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(Empathy at Work) The Single Most Powerful Tool For Assessing Other People

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Being able to read and interpret your own emotional reactions to people as you interact with them provides information you can't get anywhere else

 

Knowing how to read yourself and then what to do with you the information is a skill that takes some development and practice. But the investment is well worth the effort since your own responses to people will provide you with information about them that you can’t get anywhere else.

 

Take empathy as a prime example. As I've explained elsewhere empathy is absolutely critical to leadership—it’s one of five essential character traits and cognitive capacities a leader responsible for the fate of people and enterprises must have.

 

.Prudy Gourguechon ,

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Healthy Empathy in the Workplace

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Empathy is a hot topic in the workplace, and while it should be, there are problems with requiring workers to be more empathic without appropriate support.

Study after study finds that workers who show empathy are rated as more effective, more approachable, and more professional than their less engaged colleagues. Empathic managers are consistently shown to develop better communication and stronger team cohesion, while empathic health care professionals have higher patient satisfaction scores.
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(Empathic Leadership) High-Resolution Leadership - Is Empathy Boss 

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Successful leadership is defined by a single ingredient: it’s mastering successful conversations. By looking at the relationship between interaction skills and job performance, it’s easy to see why empathy is so important.

“Overwhelmingly, empathy tops the list as the most critical driver of overall performance. It also consistently relates to higher performance in each of the four leadership domains.”
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5 Reasons empathy is the most important leadership skill

5 Reasons empathy is the most important leadership skill | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

BY HARVEY DEUTSCHENDORF 
According to studies carried out by Development Dimensions International (DDI), empathy is the biggest single leadership skill needed today. 

 

According to Richard S. Wellins, senior vice president of DDI, “Being able to listen and respond with empathy is overwhelmingly the one interaction skill that outshines all other skills.” Other research has backed up DDI findings. Dianne Crampton at Gonzaga University found that “Empathy is a universal team value that promotes high commitment and cooperation in the workplace.

 

Here are five reasons that empathy is becoming the number one leadership skill:

1. YOUR STAFF WILL BE MORE LOYAL

2. YOUR STAFF WILL BE MORE ENGAGED

3. YOUR EMPLOYEES WILL WORK BETTER WITH EACH OTHER

4. YOUR STAFF WILL BE HAPPIER

5. EVERYONE WILL BE MORE CREATIVE

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How to Boost Your Empathy Factor at Work with author, Marie Miyashiro 

Marie Miyashiro is an author, keynote speaker and trainer/consultant, specialised in bringing empathy into the workplace. Her book, The Empathy Factor - Your Competitive Advantage for Personal, Team, and Business Success, has been translated into several languages.

 

In this conversation, we talk about why empathy is so important, the ways to bring empathy into the workplace, which companies and industries are getting onboard with her vision and much more. Meanwhile, you can comment and find the show notes on minterdial.com.

 

If you liked the podcast, please take a moment of your precious time to go over to iTunes to rate the podcast. 

 

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State of Workplace Empathy

Empathy has solidified its position as a core workplace value that impacts culture, innovation, productivity, and profit


Eighty-seven percent of CEOs believe a company’s financial performance is tied to empathy in the workplace, as do 79 percent of HR professionals. Eight in 10 employees, HR professionals, and CEOs agree an empathetic workplace has a positive impact on business performance.

 

In fact, majorities in all demographics of employees responded that empathy motivates workers and increases productivity.

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Chapter 3: The Business Case for Empathy: It Starts at the Top

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According to Businessolver’s report, the business case for empathy is already evident to most C-suite leadership. In fact, 87 percent of CEOs believe empathy has a substantial impact on their company’s financial performance. Case in point: 90 percent of employees state they’re more likely to stay with a company that understands and empathizes with their needs—a sentiment that drives down turnover and reduces their employer’s hiring spend. 

The challenge lies in aligning leadership’s perception of what constitutes empathy with their employees’ often divergent points of view. If one were to ask CEOs whether they believe their companies are empathetic, the vast majority—92 percent, in fact—would say yes. Ask the same question of their employees, however, and only 78 percent would answer in kind.2
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Leaders practice empathy - Empathy is the most important instrument in a leader’s toolbox.

