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  • Writer's pictureReeshemah Davis

Music To My Ears


One instrument often gets overlooked in the symphony of workplace dynamics: the art of listening.

 

It's a skill we've all heard about yet sometimes struggle to master. I’m here to orchestrate success within your team.

(Too many musical metaphors?)

 

Let’s start with a familiar refrain: the difference between hearing and listening.


Like tuning in  (ok, last one…) to your favorite background noise while multitasking, hearing is passive –the perception of sound without true engagement. On the other hand, listening is an active endeavor, requiring thoughtful attention and consideration of what's being communicated. It's the difference between catching the gist and grasping the details.

 

But why is effective listening such a challenge? Our brains, marvels of efficiency though they may be, often outpace the deliberate pace of speech. This cognitive dissonance can lead to a disconnect between what's said and truly understood. So, how do we bridge this gap?


It starts with self-awareness.

 

Take a moment to reflect:

 

Are you truly listening or simply hearing people out?

 

Are you actively participating in the conversation or merely waiting for your turn to speak?

 

True participation means setting aside your agenda, refraining from interruptions, and resisting the urge to impose your opinions on others. It's about making the speaker feel valued, validated, and understood.

 

But why does listening matter? It's not just about showing respect – though that's certainly a key component. Effective listening fosters a sense of belonging. When people feel heard and understood, they're more likely to trust, collaborate, and engage with one another. It's the foundation upon which strong relationships and high-performing teams are built.

 

I challenge you to embrace the power of listening for team success.

 

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