Tag: listening

  • We Can Only Listen Once

    We Can Only Listen Once

      Listening is the most valuable skill nobody teaches. Since this is an activity that happens in the mind, we need to be involved actively in the process. Otherwise, we're just hearing. Contrary to common assumption, when we're listening we should not be passive, like receivers, our participation is required for comprehension. It takes considerable…

  • The Roles Imagination and Creativity Have in Our Lives

    The Roles Imagination and Creativity Have in Our Lives

      “The real key is being able to imagine a new world. Once I imagine something new, then answering how to get from here to there involves steps of creativity. So I can be creative in solving today’s problems, but if I can’t imagine something new, than I’m stuck in the current situation.” [John Seely…

  • Jeff Bezos: People who are Right a Lot, Listen a Lot

    Jeff Bezos: People who are Right a Lot, Listen a Lot

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shares tips about his management style and philosophy with a crowd at the 2016 Pathfinder Awards at the Museum of Flight in Seattle#. The interview is by Steve Taylor, chief pilot for Boeing Flight Services. During the conversation, Bezos says that based on his observations, people who are right a lot,…

  • It Really Makes a Difference What we Say

    It Really Makes a Difference What we Say

        How often are we aware of what we say? In business, in marketing, in conversations with family and friends… What if we were saying those words to someone for the last time we see them? Would we be more deliberate in our choices?     The truth that the most valuable skill that nobody teaches is…

  • The Most Valuable Skill that Nobody Teaches: How to Listen

    The Most Valuable Skill that Nobody Teaches: How to Listen

    Although most of us acknowledge the importance of listening to improve our understanding, learn new things, we fall short of that ambition. In social settings and in business, the act itself is often more akin to monitoring conversations for opportunities to jump in and/or to store information. Rather than a muscle we can build through…

  • Want a More Effective Content Strategy? Listen Better

    Don't google it from Gezondheid en Wetenschap on Vimeo. How long does it take you, on average, to answer a client's question with a point of view? How quickly fo you take over a conversation? A time equivalent to a tweet? That fast? So certain? There is value in experience and a body of work,…

  • Imagination, Creativity, and the Active Construction of Perception

    Imagination, Creativity, and the Active Construction of Perception

    "The real key is being able to imagine a new world. Once I imagine something new, then answering how to get from here to there involves steps of creativity. So I can be creative in solving today’s problems, but if I can’t imagine something new, than I’m stuck in the current situation." [John Seely Brown]…

  • Blogs as Tools for Listening and Signal

    Blogs as Tools for Listening and Signal

    Before I started Conversation Agent in 2006, I was writing regularly on the community section of FastCompany.com and engaging in threads with global participants in a network (started in 1997) that at its peak reached 42,000 members (2000). Remember, this was pre-LinkedIn (2003), pre-Facebook (2004) and pre-Twitter (2006). We wrote posts to engage in discussions…

  • Why Listening is Hard and How to Think Critically

    Why Listening is Hard and How to Think Critically

    The thought process that guides my work starts with why — the reasons and or questions that underlie a problem (yes, problem and not opportunity just yet) — and how to go about breaking it down into parts we can address. Make sense first, then make do, before you go about what you're making of…

  • Why Does Your Business Exist?

    Why Does Your Business Exist?

    The answers to my question: does sharing mean endorsing? a couple of days ago covered the spectrum from positively, yes, to not necessarily and many "it depends" in between. There are implications that go beyond personal likes and dislikes. Now that Google has integrated social in search results, you may indeed see the world as…