Empathy is the most important instrument in a leader’s toolbox.

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Digital transformation, with empathy - a change management view

Digital transformation, with empathy - a change management view | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Change management needs practical empathy
People often feel threatened by change or feel that technology will make their job less secure. As well as empathy, there must be a practical response to those fears too, advises Tyler:

I am lucky to be a very empathetic person, but when I sit down with somebody and they’re in tears because they’re afraid they’re going to lose their job because they can’t keep up, to me, that’s the risk factor of a change where you can say, ‘Okay, how do we address that? Is it training? Is communication, is it repositioning that resource?’
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How Medication Affects Empaths and Sensitive People

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How medication affects empaths and sensitive people is more intense than you may think.  Since many empaths experience chronic sensory overload, anxiety or depression, conventional physicians often send them to psychiatrists for medication.

In “The Empath’s Survival Guide” I discuss empaths, their bodies, and health. It’s important for sensitive people to listen to the wisdom of their bodies. Many physicians go straight to antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications when treating empaths, but, in general, initially I recommend not using them with such sensitive souls. Sometimes, my patients just need to be kinder to themselves and make certain adjustments which make their lives easier.
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How Embodying Empathy Will Improve Your Leadership Skills  

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Michael Ventura, entrepreneur and CEO of award-winning strategy and design practice Sub Rosa, shares three things he hopes readers take away from reading his book, Applied Empathy. For more on author Michael Ventura visit http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Michael-Ventura/2142280932

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Employ Empathy at your Office

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Danny Leffel, the CEO of the communications app CREW states “The empathy for the teams that you lead, empathy for the workers that are here, it’s such a shortcut in so many ways to being a more effective leader because you understand what’s going on and so I think that’s a really important quality.”

 

Building individual and collective empathy can really build stronger teams, stronger products and happier clients. These are a few of our top tried and tested ways to build empathy in your office:

Individuals, not just groups: Whether you are in a leadership position at work, or you are dealing with customers, speak to your people as if they are individuals, not just a group of people for you to deal with. Use their names when talking to them, ask questions about them and what they need. Find small ways to appreciate them and connect with them. 

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 (Empathic Leadership) 3 Powerful Benefits That Come From Empathy In Leadership

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Getting clear on what empathy in leadership is all about

But first, let’s be clear about what empathy is. Most of us have probably heard the phrase of “walking in someone else’s shoes” and this is essentially what empathy refers to in the context of leadership. Namely, empathy in leadership is about understanding the realities our employees face. Of making them feel heard and understood [Share on Twitter].

Now in my experience working with leaders across Canada and the US, what I’ve found trips most leaders up is that they conflate understanding the challenges and obstacles their employees face with now having an obligation to do something about it. And this is why many of them pull back because they know in most cases, they don’t have the time and resources to address the concerns of each and every employee.
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How empathy can help you create a better work culture

How empathy can help you create a better work culture | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Empathy is one of those things that can help in any part of life whether it’s your family, friends, that special person and even also at work. Understanding what empathy is and how it effects people…

What good will empathy do?

There are so many benefits of having empathy, so I’ll just state a few. The end result of it is

  • a happy team
  • a well groomed end-product
  • good work culture.


So, 
like many other problems we face as software engineers, we tend to solve problems by devising an algorithm. Here is “pseudo code” for empathy.

 

  • 1- better understanding of your colleagues: If you understand them better., you can help them better.
  • 2- The unsaid things: Your team might not share everything with you. Based on their body-language, tone, voice, you will have a better idea of their situation.
  • 3- Resolving conflicts: When you understand the unsaid things, you can address them and make your team members feel heard. This is the first step of resolving a conflict.
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(Empathic Leadership) The Quickest Way to Great Leadership Won't Happen Without Improving These 3 People Skills

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Build relationships with more empathy.
In several studies, empathy has been found to be a critical driver of human performance. Specifically, the ability of leaders to listen and respond with empathy.

 

 In business conversations that value relationship-building, thinking about a team member's circumstance, understanding someone's challenge and frustration, and developing perspective about what motivates an employee to high performance opens up all kinds of possibilities for other team members to help one another.

