Walking in Your Shoes | Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

August 18, 2014 6:44 PM

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Walking in Your Shoes | Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Some time ago I was coaching a woman (whom I will call Lindsay) who was struggling with a difficult situation with a colleague, Bob. After listening to her passionate and infuriated account of Bob's unreasonable and unfair behaviors, I asked her to play a game with me. She would pretend to be Bob, and I would play the role of Bob's best friend. She looked at me with a mix of confusion and suspicion, but agreed.

I asked her to close the eyes to fully get into character. She took a deep breath and started to talk as if she were Bob, to me -- his "best friend." She began to share how difficult it was to have a conversation with Lindsay, because they saw things from very different perspectives. As she slowly g...

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