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As Raquel traveled back to Germany from visiting her family, she brought along stories that spoke volumes of her purpose in life – practicing and being surprised by our listening superpower. Reflecting on a routine she had while traveling as a younger person, she took time to look at the window from a cloud perspective… Continue reading More Practical Ways to Get People to Listen to You: The Practice of High-Quality Listening
On the shortest day of the year, known as the Winter Solstice, Raquel takes a moment to reflect on 2022. What brought you light this year? As the days start to get longer and extend, what would you like to extend further from 2022 into 2023? And as we take the opportunity to reflect on… Continue reading Reflecting on 2022: Tips on How to Help People Listen to YOU Better for Facilitating More Intentional Listening in 2023
Have you noticed how your co-workers or team seem to have difficulty listening well to each other, having different understandings of what is important? Do you want to know how you can help a group listen to what is actually emerging in discussions? Visualize it. In today’s episode, our guest talks about how listening is… Continue reading Crafting Connection in Groups Through Visual Facilitation, Visual Harvesting, and Active Listening with Vanessa Jane Smith
Have you ever thought you would not be an effective leader just because you are a naturally quiet person? Or are you only recruiting leaders who are outspoken and seem confident? We have long been stuck in a narrow and outdated view of what good leadership looks, sounds, and feels like. Often we assume there’s… Continue reading Quietly Powerful: Unlocking the Leadership Superpower of Quiet Leaders with Megumi Miki
Achieving optimal results for ourselves and the organization requires engaging in authentic conversations. This involves listening that is not driven by fear, but by maximizing curiosity. And listening by curiosity motivates change, especially when it comes to receiving and processing feedback. Best-selling author, executive coach, and keynote speaker Dr. Craig Dowden is bridging the gap… Continue reading Leading Successfully by Maximizing Curiosity and Self-leadership by Craig Dowden
In a noisy world with so many distractions pulling us in different directions, it is easy to get lost and not make sense of what people are trying to communicate. This is true for both the person listening and the one being listened to. Listening with purposeful intention and saying the most important things first… Continue reading Elite Communications Skills as a Competitive Advantage, Think Clearly and Communicate Concisely with Joe McCormack
Listen in podcast has reached a milestone, and we’re celebrating! You’re in for a treat, of course. You’ve heard Raquel mention her son, Luke, often in the interviews. How about Luke interviewing his mother, Raquel, for a change? The tables are turned, and Raquel becomes the interviewee. Get an inside look at Raquel’s journey into… Continue reading Celebrating “Listen In” to “Listening Superpower”: Behind the Podcast Scene and What’s Next!
Hello everyone. My name is Raquel Ark. I am the host of the Listen in with Raquel Ark podcast, and this podcast has been around, I can’t believe it, for over three years, and I’m coming up to the 50th podcast. Started as a hobby and has turned into a passion. What the Show is… Continue reading Listen In is Soon Relaunching! Are you ready for the big news?
