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Leaders Need To Realise That There Is More To Empathy Than Saying That You Care

Leaders Need To Realise That There Is More To Empathy Than Saying That You Care | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Ed Miliband, leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, is certainly attracting a lot of attention (for example, here and here) over his recently-announced attempt to present himself as a different sort of political leader.


As a man who is not renowned for his admiration of business, he might not appreciate this, but in his attempt to present himself as having empathy with voters he is following a trend growing popular with his counterparts in the corporate world.


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Indeed, it could be that Miliband himself does not truly understand the notion of empathy. As Christine M. Riordan, professor of management at the University of Kentucky, wrote in a Harvard Business Review blog earlier this year, listening is a key aspect of empathy.

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How to spot someone of Extraordinary Empathy- Thom Hartmann

How to spot someone of Extraordinary Empathy- Thom Hartmann | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Everybody is empathetic, some are excessively so. Here a few signs which are very attributable to an EE. If someone is awkward in normal situations or normal in what’s usually a very awkward moment.


A person who never jokes on another person who’s in their presence, this is completely pointless to an EE just as stabbing yourself with a fork is. An EE will not laugh out loud at someone being picked on. S -  

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Empathy: A Key Skill for Effective Leadership

Empathy: A Key Skill for Effective Leadership | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is a key skill for effective leadership. Learn how to apply empathy in the workplace here.


The purpose of practicing empathy is like going to a driving range. Practicing your golf swing helps you to drive more naturally when you are in the game.


Empathy is not an easy skill for many. Learning how to use it in a low threat environment like coaching can make all the difference.


When you walk in another’s shoes first, it may seem uncomfortable, like you are losing control. However, you will discover that taking the time to empathize without scripting what you will say next will lead you and the employee to new levels of understanding and growth.

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Empathy, democracy and the economy | openDemocracy

Empathy, democracy and the economy | openDemocracy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by  EDGAR CAHN 

The political system rests on an economy that concentrates wealth and power. It’s a gloomy picture, for sure, but what does it have to do with the subject of empathy?


The answer is that democracy is lost unless we re-structure our economies, and re-structuring our economies requires a new operating system based on different values. That’s what empathy provides, not in its “thin” form as a vague appreciation of peoples’ feelings, but in its “thick” form that commits everyone to foster the wellbeing of others, and do no harm...


If empathy is the ability to understand the perspectives of others and use that understanding to guide one’s actions, then it’s safe to conclude that our current economies inculcate the opposite.


What would change if the economy
was re-structured with empathy
at the center? 


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The Empathy Gap

The Empathy Gap | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What neuroscience adds and takes away


The powerful don’t empathize with those less powerful, according to new research reported in The New York Times. The reason offered is that, “when people experience power, their brains fundamentally change how sensitive they are to the actions of others.” 


This is a nice example of how cognitive neuro-scientists, focusing entirely on “objective” evidence, in this case the activity of “mirror neurons,” miss out on the common sense meaning of human behavior. An earlier explanation of this well-known effect, offered by Susan Fiske, a psychologist at Princeton, is


 that “powerful people don’t attend well to others around them because they don’t need them in order to access important resources.” They “already have plentiful access to those.”



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Compassionate Conservatism: Still Dead

Compassionate Conservatism: Still Dead | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Are new Republican policies really a return to "compassionate conservatism"? No -- and that's a good thing.


Compassionate conservatism is back. That's how Peter Beinart, a contributing editor at the Atlantic, reads a number of recent developments in Republican politics, the most recent being Representative Paul Ryan's announcement of new anti-poverty proposals.


Beinart is skeptical that this revival of an old campaign theme will work. I'm skeptical that the revival is even taking place.


Beinart argues that compassionate conservatism -- the idea that conservative principles can be applied to alleviate persistent social problems such as poverty -- never did much to win elections for Republicans. 


By Ramesh Ponnuru

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About the campaign | The Empathy Era

About the campaign | The Empathy Era | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Only a third of successful performance at work is due to technical skill, while two thirds is due to emotional competence and empathy skills.

 

Empathy is a natural social resource that has been left untapped by an outdated corporate model of stats and number-crunching forecasts. The corporate world is an ‘empathic wasteland’  in need of rehabilitation. Women’s skills and intuition are key to unleashing empathy’s potential to transform corporate culture.


