(How many times did you hear that when you were a kid?)
Ron, over at the Leadership Advantage, offers these insights from the International Listening Association:
- We spend 45% of our waking time in listening, yet we forget 50% of what we hear
- 85% of our learning is derived from listening
- Listeners are distracted, forgetful and preoccupied 75% of the time
- Most people only remember about 20% of what they hear over time
- People listen at about 125 to 250 words per minute, but think at about 1,000 to 3,000 words per minute
With listening being such an important skill, why is so much of our learning based on reading?
What can we learn from listening? Can we even learn more from hearing - and seeing?
Here is Gary Harpst, author of Six Disciplines for Excellence, describing what kinds of organizations are "ready & able" to use Six Disciplines.