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Empathy Can Be the Number One Growth Catalyst for Your Business

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World Leaders, Innovators and the greatest thinkers of today’s times have hailed empathy as a wow factor and now the world is giving empathy all the credit it deserves. The dawn of the 21st century has moved the spotlight on Soft Skills. The world is racing at a supersonic speed piggybacking on the bandwagon of technology is now going gaga over a skill set that has proved to be a game-changer of sorts. The 4-Cs of the 21st Century: Critical thinking, Communications, Collaboration, and Creativity have not only changed workplace dynamics but also individual narratives. 

Defining Empathy 

The not so new but now extremely honoured member in the team of must-have skill sets is Empathy. According to the Encyclopaedia of Social Psychology, “Empathy is often defined as understanding another person’s experience by imagining oneself in that other person’s situation.”  

When one is talking about empathy, the term sympathy often pops up in the conversation. Sympathy means that you have been moved or feel a rush of emotions because of a person or an experience. Empathy helps an individual to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. It helps one to stay there and see where it pricks the most.   

Shreeya Pande, Head of Business Development at Jagarmanacha, an excellence Centre in Maharashtra works with a lot of youngsters helping them shape their lives. Shreeya explains empathy beautifully. “Holistic growth is never ‘alone’ it’s always coming in ‘collective’ sense. According to my, Empathy is getting into the shoes of the other person and thinking about the situation and see things from their perspective.” 

Research backs empathy 

Research shows that empathy is a key ingredient for establishing strong professional bonds as well as maintaining healthy and harmonious personal relationships. Psychologists and Mental Health professionals too have high regard for empathy. According to them, individuals who have high levels of empathy are more likely to function well witnessing stronger social circles, cultivate emotional bonds and have more satisfying personal relationships. Empathy is the lens through which one can have a better view of things while understanding the perspectives, needs and limitations of others in the picture. The golden rule is treating people the way you want to be treated.  

When we ask children what their favourite subject is, the answer is most likely to be based on how much they like the teacher teaching a particular subject rather than the interest they have in the subject. Like Harper Lee, author of the bestselling book, To Kill a Mockingbird puts it, “Are you proud of yourself tonight that you have insulted a total stranger whose circumstances you know nothing about?”  

How Do We Empathize?  

Sucheta Gauba, Founder of Sucheta Gauba, a clothing brand that promotes sustainability has a personal experience to share. “I truly believe every garment has a story and that hands and souls are putting together a piece of happiness and pure joy. How beautiful one feels is subjective but the only thing that stays constant is empathy towards who is wearing it and most importantly who is making them. The movement who made my clothes in the sustainable fashion industry is an inspiration how empathy is the focal point around which every garment’s story is written.” I remember on the 17th day (I started working at 17) of my journey as an entrepreneur my dad told me, “If you want happiness in your work, you ought to keep people around you happy,” she adds. 

“When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you.” – Susan Sarandon

Here are a few signs you are an empathic person: 

  • You care deeply about other people.  
  • You sometimes feel overwhelmed in social situations.  
  • You have a knack for picking up on how people are feeling.  
  • You are attuned to the feelings of those around you and people value you for that.  
  • People seek your counsel and advice.   
  • You are a patient listener.   
  • You try to reach out to others who are suffering.  

The world needs more empaths. There are too many intelligent people around anyway.  

Here is how to make empathy work as a catalyst for your Business:  

Make Empathy your middle name

An organization that humanizes and does not just monetize its relationship with its clients, makes a lasting impact. Make your customers feel heard and cherished. Use social media to create a presence and a brand value on genuine empathy so that your clients and potential customers resonate with you. 

Empower your Manpower

Let your team ideate more often. Most of the time, our teams are better engaged with customers and connect to them on an emotional level much more than we do. Their ideas might have the potential to drive in results and revenue. Empathise, Empower and Encourage your team to share their ideas and point of view. Provide them with the resources they need to make things happen. When an employee knows a manager or their boss has their back… they will take that leap.

Because it is just not a Cause

The customers today are informed netizens who are sensitive to global issues. They have a mind of their own and proactively share their views on social media. If customers see a brand supporting a cause or a brand drawing light on an important issue, they connect with the brand, at a more personal level. E.g. When Brands like Reebok, L’Oréal, P&G and Netflix supported the cause ‘Black Lives Matter’, they gained tremendous traction and love from netizens.

Reflect and Re-analyse

Reflection plays a pivotal role in developing empathy. When a team gets and sits back together and reflects on approaches and mechanisms to analyse what worked well for the organization and what did not. Every member gets an opportunity to witness things from the other person’s perspective. One certainly cannot reflect objectively without having empathy for others. Empathy is the building block of positive action.    

Satya Nadella says it the best, “Empathy makes you a better innovator. If I look at the most successful products, we [at Microsoft] have created, it comes with that ability to meet the unmet, unarticulated needs of customers.” 

Parth Shah (parth.shah@devx.work) Co-Founder, COO DevX accelerator. With 10 years of experience in operations and training, Parth is a go-to person for his team and even a multitude of growing start-ups. His knack lies at spotting and supporting start-ups, helping them streamline their processes and even take their ventures to the next level. After successfully establishing two start-ups and exploring the start-up landscape up-close Parth has learnt the nitty-gritty of the industry, which he now shares with fellow entrepreneurs.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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