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From Henna Inam: Awareness of our “filters” (the lenses through which we see the world) reduces the static in the connections we have with others. When we start to see a situation more objectively it allows us to be more emotionally intelligent in the situation, make better decisions, act from greater objectivity, and establish more genuine connections with others. Listening to how you listen is truly a transformational tool.
From Selling Power: Of the many ways to increase your sales performance, however, one of the most significant is listening. Learn to listen to your client. Take a break from being the speaker. The following eight steps will start you on your way to becoming a better listener in a sales situation. The better your listening skills, the more closing opportunities you will hear.
Whispers are always messages, and if you don’t hear the message, the message turns into a problem. And if you don’t handle the problem, the problem turns into a crisis. And if you don’t handle the crisis, disaster. Your life is speaking to you. What is it saying? Paul’s response: How loud does the whisper have to be? · Read more →
From Dr. Lynn Weiss in ADDitude: Does your adult ADHD get in the way of your paying attention to conversations with a friend or your boss? Find strategies to stay focused, avoid distraction and be a better listener here.
Arthur Laurents might have secured his place in the musical-theater pantheon with just three words: “Sing out, Louise!” As any lover of Broadway musicals knows, that is the first line spoken — or rather bellowed — by Momma Rose, the monster mother in “Gypsy,” as she races down the aisle of a dingy Seattle theater to take charge of an audition going awry. With those three words Momma Rose instantly claims her place as one of the most vital, funny and memorable characters in the history of the American stage. And she does it without singing a note.
The central theme of “Gypsy,” the destructive potential in the yearning for acceptance, is encapsulated in a few beats of dialogue, as Louise, now Gypsy Rose Lee, joins Rose onstage and finally asks the question: What drove her mother so relentlessly to seek the spotlight for her daughters, even if its heat burned away their love for her?
“Just wanted to be noticed,” Rose answers, in a moment of defeated illumination.
“Like I wanted you to notice me,” Louise replies.
In a dozen words: two lives, infinite loss, and a devastating coda to an immortal work of musical theater.
From FastCompany: Seeing is believing. And unless changes you commit to are observable to you and the stakeholders who have a stake in your improving as a leader, they are no more than good intentions