(via The Origination of Thought - Who is Leading YOU?) We have considered an attribute critical to a leader’s ability to listen. Without an open mind we create our own prison where liberators are not welcome. Trapped in protective thought we lock our mind away. It is the default position to deal with unwelcome contrarians. This however requires us to question our current perception of reality. From whence do our thoughts originate? Where are they manufactured? Why do they come into existence? Why do they hold us captive?
Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we nurture. If our thoughts are peaceful, calm, meek, and kind, then so is our life. If our attention is turned to the circumstances in which we live, we are drawn into a whirlpool of thoughts where peace is absent.
Let everyone respect his neighbor’s rights, so that they may in turn have no occasion to find fault with your way of life.
We must be willing to seek the truth regardless of the outcome in order to truly attain an open mind.
Over the past several months we have studied empathy and its effects. Prior to this we investigated the importance of a genuine nature in leaders. All of these are the blocks for building the foundation for effective listening. When we first started our leadership journey together we learned to master control over our own emotions, mind, and self. It is good that we review these from time to time. Today, however, we shall begin the last stage of effective listening, fostering an open mind.
For empathy to flourish we should all challenge our selves and one another to step outside of our comfort zone from time to time.
If we want to turn others completely off, to have them throw up their guard and close their ears, then let us just start preaching to them about how good we used to be and what great things we’ve done or accomplished
Along our life’s journey we must free our selves from this invisible enemy, fear, else it may control our very existence.
Modern day western society embeds in us the notion that experience is critical in the work place. Many might argue that without this experience or that experience trust in human ability and ingenuity shalt be forsaken. It is as if the transferability of creativity is no longer possible. While there is merit to this argument it is now a fixed and hardened law of life. Similar to the law of gravity, this new law of human ability is portrayed. The unintended consequences of this widespread phenomenon are affecting productivity and communication in the work place and at home.
Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.