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The Machiavellian's Guide to Empathy: Cheryl Travers at TEDxLoughborough

Venue: Loughborough Student's Union at Loughborough University.

In the often cut throat, challenging and competive world of work, we often forget the human element. As well as buildings, equipment, structures and finances, organisations consist fundamentally of people with have an innate need to be understood.


On the one hand, if we take the time and effort to care and be understanding, we can reap the rewards for others and ourselves, but on the other hand, it makes great business sense! Cheryl Travers investigates the nature, role and 'art' of this word that is increasingly on peoples' lips - empathy!


With a special focus on empathy at work, she will outline ways that we can enhance our empathic potential in an frequently uncaring organisational arena.

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To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

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[Leadership] Army Doctrine Reference Publication ADRP 6-22 (FM 6-22) Army Leadership

[Leadership] Army Doctrine Reference Publication ADRP 6-22 (FM 6-22) Army Leadership | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Army Leadership Competent, Confident, and Agile

https://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fm6-22.pdf 


Chapter 4 LEADER 

2 Empathy........................ 4-9


the Army leader to build high-performing and cohesive organizations able to effectively project and support landpower. It also creates positive organizational climates, allowing for individual and team learning, and empathy for all team members, Soldiers, civilians, and their families.


2-15. Three major factors determine a leader’s character: values, empathy, and the Warrior Ethos. Some characteristics are present at the beginning of the leader’s career, while others develop over time through additional education, training, and experience.

4-4. Character is essential to successful leadership. It determines who people are and how they act. It helps determine right from wrong and choose what is right. The factors, internal and central to a leader, which make up the leader’s core are—

    Army Values.

    Empathy.

    Warrior Ethos.


EMPATHY


4-42. Army leaders show a propensity to share experiences with the members of their organization. When planning and deciding, try to envision the impact on Soldiers and other subordinates. The ability to see something from another person’s point of view, to identify with and enter into another person’s feelings and emotions, enables the Army leader to better care for civilians, Soldiers, and their families.


4-43. Competent and empathetic leaders take care of Soldiers by giving them the training, equipment, and all the support they need to keep them alive in combat and accomplish the mission. During wartime and difficult operations, empathetic Army leaders share the hardships with their people to gauge if their plans and decisions are realistic. Competent and empathetic leaders also recognize the need to provide Soldiers and civilians with reasonable comforts and rest periods to maintain good morale and mission effectiveness. When a unit or organization suffers injuries or death, empathetic Army leaders can help ease the trauma and suffering in the organization to restore full readiness as quickly as possible.


4-44. Modern Army leaders recognize that empathy also includes nourishing a close relationship between the Army and Army families. To build a strong and ready force, Army leaders at all levels promote self sufficient and healthy families. Empathy for families includes allowing Soldiers recovery time from difficult missions, protecting leave periods, permitting critical appointments, as well as supporting events that allow information exchange and family teambuilding.


4-45. The requirement for leader empathy extends beyond civilians, Soldiers, and their families. Within the larger operational environment, leader empathy may be helpful when dealing with local populations and prisoners of war. Providing the local population within an area of operations with the necessities of life often turns an initially hostile disposition into one of cooperation.


B-35. To improve leader counseling skills, follow these general guidelines:

Display empathy when discussing the problem.


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Building a Caring Economy: empathy and compassion seem to come naturally to humans

Building a Caring Economy: empathy and compassion seem to come naturally to humans | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Today’s mainstream economic models are based on two fundamental assumptions: first, humans are essentially selfish actors who act rationally to advance their own utility – so-called homo economicus; but, second, as Adam Smith’s metaphor of an “invisible hand” was intended to suggest, self-regarding behavior can inadvertently advance the common good. Both assumptions are patently false.


It is important, however, to distinguish between basic empathic responses and a more universal capacity for compassion. Empathy alone does not necessarily prompt pro-social behavior; empathizing with the suffering of another may not drive you to help that person. In fact, empathy can result in distress, which may even lead to withdrawal or burnout...


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Both empathy and compassion seem to come naturally to humans. But both responses are fragile, and can be quelled or reversed by a large number of factors – including the degree to which we identify with the person who is suffering.

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The secret of empathy : McGill Reporter

The secret of empathy : McGill Reporter | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The ability to express empathy – the capacity to share and feel another’s emotions – is limited by the stress of being around strangers, according to a new study published recently in the journal Current Biology.


“President Barack Obama has described an ‘empathy deficit’ that fuels misunderstanding, divisions, and conflict. This research identifies a reason for the empathy gap and answers the vital question of how do we create empathy between strangers,” said psychology professor Jeffrey Mogil, senior author of the study.


