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How Listening Can Narrow the Gaps Dividing Our Teams

How Listening Can Narrow the Gaps Dividing Our Teams | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
When we listen, examine and understand fears and motivations across generations, we can begin to narrow the generational gaps dividing our teams.

 

Theologian Paul Tillich once said, “The first duty of love is to listen.” And listening is one of the hardest habits in our culture today. We don’t listen to understand. Instead, we listen to prepare our response and be understood.

 

All too often, we’re not hearing someone else; we’re preparing our next comment. This behavior is true in person, but it’s pervasive in social media.

Instead of seeking to assert ourselves and be understood by others, I wonder what would change if we stopped long enough to listen. I wonder if we loved others enough to listen to them and explore their fears.

 

My greatest fear about the generation gaps in our country and organizations is that too few of us are actually listening to each other. Without listening to another, we’ll never understand one another.

 

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(Empathic Leadership) How Empathetic Leadership Can Transform Your Business

(Empathic Leadership) How Empathetic Leadership Can Transform Your Business | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

The old paradigm of leadership is struggling to adapt to the evolving demands of today. In the first part of this series, we discussed why the world needs a new leadership culture. 

 

Aside from the macro concerns such as political instability and misallocation of global resources, there are immediate negatives to your business when operating from the old model. Lack of engagement, less productivity, ethical issues, less innovation and talent drain are a few problems caused by traditional leadership. 

Let us then begin to construct a new paradigm – one which takes into account emerging trends, new research into our biology and a better understanding of the drawbacks of the traditional style.

The need for empathetic leaders

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Recruiting for empathy: key lessons from Belinda Parmar OBE (Part 1) - YouTube

 Does your business support a culture of inclusion and belonging? Or are you struggling to attract the right people and drive productivity within your teams? If so, your company may be lacking empathy. We spoke with Belinda Parmar OBE, CEO of The Empathy Business and Luc Salmon, Operating Director at Michael Page, to explore the concept of empathy in the recruitment process. edit the content

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(Empathic Leadership) 3 Ways Increasing Your Empathy Makes You More Effective Leader

(Empathic Leadership) 3 Ways Increasing Your Empathy Makes You More Effective Leader | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
So, yes, empathy plays a big role in leaders creating a thriving environment where employees can do their best work, thus increasing retention, productivity, talent attraction and collaboration. And all of those "feel good" traits can lead to better market performance and profitability. Here are three ways for leaders to cultivate more empathy:

1. Practice presence.
If you feel constantly scattered and preoccupied, you’ll have no capacity to consider others’ perspectives or think clearly. You’ll be in defensive and reactive mode constantly, which is the antithesis of empathy. You’ll be too caught up in your own stuff!
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(Empathic Design)  Evolving Leadership: Why It Might Be Time To Try An Empathetic Approach: FORBES

(Empathic Design)  Evolving Leadership: Why It Might Be Time To Try An Empathetic Approach: FORBES | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Instead, there is another human trait we can use to lead through the uncertainty of complex challenges: empathy.

Design thinking is one approach to solving complex, human-centered challenges that points to our evolving leadership. Made popular in part by the design firm IDEO, design thinking builds on the principles of problem definition, solution design and experimentation. To define the problem, however, all design thinking begins with the need to empathize with those needing the solution. 
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La empatía es el motor eléctrico del futuro.
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EMPATHY: "Seek to Understand" | Community | shelbyvilledailyunion.com

EMPATHY: "Seek to Understand" | Community | shelbyvilledailyunion.com | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

Main Street & Kindergarten Center is equally dedicated to the development of our students Socially & Emotionally to Academically. The goal is that no student is more prepared for College

 

Dr. Bowers ended with a video created by middle school students depicting a school absent Empathy verse a school with Student-Leaders practicing Empathy. It is clear which school is more ideal. Dr. Bowers reminded students that they must first be self-aware & then they can become more “others aware.”

 

She even shared a story of playing a game with her siblings in which they would create background stories on random people they would see at the dentist office or a restaurant. She claims this helped her be more “others aware” and observant.

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You Need Empathy to Thrive in Business

You Need Empathy to Thrive in Business | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Why you need empathy?
If business is all about people, then business is all about empathy. No transaction between two humans can succeed without a bit of empathy in the mix. Empathy, the ability to not only detect what others feel but also to experience that emotion yourself, is present in every aspect of our social life, even when we are doing business. It is what enables you to see something from someone else’s perspective, not just your own.

According to Roman Krznaric, empathy is “the art of imaginatively stepping into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions
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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

(Empathic Leadership) The Quickest Way to Great Leadership Won't Happen Without Improving These 3 People Skills | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
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

Why Marketers Are Bad At Empathy And What To Do About It | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

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

(Empathic Leadership) Applied empathy: a revolutionary approach to leadership | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
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  

How to Boost Your Empathy Factor at Work with author, Marie Miyashiro   | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
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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Peter Klein on Entrepreneurial Empathy

Peter Klein on Entrepreneurial Empathy | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Empathy is a skill we learn from childhood. We’re taught as kids, when we say or do something that might be unkind or upsetting to another person, to “think about how they must feel”. The vernacular is to “walk in their shoes”. It’s the same essential skill we apply as entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs need to master the skill for an audience that might not be in their social circle and with whom they may not be familiar. You may be selling to car buyers, or cooking enthusiasts, or sports fans, or the procurement officer at a client. This kind of empathy is a little bit less natural and a little bit more learned.

