Why It’s Useful to Be in Tune With Others’ Problems


One of the essential realizations of a growing young adult is the expansion of empathy towards the lives of others. We begin to realize that other people are not just obstacles presenting themselves during our daily routine, but themselves have their own routines, goals, dreams, and journeys.

Developing a sense of understanding which places you in the shoes of another is essential to attaining the trust of others. The approach of gaining people’s trust by becoming in tune with the issues that they’re dealing with and offering solutions seldom fails.

When dealing with others in the professional or business environment, always set your sights on offering solutions. There is no time, or effort to spend on points that do not lead toward a solution for the issue at hand. When another person raises an issue, be in tune, and understand it. Solve the issue as if it were your own, and provide the solution in a pleasant-sounding, easy to digest, package. 


The Concept of Strategic Empathy 

Their trust will thereby be gained, in a respectable fashion for that matter. Solving people’s problems makes them open up and tell you more problems that they have. You may use that knowledge to improve your own situation, as it would be easier to fish for secrets, uncommon knowledge, and important anecdotal experience from others. On the other hand, you may want to be careful in adopting others’ issues as if they are your own. It’s only useful to be in tune with others’ problems when you can manage to draw a direct line between helping them solve their problems and improving yourself as a result. 

Not everybody’s problems are worth thinking about. Think about the problems of people that matter to your life, including those whose problems can provide some sort of meaningful takeaways. Whether those takeaways involve moving up the corporate ladder or establishing a strong business connection, use your problem solving skills strategically to gain trust and thereby influence inside the mind of the person in question.

Solving issues is of primary concern to any form of upper management in various domains. The issues that are big enough, never fail to make it up to the top of the pyramid. Practice thinking about the bigger issues that the important people think about on a regular basis. The only way of getting to where you want to go is to practice being strategically empathetic for when you actually make it to that level. Know what it is like to solve the bigger problems of the world around you and don’t only look for issue to solve in your immediate physical surroundings. Think of the problems that are unseen, yet still important. 

Practice thinking about lawsuits, and practice thinking about important meetings. Visualize what you will say in those important meetings and strategize about the things you think would be worth strategizing over. The simplest way of achieving this is to look at reality around you, and be interested in the problems of people you want to have as peers. The longer you spend thinking about these problems the better you’ll become, and a good idea may only be a corner-turn away. Your good ideas will be rewarded with more complicated problems, and you will become respected in the circle of your choice. This is why it is important to be in tune to others’ problems. Though you may not yet be a CEO, your skills should already be sharp and polished for when you reach your desired destination. 

Book Recommendation: 

It’s Not Complicated: The Art and Science of Complexity for Business Success (Rotman-Utp Publishing)

Disclaimer of Opinion:
This article is presented only as opinion. It does not make any scientific, factual, or legal claims in any way.