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The Rise of the Compassionate Leader: Should You Be Cruel to Be Kind?

The Rise of the Compassionate Leader: Should You Be Cruel to Be Kind? | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

There's a powerful link between productivity and what has been identified as "compassionate leadership" in organisations, observes Christina Boedker, a lecturer in accounting at the Australian School of Business and leader of a major business research study that looks at the links between leadership and organisational performance.

 

 The single greatest influence on profitability and productivity within an organisation, according to the research project – which to date has taken in data from more than 5600 people in 77 organisations – is the ability of leaders to spend more time and effort developing and recognising their people, welcoming feedback, including criticism, and fostering co-operation among staff.

 

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Empathy - A Critical Element Of An Engaged Workplace

Empathy - A Critical Element Of An Engaged Workplace | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

Have you taken the time to assess the level of empathy in your organization? Perhaps you are struggling to understand exactly what it means to be empathetic, or maybe you assume empathy is for the weak?

 

All the vagueness or misconceptions surrounding the importance of empathy should be clarified in order to truly see how your organization can benefit.


In this 30 minute Webcast Replay you will learn:

  • What empathy is and what it isn’t
  • A 5 point scale for assessing your own empathy level
  • What happens when managers lack empathy
  • Why this is an issue for organizations right now
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Increasing Customer Empathy from Day One | UX Booth

Increasing Customer Empathy from Day One | UX Booth | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
In response to this issue, the HR, customer service, and UX teams have developed some additions to an already comprehensive program to help new hires understand Shopify from the perspective of the user.

 

The approach to increasing customer empathy is continually evolving as the company does. Right now, it is composed of three stages.

1. Who are our customers and what do they want?
Most commercial companies exist because they solve a problem for a user...

 

Lynsey Thornton

 

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These Are The Most Empathetic Companies In The World

These Are The Most Empathetic Companies In The World | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

Corporate empathy. It’s tough to imagine two words that could relate to each other less, yet Belinda Parmar, CEO of the U.K.-based consultancy Lady Geek, insists that it’s not an oxymoron. Rather, Parmar writes in Harvard Business Review, not only can large consumer-facing organizations be empathetic, but it "is a hard skill that should be required from the boardroom to the shop floor."

Empathy—the ability to have a cognitive and emotional understanding of others’ experiences—has long been relegated to the domain of less tangible tools that are as difficult to define as they are to quantify. Parmar contends that not only can empathy be measured, but a company’s empathy quotient can be used to reveal strengths and weaknesses, as well as where they stand among competitors.

 

LYDIA DISHMAN

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The Business Value of Customer Empathy

The Business Value of Customer Empathy | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

Posted by steve.perry

 

WDHB requested that we speak to ThyssenKrupp on the subjects of customer-centricity and customer empathy, and that we craft a customer empathy workshop exercise. 

Leveraging empathy, design, and technology to improve customer experiences are concepts we have advocated for many years at Macquarium, and we happily offered to:

Explain the Value of Customer Empathy

  • Illustrate Key Techniques for Gaining Customer Empathy 
  • Immerse ThyssenKrupp Executives in an Empathy-Generating Exercise
  • Show How Empathy-based Techniques Are Applied in Practice

 

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(Empathic leadership) Why Empathy Makes for Stronger Organisations

(Empathic leadership) Why Empathy Makes for Stronger Organisations | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

Empathetic leaders

Like this CEO, there are many (often successful) people in organisations who are direly lacking in empathy. Some executives are quite narcissistic. Self-centered as they are, they may find it difficult to put themselves in other people’s shoes. Other executives may have sociopathic traits. They project an air of sincerity, but in reality they feel nothing, and are fine with that. Some people even turn empathy into a destructive force, using their keen sense of a person’s emotional state to manipulate or destabilize him or her. Many more people, like the CEO, are wary of the chaos that might ensue if “personal feelings” were acknowledged. But behaving in these ways in our increasingly network-oriented society comes with a steep price.

Empathic executives are better at managing relationships. They establish safe environments in which people can express hopes and fears. Because it is “contagious,” empathy contributes to better negotiation, collaboration, and conflict resolution.

 

Empathy plays an important role in effective team formation. When the expression of empathy is part of a company’s culture, its stress level will be lower. All of these advantages lead to a more committed workforce with a greater motivation to perform beyond expectations.

