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It’s time for our monthly “trailmix,” a collection of interesting pieces of inspiration, thought leadership and innovative new ideas, and this month we’re focus on listening. “Listening” is one of the Big Five behaviors that can root us in a Mindset of Discovery, and lead to a pattern of innovation. At its core, listening is simply the act of opening your mind and ears to those around you – easy to understand, hard to do. Enjoy our monthly list of articles, media and more to inspire you to listen!

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The Act of Listening: Ted Radio Hour on NPR

We’re avid NPR listeners in BNW Creative Outrach, and this Ted Radio hour struck such a chord with us, because it explores the many ways listening exists, and the many ways it can change us. 

You get to hear how listening can change a community, what space actually sounds like, the inspirational story of a deaf musician, and how listening to those we love can change us as a person.

Listening deeply is such a profound, life changing activity, and this series of lectures perfectly captures the many ways to explore this Big Five behavior.

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Listening is an Overlooked Leadership Skill

In this article from the Harvard Business Review, author Melissa Daimler of Twitter explores the crucial role listening plays in her job, and how it can help everyone accomplish more and create a better work environment.

Melissa recommends you reduce distractions, look people in the eye, ask more questions, and create time in your day for listening. You can read the rest of the article and Melissa’s tips here – and evaluate yourself – do you create time in your day to listen to co-workers? When you meet with a co-worker, do you put away all technology?

Making people feel heard and important can have profound effects – imagine if the team around you felt like what they had to say mattered. What a different (and perhaps innovative) environment that would be![/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_single_image image=”19364″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_single_image image=”19365″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]

The Art of Listening: A Documentary Exploring “Quality” Sound

The Art of Listening” is a documentary that explores “the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice. This journey is narrated by intimate conversations with artists, engineers and producers about the philosophy of their work and the intent behind each musical note they create.”

Even if you’ve heard a favorite piece of music a thousand times, or the same bird singing outside of your window each morning, this movie invites you to re-listen and find something new to appreciate. Maybe there is a small flaw or imperfection you can endear yourself to – maybe there is a new version you can seek out and enjoy. There is always something new to discover and learn about the art of listening to music.

Fun fact: you can watch this entire movie for free on their website – check it out here![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]

“Who’s On First”, or What Happens When We Don’t Listen

A hilarious and classic example of poor listening is the Abbott and Costello sketch, “Who’s on First”? 

Nothing has been performed or imitated more, nothing is better to demonstrate the confusion, anger, and bad feelings that can come out of not listening properly.

Check out the sketch here; listen, watch and enjoy![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”19366″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_single_image image=”19367″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]

Inspiration from Authors: Quotes on Listening

Sometimes all you need is an inspirational quote to focus on a behavior or task. 

Check out quotes on listening from famous authors and historical figures here, and inspire yourself to listen more!

We hope this trailmix can give you inspiration to reframe in your own life and continue on your innovation journey! We hope you learned something, laughed, and got in the mood to listen more to those around you!  [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Created by Ann Drewiske and Bobby Gardner[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]