It is entirely possible to learn entrepreneurial empathy and to get better at it. You can develop a process of reading and gathering data about the category or market you’re operating in, talking to actual and potential customers, conducting quantitative or qualitative surveys (like focus groups), analyzing the sentiments in social media conversations, or just talking to folks with a viewpoint. You can hire a consultant or an employee with highly developed customer empathy skills. But always, it’s your interpretation of the data that’s the key. What is motivating the customer, what is driving them, what is the feeling that’s at work?
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Empathy at Work—Why it (Really) Matters

Empathy at Work—Why it (Really) Matters | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to be productive—our productivity “hacks” are some of the most popular articles and resources we have. And I get it, I do. More work done in less time? Absolutely ideal. Which is why I'm so excited to tell you all about our latest productivity hack—being empathetic.


Honestly, I wasn't surprised to learn that embracing empathy—either as an individual or as a company—actually boosts productivity. Workplaces that focus on fostering empathetic work cultures are more productive and have higher employee satisfaction and retention rates. Businesses that integrate emotional intelligence in their companies through flexible policies and empathetic management styles outperform their rivals.

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(Empathic Leadership) Implementing Empathetic Leadership

(Empathic Leadership) Implementing Empathetic Leadership | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

Once you have spent time learning about the benefits of empathetic leadership you need to work towards implementation. Like with other cultural and leadership changes, the shift starts mentally and is reinforced by the actions you take on a daily basis.

 
Empathy is learnable
Before you even think about implementing empathy in your organization, you need to understand that empathy is learnable. It takes two forms: it is both a skill that is practiced and also a personality trait. In this sense, you can exercise empathy or you can be an empathetic individual. If you wouldn’t traditionally describe yourself in this way then it is more realistic to approach empathy as another management tool – something similar to conflict management or goal setting.

 

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Recruiting for empathy: key lessons from Belinda Parmar OBE (Part 2 

Does your business support a culture of inclusion and belonging? Or are you struggling to attract the right people and drive productivity within your teams? If so, your company may be lacking empathy. We spoke with Belinda Parmar OBE, CEO of The Empathy Business and Luc Salmon, Operating Director at Michael Page, to explore the concept of empathy in the recruitment process.
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How can a culture of empathy drive business success?

How can a culture of empathy drive business success? | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Right across the globe, businesses are now much more aware of how important it is to invest in the wellbeing and development of their teams. In line with this, the human resources function is constantly evolving and the scope of HR professionals’ responsibilities is also growing.

 

This often means that they are developing strategies to support employees in maintaining a positive work-life balance, developing tools to help individuals manage their mental health, and working towards building more inclusive working cultures to support increasingly diverse groups of people.

To drill further into this topic, we recently hosted a breakfast discussion on empathy and how it is a skill that has huge potential to drive business success. Click above to see highlights from the event and comments from our keynote speaker, Belinda Parmar OBE, founder and CEO of The Empathy Business.

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Meet the engineered Lovesick virus that spreads kindness and empathy

Meet the engineered Lovesick virus that spreads kindness and empathy | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
When inoculated with the newly created Lovesick virus, which can produce a boost in oxytocin production, cells develop a pale reddish hue as a symbol of the love bug’s presence.
The artificial virus is a creation of transdisciplinary artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg as part of her three-month BioArt Residency at the University City Science Center, and in collaboration with biotech company Integral Molecular.

The New York-based artist, who holds a Ph.D. in electronic arts from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, said the concept of a virus that could help feelings of empathy and love spread across the population first came to her while weathering both a “personal situation” and the current political climate.
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You Need Empathy to Thrive in Business

You Need Empathy to Thrive in Business | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Why you need empathy?
If business is all about people, then business is all about empathy. No transaction between two humans can succeed without a bit of empathy in the mix. Empathy, the ability to not only detect what others feel but also to experience that emotion yourself, is present in every aspect of our social life, even when we are doing business. It is what enables you to see something from someone else’s perspective, not just your own.

According to Roman Krznaric, empathy is “the art of imaginatively stepping into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions
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When your boss loses it, try a little empathy

When your boss loses it, try a little empathy | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Boss lashing out? A little compassion in return might be in your best interests.

 

“I wonder if a little empathy might be in your best interest here,” I suggested to my client. “What if your manager’s toxic and destructive comment is all about him and this difficult situation he finds himself in, and really has nothing to do with you? If you could empathize with him, what could you do?”

 

“Well, the idea makes me feel better right away,” my client said, sitting up straighter. “And you’re right, it is probably in my best interests for him to be happier in his role. I could probably do a better job of setting him up to succeed.”

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Healthy Empathy in the Workplace

Healthy Empathy in the Workplace | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
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 

(Empathic Leadership) High-Resolution Leadership - Is Empathy Boss  | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
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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