A Spoonful of Empathy

A Spoonful of EmpathyWe’re in a world right now of ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’, of super-charged words like ‘hate’ and ‘bigotry’ and ‘distrust’ and ‘fake’.  Of people calling each other out instead of bringing each other in.  Of pointing fingers in lieu of pointing the way.

We tend to put this negativity in a corner as a political phenomenon that can somehow be walled off from our workplaces.  But take a look around you and ask yourselves some simple questions. Continue reading

Are You Caring or Care-Taking?

Man pointing out an error to his colleagueOne of the subtle undercurrents of an increased emphasis on caring work environments is boundary confusion about caring.  If we’re supposed to be more empathetic leaders focused on developing others, where is the dividing line between guiding and parenting our employees; between helping and ‘fixing’; between supporting a colleague and taking on his problems? Continue reading