 

 Manfred Kets de Vries, INSEAD Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development & Organisational Change 

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How to Exercise Your Empathy Muscle at Work: Empathy is hailed as a corporate cure-all. But what is it and how do you build it?

How to Exercise Your Empathy Muscle at Work: Empathy is hailed as a corporate cure-all. But what is it and how do you build it? | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

It’s tempting to dismiss empathy as the latest corporate buzzword…until you look at the numbers.

 

Last year, the top 10 companies in the Global Empathy Index—blue-chip firms like Facebook, Disney and Apple—increased in value more than twice as much as the bottom 10 and generated 50 percent more earnings. The connection seems clear: Caring in business is good for the bottom line.

 

But what does it really mean to be empathetic in business? And, more importantly, how do you cultivate the kind of genuine empathy that gives you a business edge. Here’s my perspective from the front lines of a growing company.

 

What is customer empathy, anyway?


By Caren Maio 

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Oprah Winfrey Quote: “Leadership is about empathy.”

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Oprah Winfrey Quote: 

Leadership is about empathy.

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(Empathic Leadership) Why The Empathetic Leader Is the Best Leader 

(Empathic Leadership) Why The Empathetic Leader Is the Best Leader  | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
At the core leadership is ultimately about others. It means inspiring them to take actions beyond their capabilities, leading them in a direction that is compelling and inspiring. And empathy is the foundation of those actions.


Here are six simple ways that empathy can make you into the best leader you can be:


1. Empathy creates bonds...

2. Empathy gives insight....

3. Empathy teaches presence:..

4. Empathy guides understanding:...

5. Empathy sharpens people skills...

6. Empathy cultivates better communicator...

 

- Lolly Daskal | Leadership

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(Empathic Design) Morten Rand-Hendriksen: Empathy and Acceptance in Design and Community

Working on and with the web is engaging in that most human of endeavors: Communication. Even so, it’s easy to forget that the people we interact with and those who access and interact with our creations are just that: People. Learn how to make empathy and acceptance driving forces for your interactions and designs to build great informational experiences for everyone.
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(Empathy @Work) Use Empathy to Revolutionize Your Workplace

(Empathy @Work) Use Empathy to Revolutionize Your Workplace | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

We found that the lost element – and key to an engaged, happy workforce – is empathy. And so, Businessolver spent the last year studying how empathy – or lack thereof – affects businesses. The end result is our hallmark research, the Businessolver Workplace Empathy Monitor, which we were excited to unveil yesterday at our Vision 20/16 Chicago user conference.  

Surveying more than 1,000 leaders, HR professionals, and employees, the Workplace Empathy Monitor gets to the bottom of why empathy matters in the workplace. Just a snapshot of key findings affirms our belief that change is needed:  

Only 24 percent of Americans believe that organizations are empathetic versus 60 percent of CEOs.  
31 percent of employees believe profit is all that matters to their organization, and that their organization doesn’t care about employees. 
1 in 3 employees would switch companies, for equal pay, if the other company was more empathetic. 

 

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(Empathic Leadership) Sensitive People Aren't Weak, They're Actually Natural-Born Leaders

(Empathic Leadership) Sensitive People Aren't Weak, They're Actually Natural-Born Leaders | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

You can’t lead without empathy. Think about the worst bosses you’ve ever had. Chances are they were egotistical, terrible at listening and deeply insecure.

They likely never exhibited compassion for others and were completely self-absorbed. Consequently, they made you miserable and worse at your job.

Ernest Hemingway once stated:
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
Great leaders are great listeners. They listen with empathy, sincerely attempting to put themselves in the other person’s shoes.


Concurrently, they build trust, alleviate discontentment and help catalyze solutions to various problems and grievances.

 

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(Empathic Leadership) Empathy in leadership: why it really matters: Empathy in leadership helps you deal with the rain

(Empathic Leadership) Empathy in leadership: why it really matters: Empathy in leadership helps you deal with the rain | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

Empathy in leadership is one of the most important factors influencing workplaces today. A lack of empathy in leadership can have dramatic consequences for staff and teams, leading to behaviour that makes the workplace unpleasant.

Given that one of the most common reasons people leave their jobs is because of their bosses, it stands to reason that a lack of empathy in leadership may be behind many of these resignations.

Why empathy in leadership matters?...

