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The Power of Listening

People will rarely remember your advice, but they will always remember that you listened.
Cara Lawrence

Sometimes the greatest sermon is silence. A suffering person does not need a lecture – he needs a listener.
Billy Graham

One of the best ways to build trust is by deep listening. It’s the most powerful dynamic of human interaction when people feel they’re being heard. Listening doesn’t mean agreeing, but it does mean having the empathic reach to understand another.
Warren Bennis

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
Henry David Thoreau

Bend from the lofty perch of your own disciplines and listen with regard to disciplines not your own. If you are an engineer, listen to the artist; if you are a physicist, listen to the philosopher; if you are a logician, listen to the religionist; and especially if you are in a position of power, listen, listen.
Chaim Potok


When we worry about going broke, getting sick or losing face, our focus is on ourselves. One way to reduce worrying is to shift gears, and focus on how you can help someone else.
Dr. Suzanne Zoglio

Worry is the antithesis of trust. You simply cannot do both.
Elisabeth Elliot

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
Mahatma Gandhi

If you worry, you didn’t pray. If you pray, don’t worry.

A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. “I reckon,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye, “it’s because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.”
Dorothea Kent

Trust God

God is too wise to be mistaken. God is too wise to be unkind. When you can’t trace His hand, that’s when you must learn to trust His heart.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
Psalm 37:5

Beware of despairing about yourself: you are commanded to put your trust in God, not in yourself.
St. Augustine

Trust God for great things; with your five loaves and two fishes, He will show you a way to feed thousands.
Horace Bushnell

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
Isaiah 26:3-4


A good appearance inspires trust in the people who deal with you.
Rick Pitino

Never judge or underestimate people by their physical appearance. Successful people come in all weights, heights, shapes, sizes and colors.
Brian Koslow

I’m not the greatest looking person in the world. Neither was Abraham Lincoln. My point? The way you look shouldn’t affect what you do in life.
Yogi Berra

Beware a gaudy exterior. The wise will infer a lean interior.
Charles Simmons


The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one’s sympathy the gloom of somebody else.
Arnold Bennett

It is not work that kills me; it is worry. Worry is rust upon the blade.
Henry Ward Beecher

Worry – a god, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse; it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair grey.
Benjamin Disraeli

Ulcers are what you get from mountain climbing over mole hills.

O Father, save me from the depression that comes from accepting every gloomy prediction and every bad news story as though they were the whole truth. May your grace help me not to be anxious about tomorrow, but to live with the trust that enables me to cope with today.
Reginald Hollis


The most essential quality for leadership is not perfection, but credibility. People must be able to trust you, or they won’t follow you. How do you build credibility? Not by pretending to be perfect, but by being honest.
Rick Warren

Leadership is by example, not talk.
Bill Walsh

Leaders make ideas tangible and real to others, so they can support them. For no matter how marvelous the vision, the effective leader must use a metaphor, a word or a model to make that vision clear to others.
Warren Bennis

Treat others as we want to be treated ourselves. People do not willingly follow leaders who are unconcerned with how they are treated.
Major General William Cohen

A leader can empower people by expecting more of them than they think they can possibly achieve. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy – if the leader really believes that people can do more, they’ll begin to expect more from themselves.
Robert Townsend


For a truth to be heard, it must be spoken with kindness.
Leo Tolstoy

People are not going to follow you as a leader unless you show them that you’re real. They are not going to believe you unless they trust you. And they are not going to trust you unless you always tell them the truth and admit when you were wrong.
Mike Kryzewski

The truth is more important than the facts.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Truth sells itself. Truth gets you through situations nothing else will. Looking dumb is oodles better than lying. The risk of false accusation is one of those risks that accompany success and senior leadership positions. The only way to ensure yourself against this risk is to be publicly, privately and deliberately squeaky clean.
Dave Oliver, Jr.