There are many people who want to contribute to learning and growing. Sometimes when these people come to us with ideas, we only listen and nod and say the right words and then move on to whatever task we need to complete. It is important to engage in a conversation and really listen and hear what someone is saying to ensure we understand what the person wants to share. It takes courage to share a thought or idea and this needs to be fostered. If we do not listen fully, and truly hear what someone is trying to share with us then the ideas will stop coming.
Some things that may hinder this type of conversation are: our own biases, cell phones, meetings that are not given enough time or maybe listening to too many people at one time.