Real conversations about uncomfortable topics cannot be held without genuinely listening. If you follow the MMM, you know my thoughts on the importance of listening. It is a critical skill that is needed now more than ever! As an additional follow up to the Special Edition MMM from June 3rd, consider the following…
· Make the effort, it takes effort, to listen and understand the perspective of others
We typically seek first to be understood. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply. Often, we are either speaking or preparing to speak. Think about what it means to listen with the intent to understand. I mean seeking first to understand, to really understand. To understand someone does not imply that you agree with them. It means that you honor them with attentively listening and you truly care about their viewpoint.
The issues we are facing in this country require conversations, which requires listening, which requires effort. Take the time. Make the effort. Listen!