You don’t have to search far to discover all that is being written about increased complexity in today’s business world. At the top of the list come issues such as managing interconnections and interdependencies – many of which cross traditional boundaries of language, culture and commercial norms. Networked technologies and social media mean that we cannot any longer ignore diverse stakeholder opinions. Old assumptions that power will prevail are no longer true – so is empathy the new source of strength?
Good contracts and commercial relationships have always depended on a readiness to listen and understand the perspectives of others. I think this used to be a skill that many contracts, commercial and legal staff possessed. Unfortunately, the imposition of rules, standards and compliance have transformed the discipline to one of imposition, rather than understanding. And this regularly undermines the value we can offer. It is time for commercial staff to develop their skills in empathy. And then we would be welcome members of every project team.
Source: Blog Commitment Matters Is empathy a key commercial instinct?