- The first form of sympathy is one that I tried to offer at work this week. On Thursday, our firm completed its upward evaluation process in which employees have the opportunity to evaluate management. In those instances where I had constructive feedback for people, I made sure to follow its name and make the suggestions "constructive." I put myself in the other's shoes. For example, I know that I appreciate examples when someone offers me feedback so I made sure to include specific instances to help the evaluatees understand my thoughts. I tried to be sympathetic to their ideas - what would best allow them the opportunity to use my feedback?
- The second form of sympathy I saw this week was by observing others. I had the opportunity to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting with my dad. In other words, I enjoyed the friendly banter of Warren and Charlie for a few hours on Saturday! My dad told me as we walked in that this meeting is often called the "Woodstock" of shareholder meetings. I was amazed at how candid these richer-than-rich men were with the people in the room. They answered question after question from everyday people such as myself. And they do this every year. I see no better way to be "sympathetic" to others' ideas and desires than to know firsthand what those ideas and desires are for people. Bravo, Warren Buffet. You are a true Dale Carnegie graduate (and for the record, Warren did mention his Dale Carnegie certificate in the annual video this year.)!
|The Dale Carnegie certificate that hangs on the wall in Warren Buffet's office!|