How can we listen well when we have limited time and high demands? This is an important question across all types of organizations. And especially in the medical environment, have a potential life and death answer. The ability of health providers to listen is key to enhancing the patient experience and giving quality health care. … Continue reading The Importance of #Listening in the Patient #Healthcare
How can listening to yourself be an ultimate superpower to live the life you want? Robbie Swale is a leadership coach, author, and podcaster, whose work focuses on creativity, coaching, and leading with honor. His time is split between his coaching business, writing, and various associate work. He supports coaches to grow their businesses and… Continue reading #Self-Listening as a Powerful Tool to Help You Get #Unstuck and Keep Going with Robbie Swale
How can you get more value through team collaboration and understanding what your customer really needs? Teresa Torres is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and coach who helps teams gain valuable insights from their customer interviews, run effective product experiments, and drive product outcomes that create value for their customers and their businesses. She teaches… Continue reading #Listening to Create #Customer and #Business Value with Teresa Torres
High-quality listening has a lot of power to impact challenging conversations, engagement and burnout. And we are only at the beginning of learning about the potential of listening and what is possible. In this episode, we dive into current research and open questions. Guy Itzchakov, an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Services at… Continue reading #Listening Research and its Power with Associate Professor Guy Itzchakov
Often we don’t notice it, but as leaders taking on varied roles in one’s personal and professional life, we find ourselves hearing and not listening. When we truly dial into our listening intelligence, that’s when it strengthens connections and improves relationships that reinforce the human capacity for positive societal change. Ebele Chukwujama is a Chief… Continue reading The Listening School Impacting Relationships and Society One Listening Ear at a Time with Ebele Chukwujama
Everyone has the capacity to make a difference on the social challenges that face us every day. Helping financially is one way, yet there are so many other ways we can have social impact. Building relationships in our communities where all voices are heard and considered in a foundation building block to create a collective… Continue reading Empowering Voices for Social Impact and Connecting Communities with Ramona Houston
How can we speak in a way that will drive people to easily listen and understand our message? Learn the art of communication with us today, so you can be noticed, respected, and heard as you speak! Susan Heaton-Wright is the founder of SuperStar Communicator, where she helps empower individuals and teams to be impactful,… Continue reading Be a Superstar Communicator: How to Speak to be Noticed, Respected, and Heard with Susan Heaton-Wright
When working with a team, how do you effectively help each other while knowing that emotions are and will always be part of communicating? Lots of things are being done in a company with all the skills of different employees. By combining the I’s to form the we, we allow everyone to show up in… Continue reading Managing Remote Teams: How to Achieve Together When Everyone is Working from Home with Luke Szyrmer
As we live in a world where there are lots of distractions, be that from modern technology or from people constantly telling us what to do, we often forget that as humans, we yearn to be noticed and heard too. Just as how important it is for us to listen to others, we also shouldn’t… Continue reading The #Listening #Coach Unlocking #Potential towards growth and fulfillment by Jane Adshead Grant
How do we develop a listening culture that helps us listen more effectively to create better relationships in our personal lives and at work? One way is through listening training using meta-cognitive strategies. Learning how to listen to our listening behaviors WHILE we are listening, so that we can grow and adjust for more impact.… Continue reading Aligning #Communication and Building a Strong #Listening #Culture Through Listening Training with Laura Janusik
Leadership can get lonely. And when under pressure, it’s often hard to be vulnerable in front of your team members. It can feel like the weight of decision-making and responsibility falls all on you. What if there were another way. One that could create a transformative culture where everyone is heard and valued, giving rise… Continue reading ‘Listening 2by2: A Paradigm Shift for Leaders’
Have you ever asked your child, your student, your employee, your organization, your customer…. How do you experience our leadership? How do you experience this policy? How do you experience me as a parent? And what would you like to experience? In this episode, Sharif shares examples and stories as to how to shift dynamics… Continue reading The Power of #Listening to #Feedback for #Transformation in Schools and Organizations with Sharif El-Mekki, Black Educator Development
