Written by Susan Greene.
Mention compassion to some leaders, and they recoil, visualizing a slide into poor productivity, lower performance and organizational entropy. The reality is quite different. Compassion isn’t a fluffy soft skill but courageous action that powerfully impacts organizations.
As a coach, I work with executives and entrepreneurs on global leadership and healthy organizational development. So, as a way to increase my expertise and compassion for others and for myself, I enrolled in Stanford’s eight-week program Compassion Cultivation Training. Sponsored by their School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), it attracts educators, healthcare practitioners, business leaders and, now, me.
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