Wise council Sacha, just being aware of these thoughts is the first step to truly understanding, reminds me of “seek first to understand, before seeking to be understood” habit #5
So, following my last post on diversity I’ve been reflecting on how this translates into my day to day life as a leader at work. How does it change how I am, who I am?
I confess that I can speak too much, listen too little, be bursting with ideas that can tumble out at a rate of knots. And sometimes when I encounter someone who doesn’t catch my enthusiasm I start to fret. Don’t they understand me? Don’t they think I’m any good at what I’m doing? Who do they think they are?
I hear their explanations setting out their perspective as an attack on my own rather than really listening to what they are saying. It happened to me recently, and then I paused and looked at one of the reminders on the wall: ’Suspend judgement and be curious’. Hm.
So in this pause, where I noticed and…
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