We live in a world of ever-changing team dynamics. How do we use listening and communication as a tool to help individuals and teams adapt well to change, manage conflicts and challenges, learn and grow? How do team structures influence finding solutions to big challenges while creating meaningful people experiences? And what are the various… Continue reading Dynamic Reteaming: Mastering Team Change for Excellence Using Your Listening Muscle with Heidi Helfand
What would happen if we would stop talking past each other and start becoming listeners just like astronauts who went to the moon? Discover how to listen like the Astronauts who went to the moon. Not only was it a life or death critical skill, listening also transformed how they understood the the world, humanity… Continue reading The Mission Of A Lifetime: Lessons From The Men Who Went To The #Moon with Basil Hero
How can we teach and nourish children so that small changes have a significant impact on their transformation as well as helping our planet? And what do growing plants and listening have in common for this transformation to be possible? Stephen Ritz is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning educator, author of best-selling book, The Power Of… Continue reading #Advocating for #Children by #Listening with #Compassion as the New Curriculum with Stephen Ritz
Enjoy this inspiring conversation with author Laura Hargraves, an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist with an extensive background in the rehabilitation and healthcare field. Recently, her career has focused on public school settings, allowing her to observe how the need for listening skills has become even more critical. And more importantly, what we can do about it.… Continue reading How Do Children Listen? And What Can We Do to Help Children Learn How to Listen with Laura Hargraves
Imagine what could be possible if we learned to listen first? Better flow, understanding and win-win solutions that transcend cultures, beliefs, and languages. Leaders can learn how to provide a safe space and trust for a challenging conversation, which allows for a more dynamic interaction among team members, empowering them to seek solutions themselves and… Continue reading Stop Doing #Listening and Start Being a #Listener with Colin Smith
What does it mean to listen with your heart, not just your head? And how does this help us work at a deeper level with diversity, equity and inclusivity so that we can impact real change? Dr. Teri Varner is an academic visionary with garnered experience in teaching, mentorship, and curriculum development to meet specific… Continue reading The #Power of #listening with your #heart, Giving voice for #Equity and #Inclusion with Dr. Teri Varner
It doesn’t matter what background you have, or what type of job you do or the experiences you have, imagine what could be possible when you learn how to listen to your creativity? Robbie Bach, who is best known for founding and leading the team that created the Xbox did just this. And this process… Continue reading Former #Xbox CEO Robbie Bach on #Listening to #Creativity and Writing His first #Novel
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IDL 2021 will be held on September 16, 2021.
Too many interruptions are taking us away from what truly matters. We also see leaders afraid to listen. And this blocks the dynamics of listening, preventing a decision to trickle down to the lower echelons of the organization. Sense-making is a process that uses listening as a tool to foster learning that encompasses innovation, creativity,… Continue reading #Listening to Foster #Innovation, #Creativity and #Transformation with Gemma Jiang
Have you ever noticed how rushing conversations and negotiations can create unnecessary misunderstandings? Or even cause us to miss the point which can lead to critical business outcomes? How can you intentionally listen leading to more effective, innovative solutions? Feedback loops integrating asking, listening, connecting and developing are key towards successful negotiations and building strong… Continue reading #Listening as a #Success Factor for #Sales and #Negotiations with Jürgen Scherer
Listening unites and connects us. Taking time to stop and listen to others, despite culture, race, sexual orientation, views, can create a deep human connection even when we have strong differences of opinions. The powerful transformation brought by listening is one of the simple changes the world never knew we actually needed. No limitations, no… Continue reading Navigating Differences Through Heart-centered Empathic Listening with Juliana Tafur
Consider a time when you spent a lot of time and resources with a group trying to solve a problem, and it seemed like nothing happened as a result. You didn’t feel valued and thought you wasted your time. You wouldn’t do that again. Annie brings clarity as to why this happens in the decision-making… Continue reading Strategic #Listening: The Pathway to #WorldPeace with Annie Rappeport
Being a leader in a Vuca (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) world is not easy and according to Susanne Marell, requires listening. And listening takes different forms. Listening to the market and customer trends, listening to my team needs, listening to individual needs and listening to feedback from my team, not to mention the questions… Continue reading #Listening to the Pulse of your #Organization and your #Team in a #VUCA world with Susanne Marell
