Be an Olympic Listener

Leadership is about listening. Be a sponge, open to everything. Be the last one to speak. His executive coach said he had to be an Olympic listener. In this video Carl Ortell discuss how to make the transition from Olympic talker to Olympic listener.

After viewing the video, answer a “Questions to Ask” and select an “Ideas for Action” to incorporate into your routine this week.

Ideas for Action

  • Eliminate the distractions that keep you from being a good listener. Step away from your computer, turn off the radio, or look up from your paperwork when you are having a conversation with someone.
  • Spend at least one day this week letting everyone else speak before you do.
  • Set up a mentorship with someone who loves to share their experience. Listen attentively to their wisdom.
  • During meetings, share what you need to briefly. Give everyone else plenty of opportunity to speak.

Questions to Ask

  • If listening were a sport, how good at it would you be? Would you win any awards?
  • Whom do you respect as a good listener? Why?
  • Do you work in an environment where it is difficult to be heard? How does your atmosphere influence your behavior?
  • How do you react to silence in a conversation?