"That was well-listened."
Ever heard someone say that?
I have heard:
"That was well-spoken."We put an emphasis on what goes out - not what goes in - and in a collaborative world, that just might be an oversight.
"That was well-written."
"That was well-articulated."
You can easily find training to improve the presentation of your thoughts to others, but it's rare - if not impossible - to find training in receiving others' thoughts.
Why is that?
Perhaps because there are rewards and recognition for writing and speaking well. You can get a Marconi for radio broadcasting. You can get a Pulitzer for journalism. Toastmasters will celebrate your excellent speech.
It's a very good thing to be clear in your communication to others.
It's also a very good thing to be able to unwrap and explore the gift of others' thoughts.
This is an age of unprecedented partnership and teamwork. Where 1 + 1 can equal 3, or 9, or 27.
Listening is the key to working well with others. Listening makes you attractive; you are always welcome when you listen well.
At the encouragement of my good friend, Mike Sansone, I will most likely be writing a lot more on this subject.