excited to see you?  (more…)

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