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Leaders as Learners and Learning in Teams - The Learning Hook Podcast

This month I had the opportunity to chat with Brenden Carter and Rhiana Power from The Learning Hook team for their latest podcast. The Learning Hook is an e-learning provider. The Learning Hook team is passionate about learning and leadership, so we had a great discussion about all things high performing teams and learning.


As some of the key elements of the conversation, we discussed:

  • a great story of an organisation’s transition from the ordinary to extraordinary through learning to learn together
  • the impact leaders as learners can make
  • the key attributes of creating learning teams
  • if the old ‘storming, norming and performing’ cycle has changed
  • some hot tips on processes to put in place to better equip our teams for performance (learning underpinning all this)

Click here to listen to the full podcast.

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Are You Really Listening

The insights we have about the quality of their listening (both good and bad) make a profound impact on our leadership. During my leadership development programs, I draw from the expertise and approach of Oscar Trimboli. Oscar's area of expertise is Deep Listening. I have learnt a great deal from Oscar about how to use listening to enable greater trust and understanding.

Oscar asks us:
What is Not Listening Costing You?
1. If you are not present, and haven't really been listening, you can make the other person feel undervalued or even offend them.
2. Wasted time, as the conversation will no doubt occur many times again.
3. Confusion, conflict, lack of clarity, inability to learn from each other's experiences.
4. Jumping to conclusions that may be the wrong ones.

5. Misunderstandings, frustration, a sense of being isolated, no shared burdens of pain, relationships on hold, disappointments and increased fears.

6. Need to redo things, reprioritise tasks, lack of clarity, a lot of wasted cycles and time.
(Deep Listening, Impact Beyond Words 2017)
Ouch! So many leadership spot fires come from us not deeply listening at critical times. Who in your team could do with you listening in a more connected and deeper way? From a trust perspective, the key to deep conversation is the ability to listen to connect. Trust levels increase when we feel authentically listened to, valued and understood. So many crisis situations could be avoided if we had taken the time to pause, be present and listen.
Oscar has created a wonderful Deep Listening Podcast, interviewing mediators, judges, conductors, interpreters for the deaf, analysts and a huge range of other professionals who are highly skilled at deep listening. If you love podcasts, I am sure you will love Oscar's. Follow the link to see the episodes. I have also attached a link to whitepaper of Oscar's on Deep Listening. His book Deep Listening is a beautiful and eloquent journey through the mindset of Deep Listening.
Have a look at the calibre of Oscar's guests on his Deep Listening Podcast here
See some more of Oscar's thinking in this Deep Listening Whitepaper