Inspirational Infusion

#91 — October 1, 2016

When we’re looking for compassion, we need someone who is deeply rooted,
is able to bend and, most of all, embraces us
for our strengths and struggles.

— Brené Brown

Greetings, Inspired Travelers!

Think back to the last time you read - or wrote - a job description. Was Compassion listed as a requirement? Hmmm… probably not. We don’t tend to think of compassion as a skill or even a necessary characteristic of a successful employee. Perhaps we should adjust our thinking. And our requirements.

As a loyal reader, you know me well enough by now to know that I don’t believe that people enter the workday trying to think of things that will tick people off and make the day more difficult; and yet, that frequently happens. Why? The question begs to be asked if we really believe in the goodness of people and their desire to succeed.

I believe it comes down to corporate culture. Can we shift our thinking and our trust in data that connects the engagement of our employees with the bottom line? If our workplaces - and all of those who lead them - could really commit to this connection, life would be better for everyone - the customer, the company and our co-workers. And compassion may just be the missing link.

Can we:

Treat “failure” as a learning opportunity and stop shaming?
Build camaraderie instead of competition?
Admit that accountability is a two-way street and celebrate the good while correcting the mistakes?

Compassion, like everything else in this life, is a matter of choice, not chance. Can we make the choice to offer compassion along with constructive criticism?

Things often don’t go as we had hoped and planned. Let’s take a deep breath, reflect and address the situation with compassionate honesty and recognize that we are all trying to do the best we can. One day at a time.

Have an Inspirational Day!


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