M&A transactions and practical empathy

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I was reminded of what Seth Godin said about practical empathy in a podcast while I was in a meeting that went on for hours to discuss an M&A transaction.

It may not be verbatim. It went along the lines of β€œπ˜±π˜¦π˜°π˜±π˜­π˜¦ π˜₯π˜°π˜―β€™π˜΅ 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘩𝘒𝘡 𝘺𝘰𝘢 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸, π˜₯π˜°π˜―β€™π˜΅ 𝘸𝘒𝘯𝘡 𝘸𝘩𝘒𝘡 𝘺𝘰𝘢 𝘸𝘒𝘯𝘡, π˜₯π˜°π˜―β€™π˜΅ 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘒𝘡 𝘺𝘰𝘢 𝘴𝘦𝘦. π˜›π˜©π˜¦π˜Ί 𝘩𝘒𝘷𝘦 𝘒 𝘯𝘰π˜ͺ𝘴𝘦 π˜ͺ𝘯 𝘡𝘩𝘦π˜ͺ𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘒π˜₯ π˜΅π˜©π˜’π˜΅β€™π˜΄ π˜₯π˜ͺ𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘡 𝘡𝘩𝘒𝘯 𝘡𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘰π˜ͺ𝘴𝘦 π˜ͺ𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘢𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘒π˜₯ 𝘒𝘯π˜₯ π˜΅π˜©π˜’π˜΅β€™π˜΄ 𝘰𝘬𝘒𝘺.”

Understand that people come with different experience and background. What one person sees as commonly done may not be so for another person. An issue that one person views as important may seem to be a non-issue to another person. Having a little bit of empathy put things into perspective.


This post was first posted on Linkedin on 30 September 2022.

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