A series of conversations where Jane and her guests dive deeper into the topic
of listening from various perspectives.

Bob Chapman

Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller shares the profound impact of empathetic listening on business and the lives of team members within the organisation. We learn of one of the core challenges of listening in business and some key principles that complement listening with empathy in seeing the goodness in others, recognition and generating a culture of service – the key tenants of Truly Human Leadership. To learn more of Bob’s story please visit: bobchapman.co

Julian Saipe

Julian Saipe a former opera singer, later founded Zafferano, a premium hospitality business where he was CEO for 15 years. Following the acquisition of his Company, Julian retrained as an executive coach and now provides coaching and leadership development with his business JAA World. Other roles include Adjunct Professor at IE Business School, Madrid where he teaches on the Human Resources and Talent Development Masters, and Member of the Forbes Coaches Council and contributor to Forbes where he writes about leadership and personal development theory and practice.

Ruth McCarthy

Ruth is a Faculty Member of Time to Think, leadership and coaching organisation developing Thinking Environments for others to hone and develop their finest independent thinking.  As coach, facilitator, teacher and speaker, Ruth teachers others to listen. Listen to generate their best thinking and performance.


So Jane. What a great book review of your book and what a fascinating thing. Right? This idea of listening. So it really brings me really to my first question because it’s so much of what coaching is. But what brought you into coaching?

Well, I think this is all about personal leadership and I think this has been one of the greatest impacts for me around retraining to be a coach and really understanding what it means to be a great coach. And so the journey I went on to become a coach was one of self-discovery, one of self-awareness, one of great learning, one of the new habits, to develop, one of great listening, one of, you know, inviting people to think more deeply than they had before.

Seeking to understand, resisting the urge to interrupt, and minimizing distractions are just a few of the practical ways to improve your listening skills. In this week’s episode with listening specialist, Jane Adshead-Grant, you will walk away with insights on the colors of listening, how to lead without speaking, and how to develop deeper relationships through your listening.

A selection of podcasts where Jane has been invited to speak on the topic of listening and more which you might enjoy

What space are you for people?

This is an interesting question to ponder at first but listen in on why guest Jane Adshead-Grant is not sorry for being an uncomfortable space.

In this episode, you will hear about:

  • How being an uncomfortable space is needed for growth
  • Listening is a key to success
  • How interrupting can be hurtful more than we may know
  • How encouragement is only one side of the coaching equation 
  • and more …

In this episode, Jane shares the impact of generative listening. She speaks about how her life and relationships have deepened and have become more meaningful as she has learned and practiced this type of listening. She shares stories about how listening helps others to think for themselves independently, with courage, imagination, and grace. And how this has business impact. She highlights that when we listen in a generative way, we give people the opportunity to become better speakers, better thinkers, and better presenters; we articulate our message well because we know we aren’t judged and interrupted. She describes how organizations can integrate listening to create an environment of inclusion.

Executive coach and author of Are You Listening or Just Waiting to Speak, Jane Adshead-Grant is the guest on today’s show. She shares deep insights about listening with host Kevin Monroe, including why she discourages note-taking during conversations.