“In this case, creating empathy was as simple as spending 15 minutes together playing the video game Rock Band®.” 


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Oxytocin Improves Empathy in Frontotemporal Dementia

Oxytocin Improves Empathy in Frontotemporal Dementia | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Intranasal administration of oxytocin twice daily for 1 week was safe and well tolerated and showed preliminary signs of improvement in symptoms of apathy and loss of empathy in patients with frontotemporal dementia, according to a new study.


The study, published in the January 13 issue of Neurology, was led by Elizabeth C. Finger, MD, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada


Dr. Finger explained to Medscape Medical News that frontotemporal dementia is the second most common cause of presenile dementia. "It typically starts in the 50s or 60s and appears to have a different pathology to Alzheimer's, with loss of empathy being the hallmark symptom in the most common subtype — known as behavioral variant."

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Leadership in a Combat Zone

Leadership in a Combat Zone | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by lieutenant general William G. Pagonis  U.S. Army 


Whether you’re running a company or feeding, clothing, and equipping an army, the bedrock principles of leadership don’t change: Know your stuff and listen hard, and your troops will fight like lions for you.


Expertise and Empathy

...Owning the facts is a prerequisite to leadership. But there are millions of technocrats out there with lots of facts in their quivers and little leadership potential. In many cases, what they are missing is empathy. No one is a leader who can’t put himself or herself in the other person’s shoes. Empathy and expertise command respect.

 ...I could perpetuate the cycle or I could act in the spirit of empathy, based on my vivid recollection of what it felt like to get knocked around. 


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Empathy was an absolutely vital quality in the context of the Gulf War. We asked ourselves constantly: What do the other people on our team need? Why do they think they need it, and how can we give it to them?

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The Heart of Effective Leadership: How empathy can make you a successful leader.

The Heart of Effective Leadership: How empathy can make you a successful leader. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Back in the 1950’s Carl Rogers identified three characteristics that psychotherapists should possess: warmth, genuineness, and empathy. Considerable research supported Rogers’ idea.


Regardless of the therapeutic orientation of the therapist, these three variables facilitated clients making positive changes. Building a positive relationship with the client has been viewed as an important part of effective psychotherapy. Over time, this concept has been included in, and adapted for, a variety of therapeutic approaches....


How can leaders be more effective?

  1. By listening to staff. When a leader seeks input from various levels within an organization, this helps staff feel valued.
  2. By reflecting back to staff what has been said.
  3. By using positive communication whenever possible. By acknowledging individual and group accomplishments, a leader builds a “positive balance” in the “emotional bank account” of staff, thus helping everyone feel more invested in the organization.


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Mirror Neurons: Are Your Emotions Contagious? - YouTube

Mirror Neurons: Are Your Emotions Contagious? - YouTube | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We're known to mimic each other's facial expressions and posture, but they aren’t the only things we can subconsciously “catch” from others.
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Stress Could Be Why We Don’t Empathize

Stress Could Be Why We Don’t Empathize | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

To find a link between stress and empathy, researchers treated male mice with the drug metyrapone, which blocks the stress hormone cortisol, to see how they would respond to pain in other mice.


The treated mice then began reacting to the unfamiliar mice in a manner normally reserved for cagemates showing signs of increased pain behaviors.  However, when the scientists stressed the mice, they showed less empathy when their fellow rodents showed signs of pain.

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Honoring MLK Jr. Day - Practicing Empathy

Honoring MLK Jr. Day - Practicing Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Today we honor a great hero who dedicated his to life to ending racial and economic inequality, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was an iconic leader who inspired us to have empathy for people from all walks of life.

Empathy has been on the tongues of many lately, from educators to businessmen to politicians, as an important trait necessary for successful relationships at home and at work.


Differing from sympathy, which is feeling sorrow for someone else’s misfortune and may come from a place of perceived superiority, empathy is the ability to understand and share the other person’s feelings and perspectives, to figuratively “walk in someone else’s shoes”. 

6 Tips for Practicing Empathy

  1. TRULY LISTEN
  2. BE CURIOUS
  3. BE VULNERABLE
  4. CHALLENGE PREJUDICES
  5. TAKE A WALK IN ANOTHER (WO)MAN’S SHOES
  6. CHOOSE THE OTHER SIDE
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How to Teach Your Kids Empathy - Dr. Psych Mom

How to Teach Your Kids Empathy - Dr. Psych Mom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Ways to teach empathy to even very small children.


1. Teach them about emotions.

2. Read and watch TV together.

3. After conflicts, discuss what everyone was feeling.

4. Let them see you resolve conflicts in your own life.

5. Speak for people/creatures who can’t speak.


Samantha Rodman 

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Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Britta Hölzel is not your typical yoga teacher. Or your typical Ph.D. neuroscientist.


