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Friday 11-Febrary-11

Harmonising and sensitivity

I practiced Tai Chi for many years and one of the most central principles is harmony. In 'combat' with others, it means sensing fully where they are and moving with them as one. A key underlying skill is hence sensitivity, carefully feeling where they are. When you are in harmony, the next step is to guide them where you will, with the lightest of touches.

In the general field of changing minds and leadership in particular, a common word that is very close to harmony is 'rapport'. If you gain a close and subconscious connection with the other person, then you can again guide them. And again, sensitivity is a critical foundation.

Like physical harmony, rapport  is felt at a deep level. It is sensed more than measured. And the greater sensitivity you have, the greater rapport you can achieve.


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