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Kathy Brown    

I’m a big reader.  I love to read.  I always have.  As a child, I spent hours and hours reading in my room.  As an adult, my favorite vacations are the ones with no plans and a ton of books in my Kindle app.

I’ve been told I’m “too empathetic”.  I’m not sure that’s possible, except that I am easily heartbroken over matters that aren’t mine.  I know correlation doesn’t mean causation.  And I’m not saying people that don’t read have no empathy.  However, I think the more you read, the more opportunity you have to see into other people’s feelings.  Even if (maybe even especially if) it’s fictional.  I’ve spent my life reading about other people’s lives, feelings, and motivations.  It certainly helps me apply those in real life when I see other people.  I can imagine their lives, feelings, and motivations.  I can know they are different than my own and try to understand them.  That’s empathy, people.

I recently read “A Man Called Ove” (which incidentally was a LOVELY book).  It’s about an old, grumpy, Swedish guy.  When I first started it, I wondered if it was the book for me.  I mean, we couldn’t be more different, right?  I’m so glad I stuck with it.  It demonstrates perfectly that you might think you understand someone’s motivation and feelings and think you have nothing in common and you would be completely wrong.  That you could have a lot in common with someone you think is totally different than you.

Want more empathy?  Pick up a book.



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Mon, Feb 13th 2017 7:23p   Kathy Brown
IBM Connect 2017 is just a week away.  I’ll be there and look forward to learning new stuff and meeting new people.  In addition to attending sessions and networking events, John Head and I will available to meet with YOU to discuss your collaboration roadmap.  And thanks to our partnership with LDC, we will also be the onsite representatives for LDC Via. If you’d like to meet with us, then go check out what we’re offering and sign up here, connect17.psclistens.com!
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Thu, Jan 19th 2017 3:50p   Kathy Brown
Okay, it’s a secret in that I’m not blogging it, but it’s not so secret, in that all you have to do is reach out to me ( @IamKathyBrown on most social media ) or any other IBM Champion of your choice, for a $100 discount to attend IBM Connect 2017. If you read this in time, you can also listen to the ICS Community call this morning at 10AM ET (link), where they will discuss “What To Expect at IBM Connect”.  If you miss it, they usually record it.
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Wed, Dec 7th 2016 9:15p   Kathy Brown
I recently plasti-dipped my side mirror caps on my new MINI.  I posted pics in various places online and several people asked “What’s Plasti Dip?” So, PlastiDip is “an air-dry rubber coating”.  Originally used to cover tool handles by dipping them in the substance.  Then people started dipping their car tire rims, then other parts of the car.  PlastiDip now comes in cans, so you can spray it on almost anything.  Why is it so great?  Because it peels off.  Dec




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