In recent years, during fellowships at Harvard Medical School and elsewhere, Hölzel has co-authored a range of studies focused on the intersection of two great passions of her life, how meditation and yoga affect the brain.



Most notably, in 2011, she and her colleagues found that people “who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.”

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A Parent's Wish for Empathy

A Parent's Wish for Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I’d like to focus on this last point, because it turns out that this lack of perspective-taking – this lack of empathy – is the key to unraveling parent-child tension.


In the cool light of self-reflection, I can now look back at the exchange and realize that my sense of righteous anger was blocking me from advancing the conversation.

When I increase empathy and relook at the situation with compassion, I see a different story.  Perhaps he was afraid, too.  Perhaps he felt powerless, too.  Perhaps he’s learned the exact same pattern I’ve modeled: When you’re afraid, attack.  Perhaps our power struggle was simply two people afraid to honestly share their fears.


By Joshua Freedman

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War on campus

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by Ken Stern and Cary Nelson

We sympathize with the students who say they are being forced to “choose sides,” when they insist they want to be both pro-Israel AND pro-Palestinian, but there is little space for them on campus. These students have a capacity for empathy. ..


Zealots on both sides dismiss empathy, because each says the other doesn’t deserve it. South African Apartheid leaders were human too, and no responsible person should express empathy for them, so how can one have empathy for similar folk today—those who are seen as responsible for Palestinian or Jewish suffering?

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Romney Has An Empathy Problem, But So Do Most Republicans

Romney Has An Empathy Problem, But So Do Most Republicans | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 But getting rid of Romney won’t get rid of the GOP’s empathy problem, and it’s not even clear how much of a problem it is.


Democrats may own empathy, but Republicans consistently score better on taxes and the federal deficit.


By HARRY ENTEN

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8 Ways Empathy Can Improve Your Travels…And Your Life

8 Ways Empathy Can Improve Your Travels…And Your Life | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
On your next trip, don’t forget to pack your empathy.


The practice of empathy — and yes, it’s a practice — is about open-ness, creating an opening in one’s self to another. Empathy requires suspending your judgment of others and leaving your assumptions, stereotypes and fears at the door...


Sold on the concept of empathy? Now onto how practicing empathy can enhance your travel experiences.


1) Opens Others...
2) Allows New Experiences to Stream In...
3) Expands Our Range of Understanding...
4) Builds Trust to Yield Greater Authenticity...
5) Assists Immersion and Creativity...
6) Aids Conflict Resolution...
7) Fosters Good, Pleasurable and Positive Feeling...
8) Aids Understanding Others’ Needs So You Can Effectively Contribute...


by Daniel Noll 

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Social stress a barrier to empathy between strangers: Study

Social stress a barrier to empathy between strangers: Study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Feeling stressed in the presence of strangers curbs the ability to express empathy – the capacity to share and feel another individual’s emotions – in animals and humans alike, says a study.

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Our selective empathy leaves many massacres invisible

Our selective empathy leaves many massacres invisible | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
From Boko Haram to Raif Badawi to Charlie Hebdo, the media influences how much we care


As massive support rallies took place around the world, and an overwhelming number of people replaced their social media profile pictures with the eponymous Je suis Charlieimage, many of us struggled to understand why the Western world cares so much when an attack strikes Paris, or New York City, yet we seem unable to muster up the same grief and outrage when horror strikes in other parts of the world...


A condition common among individuals that work directly with trauma victims such as nurses, psychologists, and first responders, sufferers of compassion fatigue exhibit hopelessness, cynicism, a constant negative attitude, and eventually a lessened ability to feel empathy.

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EMPATHY: A True Leader Skill

EMPATHY: A True Leader Skill | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Lieutenant Colonel Harry C. Garner, U.S. Army, Retired


The article discusses empathy and why it is an important leadership characteristic that builds relationships of trust between superiors and subordinates, in the military and elsewhere. Relevant concepts in personal and professional development from writers such as

  • Robert Goffee 
  • Gareth R. Mitchell,
  • Matt Broaddus, 
  • Steven Covey are discussed.


