December Hot Take: Are You Outsourcing Empathy?

Welcome the final Hot Take of 2023! In this final Hot Take of the year, I’ll share a bit about how to find joy in what can feel like a dark, bleak time in the world and what empathy calls us to be for others. And I share an anecdote from my 9-year-old son that prompted me to think about how some leaders are being a bit lazy when it comes to reaping the benefits of empathetic cultures.

Have a wonderful holiday season and here’s to more empathy, joy, and peace in our world in 2024!

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Key Takeaways:

  • Empathy needs to be woven into the way we interact with each other, it cannot be outsourced to HR as the one person for empathy. 
  • Seek out ways to find ways to bring empathy, kindness, and joy into your own home, work, and community this holiday season and beyond. 
  • 2024 promises us another chance to engage, connect, and love. Let’s use it for those purposes and make creating genuine relationships one of our goals for the new year.


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