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Why Marketers Are Bad At Empathy And What To Do About It

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WHY CUSTOMER EMPATHY IS ESSENTIAL
Dr. Antonio Damasio said, we not thinking machines that feel rather, we’re feeling machines that think.

Damasio discovered that we make our decisions emotionally. His research showed every decision we make grounded in emotion every single one. This is huge.

As marketers, we’re almost self-centered to a fault when we approach customers.

Today we have more ways of reaching our customers, we have more channels and more content than ever before. But, connecting with our customers (really connecting with them and building trust) has never been harder.

That’s why I believe empathy is a superpower. It’s a superpower for sellers and marketers to connect – to understand another person’s feeling and experience. If we can do that we can relate.
In sum, our personal assumptions kill empathy. And we don’t even realize we’re doing it.

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(Empathic Leadership) Applied empathy: a revolutionary approach to leadership

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In details, empathy is about understanding and about seeing the perspective of others. It isn’t at all about being soft or weak and has nothing to do with sympathy. Take a look at the most successful examples of empathy.  First, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft has used empathy to revive the falling company.

 

He didn’t only bring the company out of impending doom, but also significantly increased market value. And he did all that by transforming the mindset of Microsoft and its people from ego to empathy. Second, Michael Ventura, CEO of award winning agency Sub Rosa, used the same concept of empathy to solve complex problems of his clients.

 

They worked with General Electric (GE) on solving the problem of women’s fear of going to their mammography appointment. With empathy, they created a space for these women to share their experiences and through this, were able to solve the problem.

 

Both Nadella and Ventura proved that empathy isn’t a passing fad – it is a lifestyle that you as a business leader must live and inspire your people to live. Empathy can be practised in many different ways and it can be used to solve problems. 

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How to Boost Your Empathy Factor at Work with author, Marie Miyashiro  

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Marie Miyashiro is an author, keynote speaker and trainer/consultant, specialised in bringing empathy into the workplace.

 

Her book, The Empathy Factor – Your Competitive Advantage for Personal, Team, and Business Success, has been translated into four languages. In this conversation, we talk about why empathy is so important, the ways to bring empathy into the workplace, which companies and industries are getting onboard with her vision and much more.

 

 

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Chapter 2: Practice Makes Perfect: Real-World Examples of Empathy at Work

Chapter 2: Practice Makes Perfect: Real-World Examples of Empathy at Work | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
For some businesses, empathy-driven customer initiatives provide the building blocks for their own internal policies. At Cariloop, a Dallas-based startup that created a support platform for caregivers, empathy was already baked into its business model. The company’s health care coaches routinely spend hours speaking with its members, many of whom care for loved ones while holding down full-time jobs. Jason Osburn, the company’s chief empathy officer, makes a habit of sitting in on these calls—and taking notes.

“I learn so much just by observing them, and I am able to turn around and apply it internally to how I work with my teams and with the company as a whole,” says Osburn, who frames his role in the tech-inspired terms of user experience. In addition to the minutiae of app design, he’s concerned with the workplace experience of Cariloop’s employees.
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Chapter1: 21st Century Leadership Starts With Empathy

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Can empathy be the strategic advantage to help your company win the battle for talent?

 

At the heart of the workplace, there is an empathy gap—a disjunction separating leaders and workers, men and women, and the various generations making up the current workforce. A resounding majority of employees (around 92 percent)1 believes empathy remains undervalued in the workplace, and they’re increasingly willing to leave their current employer for one that makes it a priority. In a job market where 64 percent of workers view job-hopping as a beneficial career move,2 leaders must find a way to attract the talent they need while preserving the talent they have. It all begins with empathy.

 

“If you lack empathy, you cannot effectively coach, manage or lead your workforce,” says Signe Spencer, a client research partner at Korn Ferry Institute, a thought leadership center within the executive search firm. “If you’re a leader and you don’t understand your people, it’s like shooting at a target blindfolded. Most of the time you’re going to miss.”