Have you ever paid attention to the assumptions we have in our conversations with different people? Often when we’re listening to another person tell their story, we’re listening for the things that we want to hear rather than what the other person is trying to show us at that moment. This bias blocks our listening… Continue reading Cultivating Active #Listening “Silence” to Become a Better #Leader with Lori Joubert
Imagine software that can be used to cultivate meaningful connections online. According to Lorenz Sell, this is possible by creating a container where small groups can deeply “listen” to each other, both sync and async. 95% of people who engage in online learning are likely to drop out. In this episode, Lorenz Sell shares how… Continue reading #Technology to Deeply #Listen to Each Other through Small Groups, both Asynchronous and Synchronous with Lorenz Sell
Our busy minds can get in our way with connecting to ourselves and others. Often we blame it on all of the distractions around us. Yet, have you ever paid attention to your basic physical energy level and noticed that after a good night’s sleep you feel like your battery has been charged and you… Continue reading How to #Listen to Yourself, Others and the Big Picture with Victor Pierau
What does listening have to do with belonging? There is currently a lot of buzz around the cost to organizations when employees do not feel belonging. Yet it’s not just buzz. There is more and more research showing that when employees feel like they belong, organizations can reap bottom-line benefits. In this episode, Sarah describes… Continue reading Activating the Value of #Belonging at Work Through #Listening with Sarah Judd Welch
How do we open up ourselves to possibilities, new ideas, and solutions? In this episode, Jane shares the impact of generative listening. She speaks about how her life and relationships have deepened and have become more meaningful as she has learned and practiced this type of listening. She shares stories about how listening helps… Continue reading The #TransformativePower of #GenerativeListening with Jane Adshead-Grant
Everyone has had life and work experiences that we are afraid to share with others. Yet keeping it inside can influence how we feel and impact our behaviors at work and at home. And we may not always fully understand our experiences and our behaviors. This episode is an amazing example of how listening can… Continue reading #Listening to Stories for #Healing and #Transformation with Liliane Pari Umuhoza
How do we listen to really know if we are speaking our truth in our daily grind? When do we know if we are using our authentic voice or if we are repeating repetitive, memorized scripts inside our own bubbles of agreement? Elissa shares stories and examples to help us become more connected to our… Continue reading Unlocking Your #Authentic Voice by #SpeakingYourTruth with Elissa Weinzimmer
It’s hard to function from a place of care and collaboration when everyone is under pressure. The complexity of different perspectives, opinions, budgets, deliverables, and stresses create even more challenges. In this episode, Samantha shares about horizontal leadership and how listening plays a key role, along with managing time. She shares stories about how understanding… Continue reading #HorizontalLeadership: The Secret Magical Potion of Listening and Time with Samantha Slade
Now is the time to start designing effective organizations of the future. Are you ready to design your organization to be more empowered, innovative, and productive? What designs support organizational structures that create faster and effective decision-making processes, the kind that allows everyone the chance to speak up and be heard. Jodie Goulden is the Founder… Continue reading Designing Better Ways of Working: Creating an #Intentional #ListeningCulture with Jodie Goulden
As humans, one of our greatest longings is to be heard. Through listening, we develop a certain connection to people around us in ways only possible through human interaction. These bonds help find solutions to most of the problems facing humanity. The thing is, there are some issues that we can’t handle by ourselves. Yet,… Continue reading #Cultivating Meaningful #Relationships through #Compassionate #Listening with Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden of Someone To Tell It To
Each person can be unique in how they show up as a listener. Even if they are at the exact same meeting and listen to the exact same information, each person’s perspective may be different from the rest. This is normally frustrating, yet when we understand different types of listening, we can tap into the… Continue reading Cultivating the #ListenFirst Movement with Communications Scholar Graham Bodie
Do you feel heard by the organization you work for as an employee? Which companies do you feel listened to as a customer? What have you experienced to know whether your voice is being heard by politicians? Do your employees, customers, and stakeholders feel heard…or not? How can we transform 100s, even 1000s of potential… Continue reading Impacting the #BottomLine through #Scaling #OrganizationalListening with Jim Macnamara
