- By Samuel Thambusamy
- Published 12/1/2008
Samuel Thambusamy’s interests are in Popular Culture, Theology and Politics. He has a Master of Theology (M.Th) degree from the Senate of Serampore University. He has served in a wide range of ministries such as children, youth, church and development ministries. He is now involved with Wisdomtree and reaches out to young people through cultural apologetics. He lives with his wife Lanusenla and daughter Vandana Yujasola in Chennai, India
Ever wondered why people just can't get it! Ever wondered why some people make such a mess even if it is so simple and straightforward? Tim Kelley (in his book The art of Innovation) talks about the need for "Empathy Check". There's no point in blaming people for being dumb. The key to success understand, "what went wrong?" Why are people unable to get it right?
People are just people. We need to make a periodic " empathy check". What is empathy check? Empathy check is all about listening to those who can't get it. It's really about finding our purpose. Empathy check works at two levels. Firstly, it helps us to re-visit our vision.
Secondly, It helps us to understand a) why are we in this work? b) To whom is our services targeted? c) What needs are we trying to fulfill?
Sometimes, We are so preoccupied with fulfilling needs, responding to the competition, and adapting to change that we forget "people" whom we are called to serve. If our engagement does not touch people, it will not have any impact. It makes no sense to be speaking and doing things when we do not serve real people and their real needs. We need to factor the human component in our engagement and engage in periodic "empathy checks".