2013 Listening Challenge
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2013 Listening Challenge

2013 Listening Challenge

On January 4, I recommended making one small change per month this year to become one of the best listeners in your organization and reap the rewards of better collaboration, higher trust, and improved teamwork. I want to thank everyone who’s reached out to tell me you’re doing the challenge and seeing the benefits. You rock!

If you’ve been participating, then pat yourself on the back because you are almost half-way there. If not, please join us now. It’s never too late. Just jump in and enjoy the adventure.

The challenge for May was to “Ask questions to draw out observable data. Observable data is exactly as it sounds – data that is concrete and can be observed. This does not include interpretations or opinions.”

How did you do? Pop over to the 2013 Listening Challenge blog post (http://jenniferselbylong.com/?p=573) and let me know how it went.

Now, your listening challenge for June, if you are willing to accept it, is a stretch assignment:

“Ask questions to understand his or her logic and reasoning. Two people often look at the same data and draw different conclusions. Poor listeners don’t bother to draw out the other person’s logic and reasoning. They just argue. Great listeners seek to understand the other person’s logic and reasoning as a means to constantly test and develop their own logic and reasoning.”