Imagine if you would have told your teacher that the way they just taught something was really lame? It probably would NOT be a good outcome. At a school in Austin, Texas, teachers, or as they call themselves, GUIDES would respond differently. They listen, ask questions, and let students co-create the curriculum so that they… Continue reading #education disruption and #innovation through #listening with Mike Yates
What can happen when three strangers from three different countries come together and listen to each other deeply? They learn to live well and become wiser. In this episode, Raquel interviews Susanne Conrad, a learning consultant and online coach in Germany, Martin Farrell, an international facilitator and coach in England, and Patricia Koster, a transformation facilitator in the Netherlands.… Continue reading Developing Meaningful work With Others Through Listening
Listening training can improve workplace performance, creating an environment where employees feel empowered and collaboration is fostered. Dr. Guy Itzchakov is an Assistant Professor at the University of Haifa, Department of Human Services. He earned his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2017. He did research that draws on Carl Rogers’s theory focusing on how… Continue reading Evidence on Listening Training and Workplace Performance with Guy Itzchakov
Listening is one skill that is hard to practice. It goes beyond hearing the person. Truly keeping quiet, having introspection within while connecting with the other person, nurturing that curiosity to wonder, and pondering the impact you make on another are key components. Rebecca Johns is a Personal and Professional Development Coach and Trainer. Her background… Continue reading The Power of Deep Listening with Executives with Rebecca Johns
Niels Van Quaquebeke is an organizational psychologist based in Hamburg, Germany. He is recognized as one of the Top100 German-speaking business scholars under 40 (Handelsblatt). He is the recipient of multiple awards for his teaching and is frequently featured in public media. He has a book on the psychology of leadership (currently only in German). Often… Continue reading Leaders and Asking Questions: The Surprising Discovery of What Is Needed to Find Solutions and Build Relationships with Niels Van Quaquebeke
Are the leadership and listening skills needed in life or death situations that different than those needed for organizational agility and success? And what about leaving your legacy and having an impact beyond your immediate environment, often not really knowing the ripple effect our actions of created. Parker Frawley is a 24+ year combat veteran and decorated… Continue reading Leadership & Listening: Challenges, Impact and Leaving an Unexpected Legacy with Parker Frawley
Corine Jansen has been Chief Listening Officer for different organizations in the Netherlands and has experienced the value of listening. She says, “We often make the mistake that we think listening costs a lot of time. But listening is creating an encounter and that encounter is made in a few seconds.” Corine Jansen is a Certified Listening… Continue reading Practical Insights for Leaders to Bring Listening Into Their Organizations That Have Real Impact with Corine Jansen (Part 2)
Can you imagine a job where all you have to do is listen? Corine Jansen has been Chief Listening Officer for different organizations in the Netherlands and this is what she did–she listened. She listened to customers, she listened to patients, she listened to doctors…she listened. And the value of listening even surprised management. Corine… Continue reading How Listening for Survival As a Young Person Changed to Listening for Transformation in Organizations with Corine Jensen (Part 1)
Kathrin O’Sullivan is an experienced organization development consultant, facilitator, executive coach and speaker with twenty years of experience in the tech industry. She is based in Silicon Valley and works internationally. Kathrin believes that in service of creating a world where everyone can thrive, we need smart leaders who are curious, grounded, open, and passionate about… Continue reading Keys to Listening in the High-Stake Tech World for Effective Collaboration with Kathrin O’Sullivan
Oscar Trimboli is an experienced coach and mentor to senior executives. He has worked with executives at CEO and CFO level and with senior divisional and functional executives in a range of industries. He is the author of Deep Listening: Impact Beyond Words, a professional speaker and mentor, as well. This episode focuses on listening in organizations… Continue reading Oscar Trimboli on Listening in Organizations and to Customers
Oscar Trimboli is an experienced coach and mentor to senior executives. He has worked with executives at CEO and CFO level and with senior divisional and functional executives in a range of industries. He is the author of Deep Listening: Impact Beyond Words, a professional speaker and mentor, as well. This episode focuses on listening in organizations… Continue reading Oscar Trimboli Full Interview: Getting Personal and Down to Business with Listening
Hello listeners and listening catalyzers.
This is Raquel Ark, and welcome to Listen IN. Listening can be a superpower in surprising ways. Join me, and be inspired by listening researchers and professionals putting listening into practice beyond what we typically think. We share experiences partnering science and practice for ideas and resources that can help you be more effective at work and at home.
Enjoy listening in!