As a sociatrist, I’m passionate about people in business developing greater ability to stand in each others’ shoes. It’s one of the cornerstones of the work I do at Quantum Shift and is central to nurturing greater health in organisations. This is often given the name “empathy”.
I bristle a little, however, when I hear someone say, “I can have empathy for them, but…..” What’s that expression? Everything before the “but” is bulls**t.
I go along with Professor Simon Baron Cohen’s idea that empathy sits along a spectrum.