The Transformative Power of Kindness and Compassion
For us creative professionals, our world is often driven by competition and bottom-line success and kindness and compassion can seem like completely foreign concepts in the workplace. But just imagine their transformative power in creating environments where fear takes a backseat.
Kindness: More Than Just Niceness
Kindness in the workplace goes beyond just being nice. It’s about showing genuine interest and care. I once saw one of my CEO clients take the time to ask about a team member’s family, remembering their names and details. This simple act of kindness eased the employee’s anxiety and fostered a sense of belonging.
Compassion: Understanding Beyond Surface
Compassion is about connecting with another on a human level, regardless of who they are (or aren’t) to you. Empathy and understanding play huge roles in the vehicle to compassion. It’s about seeing beyond a colleague’s surface behavior to their struggles. As I often remind my clients, our CoMuse Community and myself: everyone is struggling with something, and we may never know what it’s about or how much. Make space to understand and connect with others knowing this and it will deepen your connection.
Kindness and compassion can turn the workplace into a sanctuary where fear is replaced with trust and understanding. It starts with you and me– one act of kindness, one moment of compassion, at a time.