As I think back on my corporate career, and then relate the article below to that experience, my take is that the article (link below) is spot on.
Thinking of people you know, and your face to face work and social experiences, I suspect there are many who can “appreciate” poor listeners. The signs are evident and easily observable. They visibly are not paying attention, they interrupt, maybe start a conversation in the midst of yours, talking about oneself incessantly, you exchange background information with others but they don’t remembers yours, it can be infuriating to say the least.
What is notable is that those with substantial listening skills have a “one up” when it comes to getting ahead.
There are skills associated with good listening: focus, empathy, self-control, and inclusion to cite a few. “To some degree, the power of listening can be explained by the fact that good listening is rare. We live in a world in which people are often rewarded for self-promoting, being the center of attention, and talking as much as they can, even when they have nothing to say.” That is almost humorous!
Here’s the article, maybe an opportunity to add to one’s tool box!
One would have to ask oneself if a poor listener would bother to read this post?
Improved listening skills probably require some behavioral change. Behavior change is usually challenging.
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