Empathy Decathlon

Get your butt to practice!

We practice, like athletes, to build our emotional intelligence muscles. Guided by the Empathy Decathlon Practice Book, you are coached through 10 skills that help you build self-empathy and empathy for others so that you can better utilize human-centered design tools like the Design Thinking process. Just like the athletic Decathlon, some Empathy Decathlon skills will exhaust you while others will require you to be focused and nimble. We are here to help you become a better individual, team player, community member, and Empathy Decathlete.

First, what is a decathlon?

A decathlon is a 2 day, 10 event track and field adventure. All athletes that take on the challenge dedicate time and continuous practice to continually improve their abilities across each event.


What is an Empathy Decathlon?

It’s definitely not as painful as a 1500m, yet it challenges each participant to practice skills that might feel uncomfortable at first. An Empathy Decathlon consists of 10 different empathy focused skills that build off of each other. The first 5 skills are dedicated to self exploration and the second 5 skill are dedicated to collaboration. Together, they help individuals and teams practice self empathy, collaborative empathy, and leadership empathy.

First 5 Skills

The first 5 skills are dedicated to “me” skill building. Here we will explore your inner workings and what makes you tick in the present time. Eventually, we will bring you to the point of listening, taking in the world, and starting the process of empathetic listening. The foundations here set you up for the second 5 events that deal with “we”.


  1. Energy
  2. Baggage
  3. Self Awareness
  4. Personal Inventory
  5. Listen (used to be Hear)

Second 5 Skills

The second 5 skills are dedicated to “we” skill building. With the base that you’ve built over the past 5 skill building practices, we will now directly apply this foundation to skills that involve more that one person. As we move through the second 5 skills, it will be crucial to continue doing the first 5. This is where it gets difficult, uncomfortable, and rewarding.


  1. Share (used to be Respond)
  2. Ask why
  3. Confirm findings
  4. Support and critique
  5. Lead

Practice to be an Empathy Decathlete with us!

The work in progress Empathy Decathlon Practice Book! More here.

We are building out the Empathy Decathlon Practice Book as we speak and will be looking for individuals and teams to join the practice come September 2020. If you are game, let us know below!


Get on the Empathy Decathlon roster! Practice pricing, levels, schedules, and other goodies to be announced by the end of August 2020.