At Step by Step Listening we have a vision to raise aspirations of whole communities so we jump at any chance to work with the youth. Earlier in the year I worked with 20 plus 12 year olds over several one hour lessons. The objective was to develop a leaflet about our business. At the beginning of the first session I asked the children what is happening when they are learning at their best?
The responses were varied from noisy; not noisy; with laptops; games; fun; people not arguing; friendship; football,gymnastics and hairdressing.
We never did achieve the leaflet because it took all the 5 lessons to get the group listening as a team. What they did learn is for them to work at their best they had to listen to each other, create friendships and for that to happen, there had to be trust. For trust to happen they had to trust first.
Amazing stuff, when that is exactly what every business requires, friendships/relationships you can trust. Relationships where you listen to each other. I wonder how quickly a group of people in business take to really listen to each other. In my experience most adults I work with are in the same position as the children. Everyone is out of the habit of listening and it often takes a few sessions before they really get it.
The pupils rated their listening skills at the beginning of the project out of 10. The score ranged from -500 to 5. (They were aware they did not listen)
By the end of sessions they felt their listening skills were now between 5-10.
What an improvement. These children produced some great written work about listening at their best, they did this work over half term without any prompting or reminding from the teacher or myself. On the last lesson we had a party to celebrate our success. A few children had not completed their homework and the others worked with them to ensure everyone had handed something in.
Would you like a team that:
- works at their best
- thinks independently
- communicate effectively
- gets results
What happens to a team when you increase their listening skills 8 fold?
Check out this video a great friend now of mine Susannah Brade-Waring who is a management consultant who considered her listening skills to be really good and how Clean Language has enabled her to double her ability to listen.
Thanks for listening