Empathy at Work: Brené Brown Video Animation

The jury is in on emotional intelligence. It’s not just a buzzword. Ninety-two percent of the company executives surveyed in our recent study reported that culture skills are as important as — if not more important than— technical aptitude. This echoes the findings of American social psychologist and Yale University President Peter Salovey, who suggests that more emotionally intelligent individuals receive greater pay increases and hold higher company rank over time. Building technical skills is only one piece of the career growth puzzle—the intangibles are what takes you from good to great. It’s why we’ve designed our curriculum the way we have.Tech savvy is one piece of the puzzle—the intangibles are what takes you from good to great. Click To Tweet

One of the pillars of emotional intelligence is empathy.  We love this animation of Brené Brown’s talk on empathy. I’m sorry to admit that I have a habit of “silver-lining” things, as Brown describes—I think the optimist in me believes that offering “perspective” will be uplifting, but the truth is that perspective-taking is more powerful in fueling connection and strengthening relationships. This video is a great reminder of what it means to be empathetic.This Brené Brown animation shows how empathy fuels connection + sympathy drives disconnection. Click To Tweet

What do you think? How can empathy help us to be more effective teammates and leaders? How can we become more empathetic? We’d love to hear from you in the comments, below.

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Christine spreads the Startup Institute magic as Marketing Manager. The lead editor in charge of The Whiteboard, Christine's main goal is that our media hub be a digital reflection of our remarkable community—celebrating lifelong learners, innovators, and difference-makers. An alumna of the full-time program, Christine transitioned her career into marketing after four years of teaching high school English in the US and in Thailand. She is an avid contemporary and jazz dancer, a lover of cheese, and believes wholeheartedly that a life without risk is a life without gain. She is always cold; if you stop to visit her at her desk, she'll have a blanket with her—guaranteed.

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