Human Emergence Group Executive Coaching on the importance of listening

The Importance of Listening at Work

Executive Coaching

Has anyone ever said to you, “I feel like you’re not hearing me”?

Ouch. It’s an unfortunate (but common) source of frustration in both personal and professional conversations.

Most of us can name at least one important personal relationship that has slipped into an unhealthy pattern of communication. One where neither person feels seen, heard or understood. If both people can address it before the connection is irreparably broken, great! But, more often than not, one person will begin to distance themselves, or even choose to break off the relationship.

What happens when that same pattern occurs in a professional relationship?

Effective communication is crucial in the workplace at all levels, especially for leaders and their teams.

The ability to actually hear and understand each other is vital for establishing and maintaining productive relationships with coworkers and clients, providing solutions, and creating successful business outcomes.

Yet, most people report that their colleagues are sorely lacking in the listening skills department. In addition, most of us have a blindspot in the area of our own listening skill deficits, which in most cases could use a serious upgrade.

Successful leaders know that the foundation of effective communication is listening and are always looking to improve.To amplify your leadership success, here are some ways that you can polish up your listening skills for the sake of better communications at home and at work.

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Human Emergence Group professionals explaining the difference between coaching and training

The Difference between Coaching and Training

Executive Coaching

As a business leader, you are tasked with professional development for and with your team members. This process can take different forms, such as coaching, consulting, training, and mentoring.

All of these modes of learning are about the development of individuals. You deploy one or the other because you want to give your team members, or your team overall, better skills or knowledge, or help them develop behaviors that will benefit them in the workplace.

While these terms are often used interchangeably, there are distinct differences. Each serves a specific purpose, even if the ultimate goal is the same—or at least appears to be the same. And when you break down each mode, you can see how they uniquely apply to the workplace environment. So let’s dig a little deeper into each.

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