Over the last six months, Lady Geek has been speaking to a range of the most empathic people in the world – from buddhist monks to hostage negociators and FTSE 100 CEOs. Operating profit is 56 percent higher in companies with women on corporate boards according to McKinsey. Society, is urging its favourite brands and companies to enter into an emotional relationship with both their customers and the world at large.


This campaign aims to provide the tools and insight to guide companies through the empathy revolution.


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The Empathy Era: Women, Business and the New Pathway to Profit: Belinda Parmar

The Empathy Era: Women, Business and the New Pathway to Profit [Belinda Parmar] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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Ed Miliband - Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition: Lack of empathy, understanding of what people were facing and feeling,

Ed Miliband - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edward Samuel "Ed" Miliband (born 24 December 1969) is a British Labour Party politician, currently the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Doncaster North since 2005 and served in the Cabinet from 2007 to 2010 under Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Mentions empathy in his speech. http://j.mp/UGCuZZ


And with the decency and empathy to reach out to people from all backgrounds, all walks of life...


If ideas are the most underrated commodity in politics, decency and empathy are the most underrated virtues. My true test of leadership is not just whether you look the part but whether you can retain your soul...


Lack of empathy, understanding of what people were facing and feeling, was part of the problem. 


Of course, people want leaders who can make tough decisions. But I believe tough decisions don't mean we have to leave our empathy and decency at the door...

Big ideas, principles, decency and empathy - that's how I judge leadership, that's the leadership I aspire to. More and more people are turning away from politics. And I can understand why...


And let's show that we believe decency and empathy are crucial values not just for our communities but for our country. And let's do so knowing something else:...

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Becoming Empathetic through Sociology

Becoming Empathetic through Sociology | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Posted by Stephanie Medley-Rath

Learning sociology helps us to further develop our ability to empathize. In this post, Stephanie Medley-Rath explains how learning about gangs beyond statistics can help us to develop our own sense of empathy.

One skill that students of sociology should develop and refine through their training is the ability to empathize.

What is empathy? There are two types of empathy: affective empathy and cognitive empathy. Cognitive empathy most closely aligns with the sociological imagination. Cognitive empathy

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The Power Of Empathy

The Power Of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The basic requirement for Empathy is to identify the Common Ground. Once the common ground is established, it gives the person an opportunity to walk in the other person’s shoes.


Stephen R. Covey states “Nothing is more validating and affirming than feeling understood. And the moment a person begins feeling understood, that person becomes far more open to influence and change. Empathy is to the heart what air is to the body.


We should never make assumptions and must have the courage to ask questions to understand from the other person’s perspective.


Here are some powerful quotes from various people that emphasize the Importance and the Power of Empathy.

  • A prerequisite to empathy is simply paying attention to the person in pain. – Daniel Goleman
  • Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place. – Daniel H. Pink
  • When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems. – Stephen Covey
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image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear 

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The Empathy Way: #1 Why Empathy? Anne Paris

For teachers and parents, and anyone who wants to improve their relationships. Anne Paris, PhD explains why empathy is important in your classroom .


The Empathy Way: #1 Why Empathy?

The Empathy Way: #2 Nuts and bolts of empathy

The Empathy Way: #3 When empathy is hard

The Empathy Way: #4 Tips for Creating Empathic Connections

The Empathy Way: #5 Setting limits and dealing with bad behavior


Culture of Empathy Builder Anne Paris
http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/others/Anne-Paris.htm

 

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The Conspiracy of Empathy: Why Some Organizations Thrive When Others Don't

The Conspiracy of Empathy: Why Some Organizations Thrive When Others Don't | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

So how do we create this culture of understanding without defensiveness? We create the best experience for everyone involved by harnessing the imagination of every person engaged in the process.


Empathy in a leader has a far-reaching impact on a company. Empathy as a corporate value lived out, well that is a company that can change the world.


Jayson Boyers 

Vice President, Continuing Professional Studies for Champlain College


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Amazing Design Through Empathy

Amazing Design Through Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What can web designers learn from design of a timepiece for the blind?  


The difference between a good product and
an amazing one boils down to one thing:
Empathy.


