Empathy - Leadership SHIFT Tip

Understanding someone else’s story is difficult. In today’s culture, it can sometimes seem nearly impossible. Especially when someone’s perspective does not agree with our point of view. 

President Obama called for empathy in his final address last week.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch 

Given today’s pace and challenges, we can no longer afford to cling to our monolithic worldviews. This is true across our differing political, professional, and personal lives. Empathy is the bridge that connects people with different perspectives to create better tomorrows.

And it starts with the conversations we have with ourselves and others. Conversations with connection, openness, curiosity, and trust serve as the secret sauce to meaningful relationships. 

This week’s SHIFT Tip is a #TBT from a November blog. You can read more by clicking on Conversations

Regardless of how you feel about his policies, President Obama’s counsel is worth following. 

“If you are tired arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk to one in real life.” 

Reaching out doesn’t mean that the other guy is right or vice-versa. But it does require the willingness to be influenced. It may be the SHIFT that helps you build a more empathic peloton.

This week’s SHIFT Tip book recommendation is Conversational Intelligence by Judith Glaser. I have followed Judith’s work for years. I’m now part of a select group of coaches certified in her research. Let me know if you wish to discuss how to make your conversations more meaningful and productive. 

Have fun storming the castle!

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