Category Archive: Listening

How to Leverage Your Most Powerful Tool of Influence Today

Your most powerful tool of influence is a pair of caring ears. Today’s leadership challenge is the daily practice of caring engaged silence. Caring engaged silence: A caring heart is permission to lead.… Continue reading

How to Energize Low-Energy Employees

Managers complain about pushing low-energy employees. Low-energy suggests lack of purpose, not lack of energy. Don’t try to energize low-energy employees. Help them connect with their purpose. Purpose pulls. You don’t push people who… Continue reading

7 Ways Successful Managers Interrupt

Successful managers have bad manners, sometimes. You aren’t going far if you don’t learn how to interrupt people who talk too much. Managing isn’t therapy.   Interrupt: Successful managers have bad manners when… Continue reading

Five Things That Go Up When Leaders Listen

Ears expand influence. Leaders spend too much time thinking about talking and too little working on listening. What would happen to the people around you if you were more excited to listen than speak?… Continue reading

The Best Thing to do For Yourself in 2016

You want to teach, achieve results, and make meaningful contributions. But, the thing that will make the biggest difference for your leadership is learning. In the end, learning comes first. Learning precedes achievement.… Continue reading

Why Leaders Don’t Listen

When was the last time someone let you know you mattered by listening to you? Real listening is the dodo bird of leadership. 13 reasons leaders don’t listen: Time. Be honest. You don’t have… Continue reading