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In My Feelings About Empathy as a Marketing Strategy

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HOW TO DO EMPATHY MARKETING
We've established that empathy requires you to put yourself in another's shoes, and that cognitive empathy requires you to consciously take on that person's perspective. Here's how to use those concepts to create an empathetic marketing strategy:

1. DEVELOP CUSTOMER PERSONAS
To understand your customers and what appeals to them, you need to know who they are and what makes them tick. Developing customer personas involves asking and answering questions about your customers' background, demographics and key identifiers. Here is a snapshot of a sample customer persona from HubSpot:
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How To Have Empathetic And Emotionally Smart Kids

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Teach Them Empathy Through Awareness of How Others are Feeling
Spending time talking to your kids about the emotions of others is a great way to build a foundation for developing empathy. Empathy plays an important role in emotional intelligence.

When your child talks about something happening at school to someone else, for instance, ask them to imagine how that person felt. If something happened to someone you know, don’t forget to demonstrate empathy when talking about it in front of your kids.

Accept and Encourage Your Child’s Emotions
Feelings are neither right nor wrong, they are just what they are, feelings! Everyone is entitled to their feelings, including your child. Always encourage them to express their feelings through questioning.
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Empathy: Why Executives Need It, Where It Comes From And How To Get It

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A great deal of what drives behavior is emotional and unconscious. Being human means being emotional, and emotions are either activating relational solutions (empathetic front brain) or survival control based in ego (nonempathetic back brain). Evaluating one’s ability to sustain a highly functioning relational brain, guarding against manipulative survival tactics, is paramount for executive leaders. As leaders learn to empathize with employees, they activate chemical maps cultivating empathy and productivity.

For the person who received empathy in their developmental years, it’s natural to empathize with others. They don’t know they’ve been given empathy through experience, and sustaining this higher reasoning is natural. Others can increase their empathy quotient (EQ) for accurate self-perception and stay outside the box.
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Google Spent Years Studying Successful Teams. Here's the 1 Thing That Mattered Most

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how do you build bridges of trust?
Here's a sample of nine habits and behaviors you can practice to build trust between yourself and others:

1. Listen carefully. 
Listening has become a lost art. Many fall into the trap of simply "taking turns" speaking; as one person speaks, the other is already thinking about what they're going to say next--without truly listening to the other person's thoughts, ideas, and feelings. 

Remember that listening is about learning. When others speak, resist the urge to judge, to interrupt and share your experience, or to try and solve a problem. Instead, strive to understand. 

2. Show empathy. 
Empathy is made up of three parts: cognitive, emotional, and compassionate.

Through careful listening (see point 1 above), you can understand how another person thinks and feels.

The next step is the most difficult: emotional empathy, or the ability to share another person's feelings. To do this, ask yourself: When have I felt similar to what this person has described? How can I relate to that feeling?

For example, if someone is struggling, don't think to yourself: "Well, I've had to struggle before, too. They just need to toughen up!" Instead, think of a time when you severely struggled, to the point you couldn't accomplish what you wanted. This helps you relate to the other person.

Now you're ready to show compassionate empathy--by taking action to help however you can. 

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 (Empathic Leadership) 3 Powerful Benefits That Come From Empathy In Leadership

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Getting clear on what empathy in leadership is all about

But first, let’s be clear about what empathy is. Most of us have probably heard the phrase of “walking in someone else’s shoes” and this is essentially what empathy refers to in the context of leadership. Namely, empathy in leadership is about understanding the realities our employees face. Of making them feel heard and understood [Share on Twitter].

Now in my experience working with leaders across Canada and the US, what I’ve found trips most leaders up is that they conflate understanding the challenges and obstacles their employees face with now having an obligation to do something about it. And this is why many of them pull back because they know in most cases, they don’t have the time and resources to address the concerns of each and every employee.
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(Empathic Leadership) Too Much Of A Good Thing: Tips On Avoiding the Dangers Of Unchecked Empathy

(Empathic Leadership) Too Much Of A Good Thing: Tips On Avoiding the Dangers Of Unchecked Empathy | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

Empathy is essential for a leader, so how can too much be dangerous? A leader can’t lead effectively without a highly developed capacity for empathy. The ability to get out of your own mental framework and put yourself in other peoples’ shoes is essential for impactful communication, crisis management, business strategy, sales and marketing and successful business relationships.

 

Advice on building this and other soft skills associated with emotional intelligence is flooding the popular business literature.  However, it’s equally important to know when to stop being empathic. 

 

Prudy Gourguechon 

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