Developing an understanding of your users that is so deep that you can feel what they feel enables you to design products and experiences that will truly resonate with your users.


Drupal Capital Camp & Gov’t Days

Wednesday, July 30 from 11:15AM – Noon in room F1/F2

Design4Drupal Boston 2014

Saturday, August 2 from 3:30 – 4:30pm in room 141

 

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Empathy is Progressive - Tom Hartmann

Empathy is Progressive - Tom Hartmann | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is an ability to relate to the emotions of others. Humans have a tendency to mimic the emotions of those around them. In other words, as your feelings go, my feelings go; if you feel sad, I feel sad; if you feel happy, I feel happy if you feel angry, I feel angry; if you feel love, I feel love; if you feel compassion, I feel compassion.


Empathy is an ability to relate to the emotions of others. Humans have a tendency to mimic the emotions of those around them. In other words, as your feelings go, my feelings go; if you feel sad, I feel sad; if you feel happy, I feel happy if you feel angry, I feel angry;; if you feel love, I feel love; if you feel compassion, I feel compasson. Being empathetic makes us emotionally sensitive and sympathetic to the world around us.


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This is the future that I envision for politics -- an empathetic political system a for the United States and spreading across the world at long last. 
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Apple’s Genius Training Manual: All About Empathy

Apple trains its Genius sales personnel to connect with customers; empathize with their problems, but never sympathize; and to avoid any negative language.
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Man In The Mirror: How Empathy Creates Insight

Man In The Mirror: How Empathy Creates Insight | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by  Bill Cloke
So how do we know when we are being empathic? One way is to check it out. Asking for acknowledgement is one way to know what someone is feeling...


 How can we define empathy? Heinz Kohut, one of the fathers of modern psychology describes it best when he defines empathy as "vicarious introspection." Kohut describes empathy as an intellectual process and is distinguished from compassion and sympathy by our ability to determine what the other is about without the aid of emotion. He uses the example of how Hitler understood empathy when he placed sirens on his dive bombers because he knew what it would do to the people on the ground. As his troops came into town the people were so scared they immediately surrendered because he had already won the psychological battle.


It was Kohut who postulated that all psychological difficulties begin with empathic failures.

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Empathetic Donor-Doer Engagement (SSIR)

Empathetic Donor-Doer Engagement (SSIR) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A seven-part framework for increasing empathy between foundations and grantees.


Through our partnership over the last three years, we’ve learned as much about how to work together as we have about tackling development challenges. Donor-grantee relationships are sometimes fraught with power imbalances and mutual mistrust—a dynamic that creates process stalemate.


We are convinced that the best way to navigate these partnerships and deliver maximum impact is to anchor the relationship in empathy.


After getting through security and catching up on our most recent collaboration event, I promised her that report, and we boarded separate flights.


At a local primary school I was visiting later that day, I came across a definition of empathy handwritten on a dimly lit blackboard. Around these powerful words, the two of us came up with the following seven tips for building more empathetic donor-doer engagement.


By Simon Stumpf & Ash Rogers

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5 Ways to Instill Compassion in Your Children

5 Ways to Instill Compassion in Your Children | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Raising compassionate children is no small feat these days. Because of the egocentrism of children's early years combined with the increasingly prevalent messages of selfishness, narcissism and indifference that popular culture communicates to them, children are not likely to readily learn compassion on their own.


This means that you have to make an extra effort to instill this essential value in your children's lives.


Your children's ability to care about others must be nurtured by you in their early years and woven into the very fabric of your family's life. The wonderful thing about compassion is that there are so many conduits through which you can communicate its messages that can impact your children. When you immerse your children in a sea of messages of compassion, they are all but assured of getting the messages loud and clear.


  • Live a Compassionate Life...
  • Surround Yourself With Compassionate People...
  • Talk to Your Children About Compassion...
  • Explore Compassion...
  • Engage Your Children in Compassionate Activities...
  • Who Compassionate Children Become..

by Jim Taylor


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We don't really understand empathy, but we know business could do with a little more

We don't really understand empathy, but we know business could do with a little more | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Our understanding of empathy is pretty limited, but many figures are calling for change. Corporate culture is beginning to recognise the need to put yourself in someone else's shoes.


