I wrote that I would be focusing on Listening for the next few weeks. During this time I am going to re-read Dr. Mark Goulston’s outstanding book: “Just Listen”. My goal is to find five different lessons that he teaches in the book that I can make personal habits that will make me a better listener.
I learned that two of the other managers in the office will be reading the book also, so I extended the challenge to them – find five habits to form while reading the book. I also recently had the opportunity to meet with another person in the office who is looking to further his career. I suggested that he should read the book. He will also seek five lessons to become habits.
My thought is that if we share our five desired habits with each other, especially if some of the habits chosen are the same that others chose, we will be able to help each other establish and maintain the good listening habits. Change is hard – especially when it involves something done every day, such as listening. We will each have a much greater chance of establishing new habits if we reinforce the behavior we desire in each other.
I will write again in a few months to let you know how the experiment works. If anyone reading this would like to join us, please share the habits you hope to form. I know that speaking a goal out loud and writing it down are two ways that help achieving/reaching the goal. Good Luck!
Thanks for Listening,