Monday, November 24, 2014

Listen and Learn

One of my favorite times of the year is Thanksgiving. Good food, special friends and wonderful family all around one table.  It just doesn’t get any better than this.

One of my favorite things that happens over Thanksgiving is the telling of stories. Sometimes, we have heard them before and other times they are new. Which ever the case, it is in the listening and the learning that valuable, shared connections are made.

Today, I am reminded of a quote by the late Stephen Covey. As he wrote, “Real listening shows respect. It creates trust. As we listen, we not only gain understanding; we also create the environment to be understood. And when both people understand, both perspectives, instead of being on opposite sides of the table looking across at each other, we find ourselves on the same side looking at solutions together.” 

This week, listen with an open heart and discover new insights. May you and yours be well blessed with good food and great family times together this week.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

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