September 17, 2021

Good listening is much more than being silent while the other person talks.

Do you think you are a good listener - while in reality you are really more of a debater?

HBR busts a few myths and offers some interesting research for leaders.

#Leadershipdevelopment #careerdirection #EQ #activelisteningskills #motivational

What Great Listeners Actually Do

by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman

July 14, 2016

Summary.   What makes a good listener? Most people think is comes down to three components: not interrupting the speaker, following along with facial expressions, and being able to repeat back almost verbatim what the speaker has just said. According to research from Zenger and Folkman, however, we’re doing it all wrong. Instead of thinking of a good listener as a sponge —absorbing everything but providing little feedback — a skilled listener should be thought of as a trampoline who amplifies and supports a speaker’s thoughts by providing constructive feedback. Engaging in a two-way conversation is essential, according to data, and Zenger and Folkman define six levels of listening, all meant to help listeners develop this skill.

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September 17, 2021

Research on 40,000 people shows that the most effective networking strategy is a selective, less superficial initial approach, followed by diversification after you’ve been at a company for two years.

#careerdirections #networking #onboarding

The Best Way to Network in a New Job

by Rob Cross and Peter Gray


Summary. What’s the best way for a new hire to start making connections in an organization? Research on 40,000 people shows that the most effective strategy is not broad outreach or relying on a mentor to make introductions but instead a more selective, less superficial initial approach, followed by diversification beyond the two-year mark.

Read the article on Harvard Business Review HERE 

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September 17, 2021

The art of leadership is no longer merely to plan and direct action, but to inspire and empower belief.

#careerdirections #selfleadership #empoweringbeliefs

High-Performing Teams Start with a Culture of Shared Values

by Greg Satell and Cathy Windschitl
May 11, 2021

Summary: In today’s disruptive marketplace, every organization needs to attract, develop, and retain talent with diverse skills and perspectives. The difference between success and failure will not be in the formulation of job descriptions and compensation packages, but in the ability to articulate a higher purpose. That begins with a clear sense of shared mission and values. Managers must clearly communicate their organization’s shared mission and hire people who will be inspired to dedicate their talents to it. The art of leadership is no longer merely to plan and direct action, but to inspire and empower belief.

Read the article on Harvard Business Review HERE 

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September 17, 2021

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.

M. Scott Peck

#Reassess #rebootyourcareer #careerdirections

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