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Empathy HandsIn the wake of the Newtown tragedy I feel compelled to express my condolences to the victims' families as well as to our entire nation.  We have all felt this loss and if you're like me, struggle with what to do and how to help.  This recent event underscores for me the importance of understanding and managing yourself and your emotions.  It's critical in this crazy, mixed up world today that we understand how to build empathy and to better understand others.

I was struck by President Obama's scripture reference to the "unseen" in his speech during the interfaith service on Sunday in Newtown, Ct. "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." Coaching is our way of helping people access the "unseen world" of emotional intelligence (EQ).  When I think about the aftereffects of the Newtown tragedy, I'm grateful for the opportunity to give back to the world the gift of helping people build their emotional intelligence.  This goes beyond the development of skills to complete a task and speaks to the importance of building empathy and enhancing our relationships with others.

 

As I was completing my Organizational Communication degree in 2004, I was asked to write a time capsule letter that would be read by someone in my company in the year 2050. Surprisingly, the letter was about the development of an Empathy Center.

 

The events of Newtown have inspired me to share my message of building empathy and supporting social change.  Embarking on the journey of self-discovery requires discipline, methods and tools.  One of the best tools we've found is The BirkmanClick here for additional information and to view sample reports.

 

Although the Newtown disaster is still fresh on our minds, let’s try throughout this holiday season and beyond to follow what Ann Curry of NBC has started with the 26 acts of kindness initiative http://nbcnews.to/XGmdz1 support someone in times of need, create a daily gratitude journal no matter how trying the day may be, love a little more, practice patience and tenderness, and become an ambassador of your personal values as you interact with your families, your communities and beyond.  May 2013 provide us with increased hope that the world can be a better place because of our commitment to promote a world filled with increased EQ but more importantly a world with more empathy.  

 

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