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Resilience Requires Support and Empathy

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Monday, March 11, 2019
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A recent study at the University of Michigan found that empathetic skills in college students have declined by as much at 48% over the last 8 years. The reasons for the decline are many, but two in particular stand out:

  • People participate in less face-to-face communication.
  • Mobile devices are taking the place of actual interaction.
Declining empathy is not only a problem for college students. Our over-scheduled lives and the ever-increasing drive for productivity have changed how we interact. Remote workplaces, self-paced learning, and social networking all contribute to fewer face-to-face interactions. This lack of physical interaction makes it difficult to truly connect. As noted by Dr. Sherry Turkle in her book, Reclaiming Conversation:

“Empathy is uniquely human.
 It cannot be mastered without face-to-face conversations.”

Research has shown that teams with higher empathy are more creative and productive.

Here are a few ways to improve your ability to empathize:

  1. CHALLENGE your own assumptions. 
  2. DO NOT JUDGE the choices of others based on your personal upbringing/life experiences.
  3. LISTEN to others’ stories.
  4. TRY to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.

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A powerful way to generate conversation on empathy is with the newest video distributed by StarThrower. There Is Only Us with John Noltner reminds us that we are more alike than different. Featuring timely stories, this team-focused program offers a safe place and process to have challenging, but necessary, conversations on ways to create a more empathetic culture. You can find it at Starthrower.

PS: it is also on sale!  

Little changes in attitude can make a big difference. Invest in improving empathy. You will like your return on investment…


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