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‘I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’

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If a Coach is someone who teaches us how to be Excellent @ something, Empathy (The Practice) is Hearing what people are Feeling and Seeing what people are Needing, & Conflict Resolution is showing people how to see the Yes, Please, & Love, in every message (internally and externally), thi

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In Summer 2013, a graduation speech given by the idiosyncratic novelist, short-story genius and children’s author George Saunders went viral.

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With touching detail, Shaun Tan's picture book tells the story of a migrant family, seeking refuge and asylum in a strange new city. By depicting this new city as an alienating, science-fiction world, Tan performs a neat trick on our empathy glands.

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The true story of a girl growing up in residential care. Her resilience shines through. It will hopefully inspire other children growing up in residential care to aspire to be more than a statistic. 

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I was hugely impressed when I came across Malaria, Poems. This collection really is a moving and powerful feat of the empathic imagination. Poems such as 'Still Born' take us into minds and lives that most of us barely or rarely think about, and the result is both shocking and inspiring.

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In 1985, Salva Dut became one of 1,500 of Sudan’s famous “Lost Boys” for 11 long years, walking countless miles east to Ethiopia and later south to Kenya to live in refugee camps much like prisons.

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George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) was a great believer in the power of empathy to move her readers. Back when she was writing in the 19th century, empathy was generally known as ‘sympathy’.

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This is a classic short-story from Ursula Le Guin, one of the greatest sci-fi writers ever. You can find it in her collection The Wind’s Twelve Quarters. It’s not long but it has a powerful empathic message at the heart of it.

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There are people who describe themselves (and others) as ‘a bit Aspergers,’ but Christopher, the protagonist of Mark Haddon’s classic young adult crossover novel, is the real deal; a teenage maths genius who can’t even interpret emotions when they’re expressed in sad or smiley faces on paper.

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