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21 02, 2017

Five habits to heal the heart of democracy

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From Parker Palmer at Global Oneness Project: The human heart is the first home of democracy. It is where we embrace our questions. Can we be equitable? Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our attention rather than our opinions? And do we have enough resolve in our hearts to act courageously, relentlessly, without giving up—ever—trusting our fellow citizens to join with us in our determined pursuit of a living democracy?
—Terry Tempest Williams

"We the People" called American democracy into being. Today, the future of our democracy is threatened. How can "We the People" call American politics back to health at a time when, in the words of Bill Moyers, "we have fallen under the spell of money, faction, and fear"? One answer is close at hand, within everyone's reach. We must return to the "first home" of democracy, which, as Terry Tempest Williams points out, is found not in a centuries-old document or in a distant city, but in the human heart. · Go to Five habits to heal the heart of democracy →

21 03, 2014

The ten habits of terrible listeners

Fri, Mar 21, 2014|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , |Comments Off on The ten habits of terrible listeners

From Andrew Sobel: Most people are poor listeners. What’s worse, as we get older and more experienced, it actually gets harder to listen. In any area you may work in, there are a limited set of problems that you will encounter. Once you’ve seen them all and solved them, you want to get right down to work when you run into one of them again. It feels like having to listen to others just slows things down. · Go to The ten habits of terrible listeners →

3 04, 2013

Paying attention to how we listen helps us be better leaders

Wed, Apr 3, 2013|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on Paying attention to how we listen helps us be better leaders

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. · Go to Paying attention to how we listen helps us be better leaders →

14 10, 2011

Eight steps to positive listening skills that can improve your sales

Fri, Oct 14, 2011|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , |Comments Off on Eight steps to positive listening skills that can improve your sales

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. · Go to Eight steps to positive listening skills that can improve your sales →

8 07, 2011

Oprah’s lesson 8: Whispers are always messages

Fri, Jul 8, 2011|Filed in: Paul's blog|Topics: , , |Comments Off on Oprah’s lesson 8: Whispers are always messages

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?

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