Everybody Matters Podcast: The Ripple Effect of Listening

I’m proud to say that Our Community Listens, the non-profit my wife Cynthia and I founded, has brought Barry-Wehmiller’s listening skills training to 33 communities and 10,000 lives in the last nine years. Can you imagine the ripple effect from each of those people as they go into their communities and actually listen, really listen to the people they come into contact with every day?

When Cynthia came up with the idea to bring Barry-Wehmiller’s listening skills class (now called Listen Like a Leader) into communities, we knew it would have tremendous impact. We could never have dreamed that a surprising set of circumstances would take those teachings across the world.

On this week’s Everybody Matters Podcast you’ll hear an amazing story about how OCL now has a partner in the far east. This past November, Barry-Wehmiller University’s David VanderMolen and OCL’s Curriculum Director, Marsha Burns, traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to train 13 new facilitators who are prepared to share empathetic listening throughout Asia. You can read more about this partnership in a blog post by Rebecca Emerson, OCL’s Executive Director.

Imagine the ripple effect these people will have in their part of the world!

Listen to David, Rebecca and Marsha talk about how this partnership came about and how it has the potential to change thousands of lives in Malaysia and across Asia.

The Everybody Matters Podcast is available for free on iTunes where you can easily download it straight to your computer or mobile device. We encourage you to subscribe to the Everybody Matters podcast on iTunes so you won’t miss an episode. It is also available on Spotify and You Tube. You can download the podcast here or listen straight from the player below:

Truly Human Leadership is found throughout Barry-Wehmiller Companies, where Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO. A $3+ billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting firm, Barry-Wehmiller’s 12,000 team members are united around a common belief: we can use the power of business to build a better world. Chapman explores that idea in his Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring For Your People Like Family, available from Penguin Random House.

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  • David VanderMolen says:

    During the recording of this podcast, I failed to mention a critical player to the whole of our success with the OCL Malaysia Project. In fact, had it not been for Shirley Tipton’s exceptional project leadership skills, her tenacity to ask the tough questions and her orchestration of a myriad of details on the ground in Malaysia during our first trip in country, our second trip into Kuala Lumpur wouldn’t have been nearly as effective.

    I’m honored to recognize Shirley Tipton as the “instrument of choice” to get the job done on the ground in Malaysia, as well as, an exceptional partner in training who “saved the day” by filling in for me when I was down for count with an intestinal virus during trip one.

    Shirley, Thank you for personally sacrificing so much to travel two-times to Kuala Lumpur in the midst of packing and relocating your family from Colorado to California to serve so professionally our new friends in Kuala Lumpur, the entire OCL Team and me. We are indeed indebted to you for all the impact we collectively achieved.

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