August, 2016

“The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.”

-Woodrow Wilson

Motivating Employees by Using Effective Listening Skills


Effective listening is essential to motivating employees.

Perhaps the most powerful of all leadership techniques for motivating employees is effective listening. Learning to practice your listening skills until it becomes a habit can do more to improve your relationships at work and at home than perhaps any other single behavior.

Effective listening is essential to motivating employees. If you think about it, you always listen to someone who you value. You listen when your boss speaks to you. You listen when someone who you look up to and respect speaks, or speaks to you. The more important the other person is, the more you hang on every word, and the more influenced you are by what they say.

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How One Simple Change Can Make You A Better Listener


Next time you’re at a meeting when you are not a central participant, take a couple of minutes and watch some of the other people at the table. Most of them won’t even look like they are listening carefully. Some are fidgeting in their seats. Some are checking their email under the table. Few of them are really listening to what is going on around them.

Listening is a skill that can make you a better colleague and a more effective leader. When people feel as though they have been heard, they trust you more. In addition, there are a lot of problems that arise through miscommunication. A lot of miscommunication isn’t because someone fails to express themselves clearly, it happens because the other person doesn’t listen carefully. 

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It’s not about the nail

“Don’t try to fix it. I just need you to listen.” This thought provoking video promotes the idea of effective listening, as sometimes the other person or a colleague just needs someone to listen to them. 

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Everybody Loves Raymond- @ Parent Effectiveness Training


This funny video from Everybody Loves Raymond demonstrates the importance of listening with a purpose. It portrays how this practice can (if done correctly) be more effective not only at workplace but in improving our personal relationships too. 

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