listen-post-itLISTEN — It’s the single most valued leadership strategy by executives who are actively working on strengthening their professional abilities using the PLAN TO BE YOUR BEST …As You Navigate Change methodology.

Out of the eight strategies taught in the program, it consistently gets 50% more votes than the second highest ranking strategy.

It’s very easy for us to jump up and say what we feel, but it’s much more difficult to sit back and take in and appreciate someone else’s perspective. In a lot of ways, the secret of success is driven by your ability to listen and appreciate others and what they have to say, and appreciate their perspectives.

–Edison Machado, Chief Quality Officer, Vice President of Strategy, IPRO.

Listen to Edison’s comments following a two-day PLAN TO BE YOUR BEST leadership meeting:


If you’re navigating change and want to develop a plan, let me encourage you to ask…and answer…this question:

Who do you know that has relevant experience and solid leadership strengths, and is someone you can/should listen to?

Ask them about their struggles, insights and perspectives. Listen for solutions which may apply to your situation, and let his or her answers inspire you to develop new ideas to apply, or at least to test out.


Give the gift of your time and full attention to the people working with you, including those on your team and those who report to you. The greater the change and set of challenges you’re experiencing, the more they have to say and need to say.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

 —Winston Churchill