Generous listening is powered by curiosity, a virtue we can invite and nurture in ourselves to render it instinctive. It involves a kind of vulnerability – a willingness to be surprised, to let go of assumptions and take in ambiguity. The listener wants to understand the humanity behind the words of the other, and patiently summons one’s own best self and one’s own best words and questions.*
Krista Tippett’s words connect
in many directions: to
Theory U’s* movement from cynicism
to compassion; to
James Carse’s^ infinite player who
wants to be surprised: to
Erwin McManus’^^ questor’s search for honour beginning with
humility; and to
Brené Brown’s*^ embracing of vulnerability
in order to live fully.
Evidence that our curiosity and willingness to listen will
lead us into a richer world –
Good to know we can grow these.
*Krista Tippett’s Becoming Wise;
**Otto Scharmer’s Theory U;
^James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games;
^^Erwin McManus’ Uprising;
*^Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly.