I n today's hectic business world where we often feel we are running against the clock, it can be easy to lose sight of extending empathy and kindness toward others. Standing in line, sitting in traffic gridlock...waiting to hurry up and get the next task done. Showing kindness, and patience are often left to the wayside. I recently met with a successful business woman who operates a technology company in the twin cities. "We do business with people, not businesses" she noted. It's simple, and true. We can't undervalue the importance of developing connections with people. And kindness is a great place to start in growing your network of connections. Be kind, be patient, and slow down - you might just find your people skills and resulting sphere of influence flourish!