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Issue 610 - "Leaders Listen" (Liz Wiseman)

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"LEADERS LISTEN" (LIZ WISEMAN)

 
 
Liz Wiseman is a bestselling author, researcher, and elite leadership coach. In her New York Times bestseller, Multipliers: she researched over 150 leaders worldwide. Liz Wiseman and John Wooden would both tell you that great leadership starts with great listening.
 
Wiseman wrote that leaders make a positive step forward "when they see that their greatest contribution lies in asking the questions that produce the most rigorous thinking and answers."
 
Wiseman continued and offered three practical tips for leaders conducting a meeting:
 
1. The discussion leader only asks questions. This means that the leader isn’t allowed to answer his or her questions or give his or her interpretation of the topic’s meaning. This keeps the participants from relying on the leader’s answers.
 
2. The participants must supply evidence to support their theories
 
3. Everyone participates. The role of the leader is to make sure everyone gets airtime during the discussion. Often the leader needs to restrain stronger voices and proactively call on the more timid voices.
 
In his book, Wooden on Leadership, with Steve Jamison, Coach Wooden wrote: "In my opinion, being an effective leader - one who can build a winning organization - requires being an effective listener."
 
Here are three practical Coach Wooden habits you can use:
 
1. I never heard John Wooden interrupt anybody.
 
2. Coach answered only the question he was asked. He then stopped talking. This allowed the person asking the question to continue the conversation.
 
3. Coach never jumped into a conversation and offered his opinion unless he was asked.
 
Coach Wooden had a laminated card he enjoyed handing out without comment. It had the following verse:
 
"A wise old owl sat in an Oak.

The more he heard the less he spoke.

The less he spoke the more he heard.

Now wasn't he a wise old bird?"

 
What did you learn today?
 
 
 

Yours in Coaching,
 
 
Craig Impelman
 
 
 
 


 

 

 

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COACH'S FAVORITE POETRY AND PROSE

 

The Path That Leads To Home

The little path that leads to home,
That is the road for me,
I know no finer path to roam,
With finer sights to see.
With thoroughfares the world is lined
That lead to wonders new,
But he who treads them leaves behind
The tender things and true.

Oh, north and south and east and west
The crowded roadways go,
And sweating brow and weary breast
Are all they seem to know.
And mad for pleasure some are bent,
And some are seeking fame,
And some are sick with discontent,
And some are bruised and lame.

Across the world the gleaming steel
Holds out its lure for men,
But no one finds his comfort real
Till he comes home again.
And charted lanes now line the sea
For weary hearts to roam,
But, Oh, the finest path to me
Is that which leads to home.

'Tis there I come to laughing eyes
And find a welcome true;
'Tis there all care behind me lies
And joy is ever new.
And, Oh, when every day is done
Upon that little street,
A pair of rosy youngsters run
To me with flying feet.

The world with myriad paths is lined
But one alone for me,
One little road where I may find
The charms I want to see.
Though thoroughfares majestic call
The multitude to roam,
I would not leave, to know them all,
The path that leads to home.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)

 

 

 

 

 

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