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Recruitment, Pre-employment Selection and Compassion

How many employees are scared at work? Is it fear of interacting with your boss, the new guy who may replace you, or dreading being laid off as a wonderfully nice but economically redundant employee? There are plenty of daily workplace interpersonal interactions that contribute to stress, the largest area of workers compensation claims, but an area that is not …


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Elevation Mapping: Pro-Social Compassion Maps

Written by Daniel Martin, Ph.D. A few years back, I was having a conversation with a brilliant Stanford student about crime maps. He suggested that a really cool use of mapping technology would be to map compassion. I thought to myself, that is a crazy idea, how would we do that? I shrugged it off and tried not to think …


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Amplifiers and Inhibitors of Compassion in Organizations

Written by Monica Worline, Ph.D. CompassionLab’s Monica Worline, Ph.D., presented a summary of CompassionLab to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a dialogue devoted to the topic of compassion and ethics in business, co-hosted by Santa Clara University and Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education on Feb. 24, 2014. In his remarks, His Holiness commented that it is part of the human project …


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Receiving and Giving: Perspectives on Philanthropy

I recently watched Dan Palotta’s TEDTalk and later spoke with him on a conference call related to a new compassion initiative of which I am a part. His talk reminded me of a number of my own experiences and the unique perspective as an entrepreneur who made (and lost) millions, who has given away close to thirty million dollars to charity and …


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Asian Students, Plagiarism Stereotypes and Compassion

A few years ago, I had an interesting interaction with a colleague. She described the lay of the academic terrain in the following manner: “Asian students are more likely to plagiarize than White students.” When asked why, my colleague explained that this was a basic truism of academia, based on her many years of experience. This was an issue that …


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On Grudges and Forgiveness

Written By Jayanth Narayanan, PhD One of the most difficult things to do when we feel wronged upon is to forgive those who have inflicted harm on us. Great leaders are able to channel such anger to bring about social change. In fact the very reason why some leaders are thought of to be great is because of their capacity …


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Callousness Comes With a Cost

The Dalai Lama once said that “compassion is a necessity, not a luxury … without it, humanity cannot survive.” Compassion is the emotion that we feel in response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help. Philosophers, humanists, and theologians have long argued that this emotion plays a foundational role in human morality (though some, like Immanuel …


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Compassion and Business?

By Scott Kriens When first asked to speak at the upcoming Compassion and Business conference, I was struck by how seldom we hear those two words in the same sentence. Why? I think it’s because we think of compassion too abstractly, and we’re probably equally guilty in thinking of “business” too clinically. Even if we can’t count it, we all know …