Why Having Empathy is Nonnegotiable

Why Having Empathy is Nonnegotiable

For me, empathy is all about removing barriers to understand where someone else is coming from (even if I don’t always agree with them) by choosing to see THEIR feelings, thoughts, and experiences from THEIR perspective versus my own. Similarly, it’s also being understood on the same level by my colleagues, friends, and family members.

How to Connect on LinkedIn like a Boss

How to Connect on LinkedIn like a Boss

ik Tok, LinkedIn is a different kind of social networking site in that it’s designed solely for professional networking. In other words, the things that fly on other social media platforms most likely won’t pass here. So whether you’re updating your profile photo, sharing a post, or sending a welcome message, remember to keep things professional. This does not mean you cannot share your personality. It simply means that there is a different strategy here than on other networks.

be your own CEO

Background
I recently had a one on one with a senior vice president at my company. The topic of conversation was how I felt about some changes happening with my product team. At one point, I said that my work strategy is to “actively curate my work experience and life.” His eyebrows rose a bit and he seemed a bit taken aback. this philosophy encompasses having a specific idea of what I would like to learn as well as other desired outcomes. I realized that most of my colleagues probably approach him with a very different attitude about their work life. This realization is the basis of this post.

Making Changes
I truly believe that you can work with a lot of great people and still hate what you do every day. The reverse is also possible. I have worked in both of these scenarios professionally. For years, I would become discouraged and simply not offer my best work each day. Upon acknowledging this fact 5 years ago, I decided to adopt a few personal principles to help me exercise more control over my worklife:

Focus on Being a Leader Daily.
Invest in 1 Activity Weekly to Better Yourself.
Participate in Forums and Groups.
Foster Great Professional Relationships.
Make the Most of Every Opportunity

Examples
It is important to understand that many of the tasks I take on to help me achieve these principles are not huge under takings. However, I drive myself to do them each day to meet my own standards. Here are a few of the activities:

I listen to at least 1 professional, financial, or political podcast a day..
I volunteer for a non-profit at least quarterly.
I maintain a blog to keep my writing skills sharp.
I actively participate in conversations daily on Quora, The Academy, StackOverflow, and Linkedin.
I routinely talk to personal and professional mentors to receive feedback.
I take on additional projects at work that fall outside of my role.

Conclusion
By implementing these 5 principles, I am able to enjoy my day to day work. Even more importantly, my new and improved attitude and enjoyment of my work has led to numerous opportunities. In under 2 years, I have almost doubled my salary, picked up additional income sources from consulting, and been asked to lead major development endeavors with prominent non-profit organizations. This success is not a matter of “luck.” This success stems from my decision to be the CEO of my life.

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