“Eye Measure”

4. Nunchi / 눈치 / (NONE-chee)

Nunchi is a Korean word. It directly translates as “eye measure”.

Popularized in western circles by the book The Power of Nunchi, it comprises a dynamic of emotional understanding which American’s seem yet to master.

Korea throughout its history, has often been in a vulnerable position geopolitically. On the world stage, it’s stuck between China and Japan. Two well respected military forces.

Because of this, they often needed to deploy a means of diplomacy that wasn’t as flashy as their neighbor states who boasted nuclear arsenals, long-range missiles, and vast standing armies.

In short, Nunchi was developed as a means to survive.

My definition, is to take in an added sense of others.

Being able to read a room upon entering, or sense the power dynamics of a board meeting are two examples that can give us an inkling into what it means to possess Nunchi.

Full disclosure, I’m terrible at this – so be forewarned, these insights are second hand.

Though from what I gather, Nunchi is a skillset that when coupled with a knack for hospitality, allowed a tiny nation to gain a seat at the table of international conversations.

Perhaps it wouldn’t hurt for us to give it a try.

And yes, we know these things intellectually.

But in order for us to evolve, we need to move past theory, and into practice.

Learn about yourself. Today.

Maybe, start here?

Published by Toso

I like big ideas and I cannot lie.

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