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The digital era is causing a slow degeneration in our ability to communicate and solve problems. Specifically, the part of communication that points to a good leader, and which doesn’t even require speaking words: active listening.BY MARCEL SCHWANTES, INC. CONTRIBUTING EDITOR AND FOUNDER, LEADERSHIP FROM THE CORE
The author of this article identifies ACTIVE LISTENING as the #1 skill, trait of a good leader. The article focuses on how the digital era is diminishing this skill in many. We believe the best way to teach this skill is Improvisation.
We use Improv comedy workshops to teach corporate teams, college groups and even k12 school groups.
- Our #1 rule HAVE FUN! (but never at another’s expense)
- Improv #1 rule: YES! And…
- #1 Skill: Listening
Listening is the cornerstone of Improvisation, as well as leadership, education, team work/community,sales and service.
LISTEN WITH YOUR EYES
Listening with your ears is amateur. One must listen with their eyes to truly focus and absorb.
LISTENING WITH A WILLINGNESS TO CHANGE
Most listen passively at best, or worse simply waiting for their time to speak.
Great listening requires opening yourself up to the possibility you might be wrong. Truly hearing the speakers words and intent.
As a leader we need to truly understand our team’s needs to lead them to the next level. Otherwise we are just bosses and managers, serving a title.
If you want your team to succeed, LISTEN. Train your leaders to LEAD BY EXAMPLE with Improv Comedy Workshops.
The New York Improv Theater is a one stop edutainment center for corporate team building, office / holiday parties and more. Our comedy shows and workshops deliver high impact results. Clients include Mercedes Benz, META /Facebook, TikTok, JP Morgan Chase, Accenture, Morgan Stanley, Twitter, Roblox, Rimowa, EI Digital, Accenture, Datadog HQ, Milbank, BING/Microsoft, Band of America – Merrill Lynch, Home Depot, Ernst & Young, Johnson & Johnson, Louis Vuitton, Coach, UBS, BDO, AMEX, Master Card, Macy’s, 360i, IBM, GM, Kraft, UNILEAVER, HBO, Prudential, and 100s more.