Joe and Wanda on Management

Joe Kerr and Wanda B. Goode, two characters from Nick McCormick’s book, “Lead Well and Prosper,” dispense their management wisdom

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Month: December, 2012

Empathy in the Workplace

16 December, 2012 (21:24) | Leadership, Leadership Development, Management, Personal Development | By: Administrator

In a 2007 white paper on Empathy in the workplace, researchers with the Center for Creative Leadership share results of a study they performed. It indicates that manager empathy is positively related to overall job performance. The paper also references a 2009 study which claims that 50% of managers are seen as poor performers or failures in their jobs. So why not teach managers to be a little more empathetic?

Thoughts Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: Well, I’m a terrific manager, so either I’ve learned to successfully compensate for my lack of empathy, or I’m incredibly empathetic and don’t even realize it!

Wanda B. Goode: Might as well try something! Selling the advantages of the softer side of management is tough, but this study should help as it points to a positive correlation to hard results.

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