Listening 2by2: A Paradigm Shift for Leaders

(That’s When the Magic Happens!)

“The more time I’ve spent with some of the most successful teams, the more I’ve come to realize that listening is key to great results. As I wrote about in The Energy Bus, if you want to achieve greatness, you have to love your passengers and those in your sphere of influence; if you want to love those in your sphere of influence, you have to listen to them. Read this book and I promise you will be a better listener, a better leader, and accomplish far more than you could ever ask or imagine.”

—Jon Gordon, 12x bestselling author of The Energy Bus and The Carpenter

“Chances are that when this book ends up in your hands, the world will still be dealing with a significant level of divisiveness and incivility. The effect of this on people’s overall mental and emotional health is real. Because of this, I cannot think of a more critical skill for modern leaders to master, in support of their teams, than the skill of listening. This book will give you the strategies to listen more effectively than you ever have before, and it will undoubtedly change how you work, live and lead.” -Shola Richards, best-selling author of Making Work Work and Go Together.

—Shola Richards, best-selling author of Making Work Work and Go Together

Someone To Tell It To: Moved With Compassion is meant to be read slowly, in small portions. Each of the stories is intimate; they invite readers to reflect deeply on the examples they offer. Compassion requires an intentional consideration of another’s circumstances, a grace that recognizes our common humanity in all its beauty and brokenness. Our hope is that these stories help you understand what being more compassionate and emphatic can mean for your life and for the lives of those you encounter every day.

“This book will change you; gently, kindly and surely. In the celebrating of our common humanity, Michael and Tom invite us to be open and present, to watch the changes in our own heart ripple into the world around us.”
—Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack, Cross Roads, and Eve


Our first book, Someone To Tell It To: Sharing Life’s Journey, shares our own stories and the stories of others who are seeking meaning and purpose in their lives, especially when faced with challenges and questions. We are not alone in our fears, or in our feelings of inadequacy and uncertainty. We hope that this book motivates you to create more vital connections in your lives, connections that can be life-giving and soul-enriching, and that can bring peace in the dark seasons we all face.


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