Ashley Rivera

282: Slowing Down to Speed Up

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast! In this episode of the Leadership with Heart Podcast, Heather reflects on her recent experiences and shares an important lesson she learned: “slowing down to speed up.” Over the past nine days, Heather has been on a hectic journey, traveling for a keynote in Houston, attending the National … Read more

 Perspectives on Inclusive Leadership

What comes to mind when you think of inclusive leadership within the workplace? If you have been reading my work or watching my videos, you know that I think inclusion starts with active listening.  My latest book is dedicated to clarifying and simplifying this topic. When I think of inclusion, I also think of allowing … Read more

Using Active Listening to Avoid Miscommunication in the Workplace

Active listening is a great way to reduce miscommunication at work, and it’s not hard to learn. I remember in the past noticing a team member was sitting around me, seeming anxious or not themselves. I decided to invite her to my office and close the door, I just asked “what could be going on, … Read more

246: Leaders with Heart Are Open to Suggestions

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: Heather chats directly with her listeners about the journey that this podcast has been so far. She asks the listeners to weigh in and give their thoughts on what they think about the future of the podcast episodes – should she do them alone, always have guests, what … Read more

243: Leaders with Heart Need a Support System Too

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: Dr. David Bradley Co-Owner, Lake Oconee Dentistry Dr. David Bradley has over two decades of experience in the practice of general dentistry.  He is an alumnus of the Dawson Academy and has been trained by the Seattle Institute of Advanced Dental Education. Dr. David has also completed various … Read more

What I Learned from My Father’s Death

Imagine never knowing whether your father is dead or alive. If you can imagine, it would be tough. Unfortunately, this happened to me. To be honest, I have been reluctant to post this because of just how personal it is. But the unfortunate circumstances around what I am about to tell you truly changed me. … Read more

What Active Listening Means at Work

active listening at work

Most people think that active listening is simply opening our ears to hear what someone is saying to us, and then asking them questions. But there’s so much more than that. Some leaders tend to approach situations with preconceived notions, and we all know there’s that part of human nature that makes us feel more … Read more

234: Leaders with Heart Bring the Energy

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather chats with JD Busch, CEO “Chief Energy Officer” at Pulse Performance, a 30-minute tech-driven fitness solution. JD was involved in an accident in 2020. As a hard-working entrepreneur, JD already knew there are no shortcuts in life, especially his recovery. After reading and researching different methods of rehabilitation and training, JD came across … Read more

Three Little Things That Drive Employee Motivation

Three Little Things That Drive Employee Motivation

I spoke to a few younger employees that were working at a golf club I was at recently and I asked them, “What makes your boss so great?” The way they responded made me think about how the little things really have such a pull in driving employee motivation. Especially when hearing it from the … Read more

173: Leaders with Heart Ask for Help

leaders with heart ask for help garry turner

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather interviews Garry Turner – friend, Caring Leadership Coach, and International Product Manager for IMCD Group. Garry shows up in his most authentic self in this episode. As you can tell from the first 5 minutes of listening, Garry is someone who believes being vulnerable … Read more


Leadership With Heart With Heather R Younger

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The Cycle of Active Listening

Create a listening culture that elevates the workplace experience for everyone.

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  • Understand why listening is the key to improved engagement
  • Learn how the Cycle of Active Listening contributes to strong workplace relationships
  • Get a practical framework for creating a listening culture that is bidirectional, responsive, and supportive

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