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Awakening Compassion At Work with Monica Worline

By Michelle McQuaid

Monica Worline is an organizational psychologist, speaker, author, and the founder and CEO of Alive and Work, an organization that teaches businesses how to tap into courageous thinking, compassionate leadership, and the curiosity to bring their best work to life. In this conversation, you will hear Monica Worline describe the importance of compassion, specifically within organizations.  Monica shares components of her personal blueprint for compassion that she explains, in-depth in her upcoming book, Awakening Compassion at Work.   Business leaders may resist compassion in their organization because it’s perceived as “soft”, but Monica shares that research shows that embracing compassion can positively impact the business financially.  Monica also describes the dilemmas that organization leaders can face when embracing compassion in the workplace. Connect with Monica Worline Website - or TheCompassionLab.comTwitter - @monicaworline You’ll Learn: [02:02] - Monica talks about compassion and shares how compassion is different than empathy. [03:52] - Business leaders often feel that compassion is too soft to be relevant to their bottom line and Monica explains how research shows that compassion impacts the things that cost businesses money. [06:34] -  Monica describes the personal blueprint for compassion. [12:06] - Monica talks about how organizations can implement compassion into the system. [17:43] - Monica talks about the fears that leaders experience when considering compassion. [19:04] - Monica shares how stories can help build compassionate workplaces. [21:00] - Monica recently worked with an organization to help them create a more compassionate environment and she talks about working with them through stories. [22:51] - Monica explains how practitioners and researchers need to realize that compassion is not fast or easy in workplaces. She explains that it leads to many dilemmas for leaders. [25:40] - The Lightning Round with Monica Worline Your Resources: Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power That Elevates People and Organizations - Monica Worline and Jane E Dutton Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfuilling Life - Todd B. Kashdan Talk of Love: How Culture Matters - Ann Swindler Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.   Also, please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them. And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free! Special thanks to Monica for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

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