When we try to create change without taking the time to listen, we end up diving in without having a clear understanding of the problem(s) we’re trying to fix.
This is an easy trap to fall into, especially when our good intentions feel so palpable. But taking the time to listen, cultivate shared understanding, and ask informed questions isn’t a side issue we can circle back to when it’s convenient.
Listening is one of the very first steps in responding to a challenge or crisis with a solution that fits the situation before us.
Whether we’re wondering how to close a communication gap, re-start a difficult conversation, or identify a clear next step, productive change doesn’t come from speculation - it flows from connection.
When you feel the desire to create change, resist the urge to reach for conclusions. Instead, carve out time to ask intentional questions. And then, choose to listen.