Published monthly by Sharon Eakes, Hope Unlimited, LLC
FOCUS: Silence
Disciplines: Mental Models, Personal Mastery, Systems Thinking

"He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation delightful." Sydney Smith


--> I once attended a Quaker gathering where the focus was a topic of great interest. There were only 2 rules: 1) each person had to speak before any person could speak a second time, and 2) after each speaker there were 2 minutes of silence. It was profound. Imagine how this format would change business meetings!

--> Miss Fuller, my childhood piano teacher, once chided me for speeding through a piece. "Without the rests, the silences, there is no music," she said.

--> When people together experience a moving moment - whether in the presence of remarkable talent or an authentic expression of a deep truth - the immediate, spontaneous response is not applause. It is deep silence.

--> One of the hardest and most important skills in coaching is being silent. It is amazing what people come up with when you give them time and your quiet presence.

--> I first realized I was falling in love with Hal when we drove into Pittsburgh together. Our conversation included long, comfortable silences.

--> The silence of meditation is especially powerful. "I have so much to do today, I need to meditate more than usual," the Dalai Lama said.

--> Of a distinguished general it was said that "he could hold his tongue in ten languages."

--> A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard:
Why can't we all be like that bird?


Grow the silence in your life.


Please join me for a 45-minute telegathering to explore the importance and value of silence and how to grow the silence in our lives. Call Thursday, April 29 at 12 noon EDT (11:00 a.m. CDT, 10:00 a.m. MDT, 9:00 a.m. PDT) 1-425-818-9401 X925 No need to register....just call at that time!
Reach me: 1-888-907-HOPE (4673)or e-mail I am a personal and executive coach and would be happy to offer you a complimentary coaching session by phone. I also coach family businesses.

Each month FRESH VIEWS focuses on a single topic, relates it to one of the five disciplines of a learning community, and offers a coaching tip and a follow-up telegathering. Please forward it to friends and colleagues. My purpose in writing FRESH VIEWS is to nurture, prod and encourage readers to think and talk about these topics with their families, friends and colleagues. Mine is only one view. Multiple conversations may deliver us to insights only hinted at here. Such a process sustains the vitality of learning relationships, learning families, learning organizations and learning communities.

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