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September 2013       

Dave Veale
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Listening to Understand...

"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply."             
                                                             - Stephen R. Covey

Of all the leadership skills we touch on when delivering the 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ workshop, the one that seems to resonate with every participant is the skill of listening.

The fascination with mastering this skill appears to be universal. While delivering these workshops over the last eight years, I have used one particular experiential listening exercise on a wide variety of participants (teachers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, etc.) in locations around the world (from Beverly Hills to Belgrade). This listening exercise has a profound, observable impact on virtually every single workshop participant - it is amazing!

When a leader understands - and feels - the negative impact of not listening (or even worse...pretend listening) to someone, they typically start to appreciate the art and power of listening to understand. Many of the leaders I interview in my leadership column have figured out, as Francis McGuire CEO of Major Drilling discusses (see our interview below), that a leader's ability to listen at 'Level Three' is directly related to their ability to lead effectively.

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Francis McGuire
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President & CEO Major Drilling
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Leadership Unleashed ~ Interviews with Leaders

Interview with Francis McGuire ~ President & CEO of Major Drilling, Moncton, NB.
It's been almost 14 years since Francis took the reigns of the near-bankrupt Major Drilling. It was a combination of his experience as deputy minister of Economic Development and Tourism as well as his relationship with Frank McKenna, who was chairman, that created the opportunity for Francis to become president and CEO.

The fact that he could run the business from Moncton was what ultimately clinched the deal.

                                                 Read the whole interview...

3 Ways to Stay Fresh...

1. Register to attend our next Coaching Skills Workshop in Moncton, NB on Tuesday, October 29th.

2. Registration is now open for the 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ taking place on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 in Toronto, ON

3. Upcoming 1/2 day session in Saint John, NB on September 27th: Project Management for Learning Projects: Employing Best Practices and Navigating Common Pitfalls

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