Do You Hear What I Hear?

As knowledgeable coach, I usually use metaphors to assist a shopper visualize or identify what challenges or alternatives they face.

By means of rationalization, take into account this: Once I attend a jazz session (my favourite American artwork type), I can typically discover myself honing in on a specific musician, even earlier than they take the musical lead. I’d really feel invited to take heed to a bluesy tenor saxophone, or shut my eyes and really feel the beat of the drums. After the set, I’d point out to others what I heard and the way it struck me. I’m usually pleasantly stunned to study that the people with whom I attended the session may need heard one thing dramatically completely different. One individual may inform me that the bass participant “slayed it,” whereas one other may say that the complete “vibe” got here collectively so nicely that it was laborious to determine one musician’s work.

The identical goes for our visible expertise. Like with music, I may also recall standing in entrance of a chunk of artwork, in all probability standing subsequent to folks I do know nicely. As we collectively ponder the that means of the artwork and what we “see,” it’s exceptional simply what number of views are skilled. I’d notice the vibrancy of the colours whereas one pal notices the usage of shading and the opposite pal the tiny brush strokes that created a portray.   And in reality, others may not give attention to the visible expertise, however on the human vitality which emerged for them!

Every particular person has their very own “actuality” which entails all 5 senses and extra. In music or artwork, an appreciation of a number of realities, like my thought concerning the saxophone participant versus one other individual’s notion of the bass participant, can improve and enrich the tapestry of our personal expertise. Particularly once we share these realities with others – and once we can then create, even for a second, a “shared actuality” with one other particular person it’s such a magical a part of the human expertise.

Human groups and the management of these with whom we work are full of an limitless variety of realities. Appreciating that they exist is vital. As an example, if I have a look at a revenue and loss assertion for a enterprise, I’d nicely give attention to the top-line revenues, whereas one other individual may transfer their eyes straight to the underside line. Considered one of us can see earnings, whereas one other is worried about money stream. Neither is mistaken.

What we have to admire totally is what the opposite individual sees and understands to create a “shared” actuality to learn each of us – and the bigger workforce. The “brush strokes” matter however so does the “shading” – even on a company monetary assertion. That’s the one approach we will “see” the entire image.

In the case of interpersonal traits and expertise, it turns into more and more tough. Human bias and perspective allow us to see solely particular capabilities and successfully ignore others.

The identical goes for a way others see us. We are able to by no means know one other individual’s perceptions and emotions about us till we ask. If we’re really focused on their journey, they might nicely change into focused on ours. After which the becoming a member of of two or extra can come collectively to create a shared expertise – and a shared journey – and the magic it accommodates.

Take into consideration the questions “Do you hear what I hear?” and “Do you see what I see?” the following time you meet together with your colleagues on the workplace (otherwise you’re sitting subsequent to a coach who loves jazz). I invite you to be open to studying and sharing – it should enrich the expertise and also you’ll be higher for it!

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