We just recently discovered a wonderful app that offers you a daily routine to help you feel a little more connected to the rest of humanity. The app is called Daily Haloha, and I am so appreciative to have found it. After only a week of engaging, I can’t wait for each day’s fill in the blank.
Our first thoughts after attending this year’s Compassion in Action Healthcare Conference, which brought 600 leaders from around the globe to address urgent challenges in the healthcare system and collaborate on solutions by putting compassion at the core of practice for patients, providers, systems and institutions.
When you work for a challenging boss, especially one who does not treat those who work for them in a humane manner, it can be particularly hard to view that harsh boss as a fellow human. Starting from a place of shared humanity is the single most important step you can take to help your boss grow into a more compassionate leader.
When we are triggered by a co-worker, boss, friend, stranger, or family member, we tend to think “they” are wrong, “they” are rude, “they” are uncaring, or “they” are mean. We tend to focus on the difference between “us” and “them,” which increases a sense of separation. Yet, there is a more compassionate approach to dealing with the challenges that confront us every day.
At The Center for Compassionate Leadership, we believe that feedback and communication are critical tools to improve team performance by creating psychologically safe work environments, and developing shared goals and objectives within the team. Knowing how to best give feedback can be hard, and the recommendations about how to do so are far from consistent.
Many people think that leadership and compassion don’t belong together. In reality, they strengthen and complement each other. Leaders who lead with compassion get better results, and the compassion we so profoundly need in this world will be developed most effectively if our leaders are acting compassionately and spreading compassion.