Empathy Talks

A podcast about life’s most important soft skill: empathy.

In each episode, we talk to a well-known business leader to find out what empathetic leadership really looks like.  We unpack why empathy is so important, and learn why having it  — in life and business — is more important than ever.  We also deep-dive into those tough leadership moments where you need to lead with empathy to get it right.

Empathy Talks Podcast

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How to become an empathetic leader

Who doesn’t love an honest founder who talks openly about their leadership style? Find out how Brent Pearson, founder and CEO of global success story, Enboarder, used a dose of self awareness (and a good sounding board) to teach himself empathy.

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Empathy (and why we have two ears and one mouth)

For global Career and Leadership Coach, Claire Seeber, good leadership is empathy, and without it, you won’t (and can’t) have teams that thrive. Learn why she believes that good leaders have to carve out time to genuinely listen — even over Zoom.

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Are empathy and high performance mutually exclusive?

Hear from tech unicorn stalwart turned venture capitalist, David Shein about what he does and says to make sure people love coming to work everyday. And, find out how one word changes the way he connects with his team.

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CEO Virgin Unite - Why empathy starts with the power of listening

Find out how Archbishop Desmond Tutu taught our latest guest, Jean Oelwang, CEO of Virgin Unite, that empathy is not about control – it’s about service.

Plus, discover how compassionate empathy is about more than listening, it’s about acting too.

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Why I hope there's no Mardi Grads in 20 years time: Albert Kruger, CEO Mardi Gras

Find out more about his sometimes controversial vision and his advice for organisations to take baby steps to create safe and empathetic spaces so everyone can be their authentic selves.

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If you haven’t got authenticity, you’re screwed (according to an entrepreneur)

Find out why Rob Philpot says keeping it real is the difference between a mediocre and a great leader, and who he considers to be the most empathetic leaders – and why.

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When empathy is part of your business DNA

How the queen of flowers, Hannah Spilva of LVLY fame, built a global success story based on empathy.

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Why empathy and psychological safety go hand in glove

Hear from Malia Forner, partner at EY, about how empathy and psychological safety are like twin pillars that help create thriving teams. And find out why vulnerability is a superpower.

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Why empathy is like a muscle you need to build (and how to build it)

According to workplace culture specialist and founder of Ignite Consulting, Beverly Simpson, empathy is a skill that can be honed over time – whether it comes naturally or not. Find out why and how.

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