Business buzzwords are changing. Pervasive gibberish like “mission-critical optimisation” and “blue-skies thinking” is in decline; instead we’re witnessing the rise – sorry, “phase-in” – of terms like social innovation and sustainability. Corporations now want to show you not just that they care, but that they really care.


Empathy is the latest addition to the
management dictionary.


There’s a huge profit motive galvanising this change. Belinda Parmar, author of The Empathy Era, thinks we’re on the cusp of a corporate revolution. “Empathy is the key to profit,” she says. “It is a natural social resource that has, for years, been left untapped by an outdated corporate model, hampered and trussed up by its systemising protocol. The corporate world is in need of rehabilitation. It needs to redress its empathy deficit.


BY AJIT NIRANJAN 

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Stéphane RENAUD's curator insight, July 29, 9:40 AM

Empathy is the ability to see the world as another person, to understand another person’s feelings, needs, concerns and/or emotional state.'
It's not mandatory to share the same point of view, but it's crucial to see the point of view from ‘being in your shoes’.

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Ed Miliband’s ‘politics of empathy’ means nothing without effective policies

Ed Miliband’s ‘politics of empathy’ means nothing without effective policies | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Laudable as it may seem that Ed Miliband is taking empathy lessons from some very learned academics, it’s not guaranteed to make him a better politician – or win him any votes, writes Julian Baggini


Spin doctors are out; bona fide professors are in. Or at least that’s how Ed Miliband’s office has spun his interest in the “politics of empathy”, which has led him to call on the services of one of the world’s leading researchers on autism, Simon Baron-Cohen.


In his book Zero Degrees of Empathy, Baron-Cohen describes empathy as a “universal solvent”, claiming that “any problem immersed in it becomes soluble”, including “political deadlocks”. He is not the only one to advocate the political importance of empathy. The American philosopher Martha C Nussbaum included it in her book Political Emotions, arguing that “the ability to imagine the situation of others, taking the other’s perspective” was required in politics to create “stable structures of concern”


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Miliband appears to be less concerned with promoting empathy as showing his own.
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Sacha Baron Cohen’s cousin called in to advise Miliband on empathy |

Sacha Baron Cohen’s cousin called in to advise Miliband on empathy | | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It’s reported that Ed Miliband is consulting a leading expert on autism to help him further understand the politics of empathy.


The expert in question is Simon Baron-Cohen who is a Professor ofPsychopathology at the University of Cambridge and is also the cousin of Sacha Baron Cohen (the creator of Ali G). Alongside his extensive research, one of the books that Baron-Cohen has written examines how concern for others manifests itself in the brain, and   argues that the ability to empathise is a fundamental requirement to be a successful political leader.


“His office contacted me this time last summer. They asked me if I’d meet him because Ed had read my book. He invited me to talk to him about the politics of empathy.


This shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially after Miliband’s speech on Friday where he used the word empathy six times and explained that he thought  “decency and empathy are the most underrated virtues” in politics.

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Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows - Association for Psychological Science

Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows - Association for Psychological Science | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Until now, little was scientifically known about the human potential to cultivate compassion — the emotional state of caring for people who are suffering in a way that motivates altruistic behavior.


A new study by researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate. The report, published Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, investigates whether training adults in compassion can result in greater altruistic behavior and related changes in neural systems underlying compassion.


“Our fundamental question was,
‘Can compassion be trained and learned in adults? Can we become more caring if we practice that mindset?’”


says Helen Weng, lead author of the study and a graduate student in clinical psychology. “Our evidence points to yes.”

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Moral Identity, Empathy And Justice: Why Some People Donate More To Charity

“Our research examines how moral values of empathy and justice have distinct influences on people when they are asked to make donations benefiting others whose choices have led them to an unfortunate place in life,”

write authors Saerom Lee (University of Texas at San Antonio), Karen Page Winterich (Pennsylvania State University), and William T. Ross Jr. (University of Connecticut). 

“Our results can help non-profits be more cautious when describing the causes and beneficiaries they are supporting. Donation appeals should specify or imply low responsibility of the charity recipients or, alternatively, seek to elicit empathy to increase donations,” the authors conclude.


“Rather than appealing to a broader spectrum of moral values, messages should focus on the moral values of empathy and benevolence.” 

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ANVC (Almost Nonviolent Communication) Cartoons

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