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

Sana Wajid
Senior Leader & Engineer

Join me in conversation with Sana Wajid, senior leader and engineer, who shares the impact of bringing listening sessions into Network Rail as a way to include everyone and encourage team members across the organisation to share their voice. Sana’s commitment to serving in her leadership is unwavering. Standing up for what she believes and providing opportunities for others is outstanding. Improvements are taking shape and senior leadership have a chance to hear the voices of their organisation. www.thelisteningcoach.co.uk

Tom Kaden & Michael Gingerich
Chief Encouragement Officers and co-founders of the organisation Someone to Tell it to

Join me in conversation with Tom and Michael as they share the story behind their latest book Listening 2by2 – A paradigm shift for leaders. You will discover more about the model of 2by2 and the acronym LISTEN representing the key skills and principles for leaders to deepen their listening skills to have impact both at work and outside of work. A beautifully written story, bringing to life the life of a leader, Jeffrey and how he navigates his leadership role embedding the skills of listening. You can get your copy of Listening 2by2 here and to learn more about Tom and Michael, https://someonetotellitto.org

Colin D Smith
The Listener

Colin is founder of Dexterity Solutions – Making profound change to how we connect with our colleagues, partners and children and is known as ‘The Listener’.

Join me in this conversation with Colin where we explore the transformational nature of listening and being listened to.

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.

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


As we live in a world where there are lots of distractions, be that from modern technology or from people constantly telling us what to do, we often forget that as humans, we yearn to be noticed and heard too. Just as how important it is for us to listen to others, we also shouldn’t forget the value of listening to ourselves first.
Without fully understanding who we are and what we’d want to become, how can we even help others to feel like they’re safe and heard? Without listening to what our inner self has to say first, how can we even expect ourselves to hear voices of this world?

Lending your ears, your heart, and your soul as you listen to people will impact that person’s life forever. Nevertheless, remember that you also have a soul that’s asking to be cared for.

In this episode, Jane talks about the levels of listening as she discusses why self listening is a must before actually being able to listen to others well. Jane also reminds people how important mindset is as we go on with our listening journey.


In this episode your host, Andy Goram, talks to Jane Adshead-Grant, executive coach, and author of the books “Are you listening, or just waiting to speak?” and the recently published “The Listening Coach”. Jane is also an Ambassador of Truly Human Leadership and part of the Chapman & Co. Institute who want to create more businesses who truly care. The wonderful Bob Chapman and Barry Wehmiller story provides the backdrop for a great conversation on what it really takes to generate a truly caring culture.


Jane Adshead-Grant, of London, England, makes her second appearance on the podcast. She is an author and an award-winning accredited executive coach with over 30 years experience in people-focused roles. In this episode, we talk with her about her newest book, and focus especially on her challenge she presents to listen to ourselves. She makes the point that to be a great listener, we first need to know what it feels like to be listened to, truly listened to, free from interruption, judgment and distraction. Hers is a wise and insightful perspective.


Jane Adshead-Grant has been a very good friend to all of us at Barry-Wehmiller. She has interviewed our CEO, Bob Chapman, on a number of occasions. She’s worked with us as a facilitator and she was instrumental in putting together Bob’s Truly Human Leadership tour in Europe in 2020. Most of all, Jane is a tireless advocate for Truly Human Leadership in the world. Jane has written several books and her most recent one is titled The Listening Coach: Coach Yourself Through the Elements of Listening That are Critical in Life, Business and our Communities. And our conversation today will be about the power of listening.


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.


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.

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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 …
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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.


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.