Aaron Hurst: How Technology Helps You Scale Empathy and Ignite Engagement

How can you design high empathy interactions to create better relationships at work….at scale? Today, I’m talking with Aaron Hurst, the foremost expert on the science of purpose and fulfillment at work, about successful cultures and how technology enables empathy and collaboration so each person can find fulfillment. 

We discuss the important early role of empathy in Aaron’s life, through his grandfather’s work founding the Peace Corps. Aaron dispels the 3 common myths about purpose (you may be surprised by a few of these), and we talk about what employee empowerment really means. This conversation is vital if you are a leader looking to create a winning culture, retain your best talent, and scale empathy and collaboration within your company.

Key Takeaways:

  • Take ownership of purpose. It is not about the cause, it is about you. 
  • Our mindset and how we process the world is actually what creates the fulfillment and not necessarily the job itself, or what we’re doing. 
  • If your purpose is defined in a way in which it creates a fixed mindset about what jobs you can do, it’s not the right mission or purpose.
  • It’s very rare that someone’s issues at work have anything to do with anything other than relationships.

“What creates meaning for people, is actually not the work itself. It’s the process of reflecting on the work and making it meaningful.” —  Aaron Hurst

About Aaron Hurst: CEO and co-founder, Imperative

Aaron Hurst, the CEO and co-founder of Imperative, is the foremost expert on the science of purpose and fulfillment at work. Imperative is a peer coaching platform that uses the power of peers to support each other over time to become increasingly effective and fulfilled. The science-backed platform combines the effectiveness of coaching with the impact of building trusted peer networks that are proven to build resilient and high performing cultures. In 2014, he brought global awareness to the rise of the fourth economic era in history, the Purpose Economy. Previously, as the founder of the Taproot Foundation, Aaron catalyzed the $15 billion pro bono service market. He has written for or been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, World Economic Forum, Fast Company, MIT Sloan Management Review and was named a LinkedIn Influencer.

Connect with Aaron Hurst and Imperative:  

Website: https://www.imperative.com/

Aaron on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronhurst/

Imperative’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/imperative/

Imperative’s 2022 Workforce Purpose Index: https://www.imperative.com/2022-workforce-purpose-index

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