Speaking Voice-Listening Ear

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

One of the best ways to build a positive image of your school, district, business, and organization or a negative one is how you communicate. Websites provide others the opportunity to evaluate you. If this page is outdated, not easy to navigate, and does not contain inviting school pictures or welcoming information, you have missed your opportunity to capture their attention.

Websites are one of the best ways to connect with your stakeholders to give them a clear picture of your vision and mission. Letting others know why they want to be part of this system or are proud to be a member is a critical piece of the foundation for continued improvement, involvement, and support.

How do you listen to those who respond to the information you share? Listening to others is critical, but taking action steps is essential. You can listen with your ear to hear, but is it your brain or heart that responds?

Emotions

Our emotions are part of how we respond to the information we receive or do not receive. If you share information through social media, you check to see the likes, shares, and comments you receive. Many times you may find yourself comparing your posts to others. What happens when you do not receive any feedback?

The discovery of learning about the active and inactive engagement is essential, we look for the bonfire, and we miss the candle. Because we listen for the shout, we miss the whisper. Everyone who engages with your information may not feel comfortable “actively” placing a like or writing a comment. Never give up when you do not receive all of the active engagement you want to see.

Have you ever read a post, and it hit you hard with emotions? Please remember that posts are not always what they seem. Truth be Told one of my favorite songs and brings the dangers of assuming others have an easy life. Vacation pictures, awards, celebrations, and so many other things, if looked at deeply, are deceiving. We live in a time where impressing others is more important than living real life.

Stop comparing life with others and live life fully. Take in the moments, all of the wonderful crazy mixed up stories, pictures captured of scenes only families and friends understand, and adventures of travels to familiar places with special memories. Live life and not live life through the lens of social media moments. No one will remember all those posed pictures, awards, or ceremonies, but only the days, moments, and minutes that led to them.

Which comes first, wisdom or knowledge? Wisdom is built on knowledge. So does that mean you can be both wise and knowledgeable? Then you can't be wise without being knowledgeable. What do you think? Is it the same as an egg before chicken or the chicken before an egg?

Knowledge is knowing about something. I have knowledge of the food in my garden and what grows on my trees. Wisdom is knowing how to apply the knowledge I have. In addition, how to use it in context. Like this old example: knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to use it in a fruit salad. However, some people would say this is common sense.

I believe knowledge is gathered from learning and education. The more knowledge you gain about a subject area you can be identified as an expert in the area. Just because you have knowledge, it does not make you wise. When you have knowledge, you can make decisions with clarity of facts and truths.

In order for individuals to gain wisdom, it must be gathered from day-to-day experiences and is a state of being wise. Wisdom is the practical ability to make consistently good decisions in life from the individual's knowledge and experience.

Wisdom is a virtue. Is that a true statement? Wisdom can only be acquired through experience. Anyone who is interested in trying new things, reflecting on the process, analyzing, testing your knowledge and having a growth mindset has the ability to gain wisdom. In this process one should have knowledge first in order to become wise.

How do you compare knowledge and wisdom? Do you know individuals who are wise?

Let's start a conversation today about the world of work. This past week I had the pleasure of speaking with a community service group regarding their human resources and programs. I am new to their organization and wanted to gain more insight than project any thoughts.

I told them after listening to their difficulty in finding individuals to fill openings that I understood. I had observed so many help wanted; we are hiring and sign-on bonuses offered. I was amazed. A local fast food place was offering a $1,000 sign-on bonus. What is happening in the work world?

As we watched the news, we saw a report that a school district had the National Guard come in to help drive school buses to get children to school. What? The National Guard is having to help get our children to school? What is happening?

Reflect on your current work. How has it changed, remained the same, or is it now out of business? What is the #FutureofWork?

Our society has been through many things over the years, and these past years have been harsh. The rapid changes being thrown out are difficult to deal with at times. One thing I do know is we need to have work to keep us moving forward. If you can join many of us in helping to figure out what our world needs to look like, let's start with this question:

“What’s the one thing you’d change about the world of work?”

My response to this question would be:

When you hold a job or position, no matter what it is, make sure you are the best. Lead always with a purpose, service, and understanding of what you do changes the life of another.

How can I make a statement like this? I have held many levels of jobs and kinds. It is what you put into the work that you will get out, besides the paycheck.

I see many people talking about their change would be working from home. I believe we need human, face-to-face, real-time together to free ourselves from this disconnected, connected world.

One thing I would change is working to serve a purpose to improve all lives positively as we honor our core foundations of values. #FutureofWork #Bethesolutiondaily

Please share your thoughts and include #FutureofWork #ConversationsForChange so others can see your contribution and thoughts. Let's get these ideas going and conversations flowing!

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