While there is nothing wrong with going into conversations with an intention – or even an agenda (in fact, a plan is always good) – once that is set, there’s power in practicing being open and flexible. By staying present, you get to adapt and adjust to how the conversation unfolds and powerful possibilities can emerge.
We shared recently Adam Grant’s controversial point that “powerless” communication – grounded in questioning, versus trying to have all the answers – produces meaningful relationships. Today we invite you to practice a two-step process at your next career journeying lunch, coffee or chat.
Hint: ask questions, really listen, and allow the other person to experience “the joy of talking.
A recent episode of the intentional leadership podcast “This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt” titled How to Lead Transformational Conversations cited curiosity and listening as critical components of effective leadership – and not just at work. In the spirit of our conversations within the Collective about work/life integration, asking questions and (really) listening can affect big change.
For today, we invite you to notice when your aperture is closing during a conversation – and take a step to widen it.