The Art of Active Listening: How People at Work Feel Heard, Valued, and Understood

  • 3h 20m 31s
  • Heather R. Younger, Heather Younger
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2023

Improve communication, engagement, and culture with active listening.

When employees, colleagues, and customers are not being heard, organizational culture, employee happiness, and overall organizational success will suffer. How well do you listen?

Active listening is the doorway to increased belonging, loyalty, profitability, innovation, and so much more. It is the difference between thinking we understand what people want and knowing what they want. Want to build stronger relationships, avoid misunderstandings, and anticipate problems before they surface at work?

All you have to do is listen.

The Art of Active Listening introduces a 5-step framework that shows you how to listen successfully and act upon what you are hearing. Readers will discover how to:

  1. Recognize the unsaid
  2. Seek to understand
  3. Decode
  4. Act
  5. Close the loop

Backed by her personal review of over 30,000 employee and customer surveys and facilitation of 100's of focus groups, Younger discovered one universal truth: We all want to be heard. We want our voices to matter. We want the work we do to matter.

When we get this right - when we listen to our employees and customers and care about them not just for what they can do but for who they ARE - they can and will move mountains.

Using the tools provided in this book, you can implement active listening, regardless of whether you're in-person or virtual, that benefits all team members and customers, strengthens overall engagement, improves organizational culture and creates a space for everyone to have a voice.

When those at work feel heard, they will do whatever it takes to achieve outcomes that serve your relationship and your organization.

About the Author

Heather Younger is the founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix, an organization dedicated to inspiring and training leaders to put their employees first. She is a frequent keynote speaker, host of the weekly podcast Leadership with Heart, an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management, and certified in Emotional and Social Intelligence and as a DiSC trainer and coach. She has a law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and is the author of The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty.

HEATHER R YOUNGER is the founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix. She is an international keynote speaker, host of the "Leadership with Heart" podcast, and a workplace culture, employee engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion consultant. Heather has a law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is the best-selling author of The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty and The Art of Caring Leadership.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction How Well Do You Listen?
  • Chapter 1 - Recognize the Unsaid
  • Chapter 2 - Seek to Understand
  • Chapter 3 - Decode
  • Chapter 4 - Act
  • Chapter 5 - Close the Loop
  • Conclusion Are You Ready to Become a Better Active Listener?

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