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Receptive--open and responsive to ideas, impressions, or suggestions

If you’re receptive, you’re adaptable and tend to be creative and innovative. You like to solve problems, be visionary, to learn from and connect with others.

An unreceptive person may believe her way is superior so there’s no need to listen to the ideas or comments of others. I might label an unreceptive person as stubborn, close-minded, insecure or egotistical. An unreceptive person frustrates those around him, stifles morale and momentum and misses dynamic discussions and brainstorms that could lead to higher productivity and satisfaction for everyone.

An author on Ivy Sea®, Inc., http://www.ivysea.com, a guide for right-livelihood-- resources for living true and working well, writes:
“Imagine a clear, healthy, flowing stream, and then imagine that same stream with a blockage of garbage and dead wood. Where receptivity is limited, so is the stream of what otherwise might be flowing in and received.”

How do we become more receptive?

Devote time to mindful and skilled communication.

1. Mindfulness is being in the moment. Concentrate on the speaker, the nonverbal moves and what he or she is saying.

2. Listen and receive what that person is saying. Don’t judge (piling up trash on that stream) but be open to the person’s perceptions, thoughts and ideas.

3. The skilled part is deep inquiry, not inquisition. You genuinely want to hear more about a specific idea or observation. Ask questions rather than offering advice or giving opinions. It’s asking the right questions so you understand what another means and work toward creative and innovative ideas.

4. Be open to criticism. It’s someone’s perception and you need to understand their view. Discuss without being defensive. Often you’ll generate ideas for improvement or you’ll learn you didn’t communicate as well as you intended.

“The thunderclap of passion is heard only by the heart ready to listen.” Benita Eisler, American author

How can you be more receptive?