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Tribal America: How Do We Bridge the Gap Between 'Us' and 'Them'?

Terry Newell | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

"You" and "me" became "we" in service to our shared needs. But when other groups showed up, "we" became "us," a tribe opposed to "them." Violence and destruction too often followed, and we still search for a shared morality that works across tribes.

Are You a Mindful Listener?

Ora Nadrich | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Ora Nadrich

To be a mindful listener you need to truly listen, and what that means is maybe talk a little less. You'll have plenty of opportunity to speak what's on your mind, but by being a better listener, it will actually make you a more thoughtful speaker.

How Malcolm X Taught Me to Listen

Aspen Baker | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Aspen Baker

Racism -- the insidious disease, the implicit bias, the unwritten rules that govern our lives -- won't be fixed by a grand jury alone. We have to take responsibility for the cultural practices that let racism thrive.

How To Listen Like A Pro

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Rather than thinking about a response, try to understand what they're going through at an emotional level. For example, if a friend tells you about losing a job, think about their situation and how it might impact them, not how you would feel if you were in their situation.

Perhaps God Wants Us to Just Listen

John Backman | Posted 12.04.2014 | Religion
John Backman

by listen, I don't mean waiting impatiently for the other person to stop so I can have my say. I don't mean listening through the filter of every belief I've ever held. I mean listening that is deep, openhearted, and fully attentive, that strives to experience the other person as she is

Listen Up: This Is the Most Meaningful Part of My Job

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 12.04.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Decades as a reporter and editor -- and now as a college instructor -- have installed a well-calibrated BS-detector in my brain. It was not going off.

Continuous Learning Is Key to Achieving Better Outcomes

Kirsten Lodal | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Kirsten Lodal

Co-authored with Dan Cardinali To address complex social challenges, we need to figure out what works. Collecting evidence, however, is only part of ...

What Captures Your Attention Controls Your Life

Kare Anderson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Kare Anderson

Giving and receiving undivided attention, even briefly, is the least that one individual can do for another -- and sometimes the most. And yet, attending to others doesn't just help them -- it helps us, by evoking responses that help the listener feel cared for, useful, and connected to the larger world.

10 Lessons Learned in Corporate That Every Entrepreneur Can Use To Grow Their Business

Kelly Lynn Adams | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Lynn Adams

Some of the most successful people in the world are some of the hardest working people. Once these people reach "success" they don't stop -- they keep on going -- their passions, desires and drive keep them motivated and inspired to do more, help more and give more. So tune into your desires, passions and drive. What fuels your work ethic?

11 Things Powerful People Never, Ever Think

Chris Deaver | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Chris Deaver

Powerful people think in a healthy way that invites inspiration. From when they wake up in the morning to when they close their eyes at night, they're creating thoughts that bring the best possibilities.

10 Lessons I Learned While Working With Women Activists in Nepal

Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

It's true that because of local and global inequalities most women I lived among in our village in Nepal didn't have the means to broadcast their voices far. But they still had voices -- many voices: loud, kind, gruff, joyful, argumentative, funny, critical, quiet, curious, smart, compassionate, teasing. I just had to learn some lessons on how to tune in better.

Are You a Great Listener?

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

To succeed in today's business world, leaders must be proactive, skilled listeners. Leaders who make themselves accessible for conversation and listen regularly are well informed of the goings on in their workplaces.

7 Tips for Asking Highly-Effective Questions

HopeLab | Posted 11.14.2014 | Healthy Living

People have shifting interests, concerns, and worries. So as a leader, you cannot support people unless you know what they think and how they feel. And this can only be done by asking meaningful questions and listening deeply.

Listen Like You Mean It

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

Active, conscious, wholehearted listening isn't easy. It demands patience, compassion, sustained concentration, and a willingness to set aside ego, but committing to this level of listening opens the floodgates for powerful communication.

Listening: The Miracle Drug

Steve Young | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Steve Young

Written by Steve Young with Dr. William Scarlett (D.D.O.,FACS, FACOS,FAACS) "It's more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to k...

Big Deals In Disguise

Christine French Cully | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

We may think these questions are humorous or simply small potatoes. But to the kids who pose these questions, they are not. They want answers, and although they can't articulate it, they are asking for a moment of genuine engagement

Facing My Blind Spot: A Story Of Becoming Self-Aware

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 12.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Allowing others to shine a light on our blind spots, particularly with respect to our faults, teaches us how to become better conversationalists, better listeners, and ultimately, better people in general. What we learn about our blind spots may not always be pleasant, but it can open up a whole new world we never even knew existed.

Keep Your Eye On The Dream: Your Child's Not Yours

Janie Emaus | Posted 12.24.2014 | Parents
Janie Emaus

When it comes to sports, too many parents listen to the child that lives inside of themselves, rather than the child that is standing in front of them.

The Importance Behind People Skills

Ramiz Bozai | Posted 12.04.2014 | Teen
Ramiz Bozai

There are many essential life skills a person must learn in order to thrive in life. They often depict a person's level of success, and happiness. Throughout my life adventures, I've learned that people skills are vital to succeeding in the circumstances we face nowadays.

The Importance of Voice in a New Love Interest

John McElhenney | Posted 12.10.2014 | Style
John McElhenney

I'm officially adding the phone call as a precursor to every in-person date. I'd rather not go on anymore text-only dates. I want to hear them and imagine them saying wonderful things.

Outrage Is the New Black: Don't Be a Troll

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Remember that noise is easy; quiet is hard. The effectiveness of online communication is staggering and the ease of engaging in this medium makes it tempting to jump into flame wars with both feet.

Optimism: The Silver Lining in a Chaotic World

Christine French Cully | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

How do we shield our children from news of these horrific events? Is it even possible? I talk to a colleague whose kindergartner has missed several days of school while the manhunt for the shooter in the woods ensues.

7 Reasons Introverts Make Great Leaders

| Jessica Stillman | Posted 09.24.2014 | Small Business

There's a paradox at the heart of how we think about leaders. Ask someone to picture a stereotypical leader and most people will think of someone conf...

Stay Sought-After by Connecting Better in Conversation

Kare Anderson | Posted 11.22.2014 | Good News
Kare Anderson

Both online and in person, connective conversations are increasingly rare, so your capacity to connect deeply with diverse individuals will cause you to stand out and attract smarter support sooner in all parts of your life.

The 9 DO NOTs of Active Listening

Janice Taylor | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

Listening to one another takes skills that some of us haven't picked up along the way. (Probably, because we weren't listening. Vicious cycle!) Thus, causing misunderstandings, disagreements, frustration, irritation, disputes and discord.