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Igor Stravinsky said that…

On December 1st covering

“To listen is an effort and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.”

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Dec 1 at 13:42


I’m not sure I agree with that. Part of my job as a consultant is to ‘hear’ what is being said as well as what isn’t. Listening is only one part of that equation, hearing is the other so I don’t see one as being more important than the other – I do think you need to do both if you’re going to be effective working with groups.


Dec 1 at 17:50


I think I.S. was making a point about passive hearing without making connections or making sense, versus active listening, which involves bringing all of your capacities into the moment. But I see your point. Or hear it, or whatever. Thanks.

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