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Active Listening with Elisa Steele

By The Mission

“What I learned going into the board room, is your biggest asset is how good of a listener you are. ” -Elisa Steele In her nearly thirty-year career, Elisa Steele has learned a lot about what it means to be a leader. She’s had stints at Microsoft, Skype, Yahoo! And AT&T. Currently, she’s serving as the CEO of Namely, an HR software that provides payroll and HR management services to thousands of businesses. Through all of that, Elisa has zeroed in on one particularly useful superpower; the ability to actively listen to what her employees need. In this episode, Chad and Elisa sit down to discuss how to be a better leader through active listening, how that can lead to authentic storytelling that will empower your business and brand, and why you need to embrace the idea of “reverse mentors.” We just announced our newest partnership with b8ta! gives you access to some of the most innovative and cutting edge consumer tech products. This week, we will be giving away a pair of Dolby Dimension Headphones, the first wireless headphones perfected for entertainment at home. Enter the give away for a chance to win! Quotes: 4:20- “To me it’s all about prioritization everyday. I don’t really believe in this concept of work life balance.” - Elisa Steele 5:15- To me it’s all about ruthless prioritization and in the end that means that your getting right “work life balance” because your just doing the things that are most important in that moment.” -Elisa Steele 20:16- “I learned, with the power of authentic storytelling, that marketing is actually all about product.” -Elisa Steele 22:41-  “What I learned going into the board room, is your biggest asset is how good of a listener you are. ” -Elisa Steele 23:13- “I think active listening is the most important thing.”  -Elisa Steele Mission Daily and all of our podcasts are created with love by our team at We own and operate a network of podcasts, and brand story studio designed to accelerate learning. Our clients include companies like Salesforce, Twilio, and Katerra who work with us because we produce results. To learn more and get our case studies, check out If you’re tired of media and news that promotes fear, uncertainty, and doubt and want an antidote, you’ll want to subscribe to our daily newsletter at When you do, you’ll receive a mission-driven newsletter every morning that will help you start your day off right!

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