Adding empathy to your talent stack.
There are a lot of prejudices with respect to Engineers and IT people. Too much numbers and process driven, very structured --> just numbers, data and facts. I assume you know what I am talking about? Either when you are an Engineer/IT person or these are the clients you have to work with on a regular basis 😉.
You should not be worried, as this is something you can learn and get better with over time. Learning by doing --> it all starts with your awareness that a change is required. I found an article about "How to Be Empathetic: 8 Tips to Show Love to Friends, Colleagues and Family" that could be a good starting point? See https://personalexcellence.co/blog/empathy/ and give it a try, it does not hurt.
Next week Tuesday I am going to be on the road for the FRANKURT DELL EMC FORUM 2017. Main topic will be Realize Digital Transformation with some industry leaders in the digital transformation area and from large transformation projects (see https://www.dellemc.com/de-de/events/dellemc-forum/frankfurt/agenda-sessions.htm for details, sorry only in German). Will be interesting to see their approaches and to listen to their experience.
An interesting number from my right placement activities. So far I did contact 750 people and could introduce 7 candidates to the company I am currently searching for. This is a 1 to 100 ratio. This number was also confirmed in a webcast I listened to yesterday about recruitment strategies for tomorrow and which approaches will be successful in 2017. So any idea or change that can reduce the ratio to 1 to 50 for example, will save a lot of time and bring a lot of additional benefit.
New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can't be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along! Arthur C. Clarke, English - Writer December 16, 1917 - March 19, 2008
Studies have shown that 90% of error in thinking is due to error in perception. If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion and this can lead to new ideas. Edward de Bono, English - Psychologist Born: May 19, 1933