Losing Our Listening?

Executive coaching is an act of inquiring, feeding back, and eliciting excellence, often with some wise counsel thrown in for good measure. At the core, it is about paying careful attention to a leader and their unique strengths, to what they want to achieve, to their thinking patterns and their external and internal obstacles. At the core great coaching is powered by listening. In this short video there is a wonderful acronym – RASA, for Receive, Appreciate, Summarize, and Ask. I believe that is the essence of what we do when we help leaders to improve their effectiveness through one-on-one coaching relationships.

I was so excited to see this wonderful new TED talk about conscious listening from Julian Treasure, author of Sound Business and chair of The Sound Agency – a firm that advises worldwide businesses how to use sound. Check it out, and think about the implications of LOSING OUR LISTENING, and how we can get it back.

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About karlinsloan

Karlin Sloan has committed herself to finding out what makes great leaders tick, and to supporting leaders to be the change they wish to see in the world. As a corporate citizen she is an advocate for triple-bottom-line reporting, for creating sustainable ways of working and living, and for creating positive organizational communities that work together for the greater good. She is the author of the acclaimed business book Smarter, Faster, Better; Strategies for Effective, Enduring, and Fulfilled Leadership which has been translated into Thai and Russian, UNFEAR: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty, and co-author of the 2012 book Lemonade: The Leaders Guide to Resilience at Work. For more information see www.karlinsloan.com or www.theresilienceproject.net
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