Listening Key for Highly Efficient People

Listening is at the very heart of what makes Restorative Practices so powerful.  Employing restorative approaches, individuals learn to listen to each other.  The structured process lends itself to putting aside one’s own agenda and taking in Others’ perspectives.  Understanding is created, connections develop, and enemies transform into friends.  It all boils down to listening.

It just so happens that distraction-free listening actually saves time and is considered an efficiency strategy.  According to a recent article in Inc.com,7 Daily Habits of Hyper-Efficient People,” “When you listen to what people are saying, you eliminate the time-consuming guesswork that occurs after the meeting. Listening carefully allows you to move forward with clear direction, purpose, and high efficiency.”

Indeed, not only is listening a key habit for highly efficient individuals in the work world, it also leads to stronger connections with peers, co-workers, supervisors, and subordinates.  Deeper connections builds trust which lends itself to more resiliency in a work environment.  Systems operate more efficiently and effortlessly when you grease the wheels by practicing listening.

In fact, “(t)he best organizational leaders inspire their teams to think for themselves and do this with one simple skill – listening. … It’s time for you to build an environment that people feel inspired to share what is on their mind…and for you to increase your effectiveness and your world by truly hearing the worthwhile things others have to share,” from 7 Ways to Listen Like a Pro — and Why It Matters.”

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