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Customer Service Incompetence: Empathy Only For Tears 

Customer Service Incompetence: Empathy Only For Tears  | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

People Withhold Empathy Until They See Tears Because …

  • They are not listening to customer’s words and tone of voice. They are too busy reading from a script and stating procedures.
  • They feel overwhelmed by current work conditions. Instead of focusing on customer’s stress, they are focusing on their own.
  • Leadership has told them to enforce procedures. Leadership has failed to say that procedures are a guide not a big bat.
  • They don’t like themselves or their jobs. They are thinking of the customer as someone who makes their lives difficult.
  • They have low intuition and/or low emotional intelligence. It’s not until the customer becomes very upset that they see the human need.
  • Leadership has not trained staff in how to develop and show empathy. 

 

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(Empathic Leadership) Want To Be A Leader? Start With Empathy

(Empathic Leadership) Want To Be A Leader? Start With Empathy | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

A study released earlier this summer found that 60 percent of CEOs viewed their organizations as empathetic. At the same time, only 25 percent of employees viewed their employers as empathetic. This is a wide disconnect between management and employees.


Businessolver's Workplace Empathy Monitor found that nearly a third of employees believe employers care primarily about profits and less about them. "Businessolver Data Reveals Only One-in-Four Employees View the Workplace as Empathetic," www.prnewswire.com (Jun. 29, 2016.)


The same report identifies behaviors associated with positive workplace empathy:

  • Treating employees well
  • Listening to customer needs and feedback
  • Maintaining ethical business practices
  • Caring about employees' mental and physical health

 

The Workplace Empathy Monitor report also revealed that almost half of employees polled said they were willing to work longer hours for an employer that shows empathy.

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Empathy is the secret to hospitality customer service - and sales

Empathy is the secret to hospitality customer service - and sales | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Staff empathy helps create an enjoyable guest experience and motivates them to write a positive review -­ both of which affect revenue.

When we think about customer service, our thoughts go first to handling complaints, but much more is involved. All interaction with a guest is, in reality, ‘serving the customer’. It includes anything from booking a meal in the hotel restaurant to offering advice on where to shop locally.

The difference between a guest’s perception of service as perfunctory or as excellent hinges on the attitude of the staff. Exceptional service is provided by those who don’t only attend to the request or complaint, but who also empathize with the guest.
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Empathy training course helping YMCA executive director relate better to employees - Toshiba

Empathy training course helping YMCA executive director relate better to employees - Toshiba | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

But in April, Gibson, executive director of three Pittsburgh YMCAs, took a five-hour crash course on leading with empathy. He says it turned him from a no-nonsense manager into an understanding, caring leader.

And as a result of the training, the 48-year-old said the programs he runs are on pace for record membership. He relates better to his employees, which has made them more productive.

"My whole demeanor has changed," he said. "It's made me a better man."About 20 percent of employers in the United States offer empathy training for managers, a jump from 10 years ago, reports the Wall Street Journal. LinkedIn, Tesla Motors, Cisco Systems Inc. and Ford Motor Co. are among the growing number of firms to have invested in empathy training.

 

BY MATTHEW GUTIERREZ

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The empathic enterprise: What are your balance points?

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Toward the empathic enterprise—the digital humanist manifesto

In the second half of the book, Brown focuses on developing a framework for becoming an empathic enterprise. Do not expect a blueprint. In leadership development fashion, Brown asks a series of questions designed to help managers develop the blend of digital humanism:

  • How do managers need to start thinking about this challenge?
  •  Where do you start?
  • What questions do you need to ask your people? … yourself?
  • How will you know if works?
  • How will measure the impact?
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(Empathic Leadership) Forbes: 6 Powerful Traits Of People Who Inspire Others To Become Their Best 

(Empathic Leadership) Forbes: 6 Powerful Traits Of People Who Inspire Others To Become Their Best  | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Millions of people want to make a big difference, but can they? Here are 6 critical traits of those who inspire others.

 

They have deep empathy for others

In my former work as a therapist and now as a coach, I’ve seen that millions of people around the globe have suffered at the hands of narcissists, or from mentally disordered or morally-corrupt individuals — either in their families, upbringing, or in their professional lives.

 

In my view, the most crushing aspect of narcissistic behavior is the total lack of empathy.

 

It’s very scary (and damaging) to be in relationship with someone who is totally incapable of empathy, because they’ll do anything to you and against you without remorse. They simply cannot put themselves in your shoes or understand or accept what you feel.

