Connecting local responses around the world
This note is based on an article and a podcast by Malcolm Gladwell. I will give the links at the end of the posting.
In the article and podcast, Gladwell asserts that when we listen we filter what we hear through our own biases. He tells the story of Konrad Kellen who is seen by Gladwell as having the gift of listening without filters. It is a fascinating story and I recommend it. The story tells of the disasters that can follow when we listen with filters and I think that he is recommending that we try as hard as we can to remove our filters.
I have thought about the story in the context of what I do in the Constellation. I think that Gladwell would say that when I practise SALT, I listen with the very specific filter that allows me to hear 'strengths' and thus I filter out a lot of other things that are being said. Perhaps I am comfortable to filter out 'weaknesses'. But perhaps I need to test myself for other things that I filter out when I listen.
I am not sure that I can listen without any filters. Those filters are based on the experiences that I have lived. But it is worthwhile to recognise that I do have filters. Once I listened for weaknesses. Now I listen for strengths. But what am I not hearing?
Here is the link to the article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23037957
Here is the link to the podcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b036k7d0
The article and the podcast are part of the promotion for his new book called 'David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants' that will be published on 3 October 2013. I haven't read the book and I am not recommending it.