Kathrin O’Sullivan is an experienced organization development consultant, executive coach and speaker with twenty years of experience in the tech industry including Google and Oracle. She is based in Silicon Valley and works internationally.
Kathrin believes that in service of creating a world where everyone can thrive. She says we need smart leaders who are curious, grounded, open, and passionate about what they do. In times where command and control approaches do more harm than good, effective leadership requires presence, deep listening, truth telling, and compassionate, wise action. Despite the “always on” pressure of their daily reality, the most powerful and effective leaders cultivate time for silence and introspection in order to sharpen their intellect and access their intuition. This allows authentic and effective leadership which inspires everyone to give their best, even in times of uncertainty and constant change.
In this episode, Kathrin provides lots of very insightful and practical information on listening in the tech world and in high-take environments. She also reveals the power of listening for values and understanding the emotions that go with it. Kathrin gives us different perspectives on how listening impacts critical discussions and yields optimal results in the solution process, with people engagement and in relationship building.
“We can choose to listen in different ways. When we choose consciously how we want to do that, then we’re already present.”
– Kathrin O’Sullivan
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