 

On the flip side, those who inspire us to be better are fully capable of experiencing empathy, and they openly express their ability to understand our personal “stories” and who we really are and what we feel, deep down.  

 

 Kathy Caprino

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How to Exercise Your Empathy Muscle at Work: Empathy is hailed as a corporate cure-all. But what is it and how do you build it?

How to Exercise Your Empathy Muscle at Work: Empathy is hailed as a corporate cure-all. But what is it and how do you build it? | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

It’s tempting to dismiss empathy as the latest corporate buzzword…until you look at the numbers.

 

Last year, the top 10 companies in the Global Empathy Index—blue-chip firms like Facebook, Disney and Apple—increased in value more than twice as much as the bottom 10 and generated 50 percent more earnings. The connection seems clear: Caring in business is good for the bottom line.

 

But what does it really mean to be empathetic in business? And, more importantly, how do you cultivate the kind of genuine empathy that gives you a business edge. Here’s my perspective from the front lines of a growing company.

 

What is customer empathy, anyway?


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Why Empathy is Important in the Workplace - Craig Dowden, PhD at Imagine Your Workplace Conference 

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(Empathy @Work) The Empathic Enterprise

(Empathy @Work) The Empathic Enterprise | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

For many enterprises today, technology is quietly sabotaging the social compact that underpins internal and external success.

 

Technological innovation and relentless cost cutting have pushed the communication pendulum toward an unhealthy co-dependence with IT, eroding personal engagement, aggravating virtual distance, and undermining strategic alignment.

 

'The Empathic Enterprise' sounds the alarm around technology overload and provides a roadmap for improved partnering between humankind and machines, tracing their historical, symbiotic relationship and underlining the urgency of achieving better balance.

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(Empathy @Work) Employees don't feel employers are empathetic enough

(Empathy @Work) Employees don't feel employers are empathetic enough | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

A new survey from benefits administration tech company Businessolver shows that while 60 percent of CEOs view their organization as “empathetic,” only about a quarter of rank-and-file workers feel the same way.

The online poll of 1,840 U.S. adults found that employees and executives nevertheless agree on what constitutes an empathetic workplace...

There is also a great deal of agreement on the ways in which employers and coworkers can demonstrate respect and empathy for each other. At the top of the list is verbal acknowledgement that you are

  1. listening (76 percent),
  2. maintaining eye contact (72 percent), and
  3. showing emotion (70 percent).

 

BY JACK CRAVER

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(Empathy @Work) Empathy at Work: Why Empathy Matters in the Workplace

(Empathy @Work) Empathy at Work: Why Empathy Matters in the Workplace | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Businessolver is excited to announce the launch of our new Workplace Empathy Monitor, which surveyed more than 1,000 CEOs, HR Professionals and Employees. This eye-opening study found that there is a gap between how empathetic leaders perceive themselves to be and how their message and action are perceived by employees.

That gap can lead to decreased satisfaction and lowered engagement levels, not to mention employee turnover and low morale. Employees want their priorities, expectations and needs to be heard and understood by their leadership, and leaders are struggling with what to do and say that shows empathy to their employees.

It turns out, there are significant bottom-line benefits to having an empathetic organization. According to Businessolver's research, employees are more likely to take - and keep - a job at an organization that they perceive to be empathetic (even if that means taking a lower paycheck). Consumers, too, are more eager to do business with an organization that they think is empathetic.
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empathy: your secret weapon in designing for the web

Nathalie Nahai empathy your secret weapon in designing for the web

 

Behind every screen sits a user waiting to be engaged

Whether you reach them or not will depend on how you make them feel more than anything else In this presentation Nathalie will explore how the primal emotional and rational systems in the brain can be used as a metaphorical model to build persuasive online experiences And show why mirror neurons and empathy.

 

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Empathy Theme of TEDx Livermore

Empathy Theme of TEDx Livermore | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
TEDxLivermore team has chosen empathy as the theme for its 2016 meeting.


Tedx will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on June 25th at Las Positas College in Livermore. Global thought leaders, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, innovators and scientists will present their ideas on the topic: “The Economics of Empathy: Empathy as Currency for Building Community”


TEDxLivermore is supported by ReImagine Science, the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce, Innovation Tri-Valley, Common SciSense (Livermore), and i-GATE Innovation Hub.

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