 A True Leader Skill
http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/cgsc/repository/dcl_GarnerArticle.pdf 
To lead successfully, a person must demonstrate two active, essential, interrelated traits: expertise and empathy. In my experience, both of these traits can be deliberately and systematically cultivated; this personal development is the first important building block of leadership. —William G. Pagonis, Leadership in a Combat Zone

IN HIS CLASSIC 1991 Harvard Business Review article, “Leadership in a Combat Zone,” Lieutenant General Gus Pagonis outlines a path to effective leadership by focusing on the development of two fundamental leadership traits: expertise and empathy. There is little disagreement among military professionals that leaders must be proficient at systems management. But what about empathy? How did empathy, a word that conjures preconceptions of excessive sensitivity and interpersonal emotional connectivity, become a building block of leadership?

image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership


KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM ARTICLE - COL FRED TAN

http://j.mp/1zA3du4

Related to Servant Leadership is the subject of Empathy - the capacity to recognise emotions that are being experienced by others. This month, I would like to share an article by LTC (Ret) Harry C. Garner titled, “Empathy – A True Leader Skill”. In the article, LTC (Ret) Garner shared that leaders who harness the power of real empathy will foster better communications, tighter cohesion, stronger discipline, and greater morale in their units.




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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts....


The writer George Monbiot has called this "the age of loneliness."  We have created human societies where it is easier for people to become cut off from all human connections than ever before. Bruce Alexander -- the creator of Rat Park -- told me that for too long, we have talked exclusively about individual recovery from addiction. We need now to talk about social recovery -- how we all recover, together, from the sickness of isolation that is sinking on us like a thick fog.

But this new evidence isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts. 


Johann Hari

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Creating one empathetic CEO at a time - | IOL.co.za

Creating one empathetic CEO at a time - | IOL.co.za | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 It took us a while, but, in time, the reality dawned – we were looking at the power of empathy.

What is it about empathy that works? And why is the simulation process different in impact from, say, a documentary or a discussion group in producing empathy? The old adage probably says it best: “I can’t understand a man until I walk a mile in his shoes.”


Experts say sympathy, while of value, can keep people at arm’s length. Empathy, on the other hand, allows them to see another’s world view and, more importantly, feel something of it.


Does empathy ultimately lead to action? For us, that question has been a critical piece in this journey.

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Are Emotions As Contagious As The Common Cold? [VIDEO]

Are Emotions As Contagious As The Common Cold? [VIDEO] | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The mirror neurons theory may hold the key as to why we smile when other people smile.


In BrainCraft’s latest video, “Are Your Emotions Contagious?” writer and host Vanessa Hill suggests we tend to subconsciously catch each other’s feelings through a mirror neurons system that reflects behavior.


The mirror neurons theory suggests neurons might be involved in feelings of empathy, while others think these brain cells play critical roles in human abilities like speech.


A 1992 studypublished in the journal Experimental Brain Research found certain groups of neurons in the brains of macaque monkeys fired not only when a monkey performed an action, such as grabbing an apple out of a box, but also when the monkey watched someone else performing that action. This brain activity was seen even when the monkey heard someone performing the action in another room.


 Lizette Borreli 

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8 Ways To Stop Your Child From Becoming A Bully

8 Ways To Stop Your Child From Becoming A Bully | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

1. Your child needs to be aware of others' inner experiences.
It needs to become second nature to him to think about others and their feelings almost as quickly as he thinks of his own. Many parents validate one child's perspective, but fail to discuss their own feelings or feelings of another child. Just validating your own child's feelings does not teach him that there are other people in the world whose feelings matter. Example of validating your child:
"I see you felt really angry right there when John took your ball."


Example of teaching empathy:
"I see you felt really angry right there when John took your ball. He looked angry too. I think he thought you were going to play with him, but then you ended up playing alone."


Samantha Rodman PhD 

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How Mindful Children React Differently to Challenges (Illustrated)

How Mindful Children React Differently to Challenges (Illustrated) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
One thing I know from my work is that mindful children react differently to challenges. To show you exactly what I mean, I've created a few illustrations....
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IT Stress: Management, Empathy, And The Kindness Of Strangers

IT Stress: Management, Empathy, And The Kindness Of Strangers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Stress makes us more likely to forget how the other guy feels, which is not good for the modern IT department.


In other words, have a little empathy for your team.Make them happy when you need them happy the most, and they'll put their best foot forward when you need them cooperating the most. What do you think? Is empathy an important part of your management tool belt? How do you de-stress your IT team? Do you think your team could use a little more empathy for the strangers inside and outside of your company? 


David Wagner

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Ratchet Reality TV Decreases Empathy, Increases Aggression Towards Black Women

Ratchet Reality TV Decreases Empathy, Increases Aggression Towards Black Women | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

She told Martin today, TruthInReality will discuss the “Intersectionality of media representation, historical stereotypes, misogyny and how that ties in to the normalization of relational aggression among women, between men and women and how it ultimately violent images a women particularly on reality television decrease empathy for women and increases male aggression towards women.”

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