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Cultivating Compassion at Work Pays Off

June 11, 2018

Compassion at work

Do you believe you are compassionate? Or is it something you could probably work on a little or promote within your team?

A special presentation on how companies can cultivate “Compassion at Every Level” is planned for the Women’s Leadership Center’s Summer Soiree, a free special event being held on June 19, 2018 at American Management Association’s New York center.

We’re celebrating summer and women’s leadership with a wine and cheese reception, networking, raffle drawings, and the talk on compassion by Leah Weiss, PhD, a researcher, lecturer, consultant, and author who teaches compassionate leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Weiss’s presentation will cover how incivility and rudeness affect companies’ profits and how compassion can be taught and learned.

Can compassion at work halt the growth of rudeness?

According to a 2017 study, “Civility in America,” 75% of Americans say incivility has risen to crisis levels and nearly 56% expect this to get worse in the next few years. Incivility at work hurts on-the-job morale, the study’s authors said in a press release. But it also affects a company financially because of turnover, non-collaboration, reduced quality in a product or service, absenteeism, and fewer recommendations as a good place to work, the press release stated.

In Weiss’s presentation, she will explain the neuroscience and physiology of compassion and show how to make changes at individual, team, and system-wide levels to increase capacities for compassion.

She believes that compassion can be taught and learned at any level within a company. Incorporating it into a workplace culture can change a toxic environment into one with cooperative teams and increased productivity and efficiency.

The first 50 arrivals at the Summer Soiree will receive a copy of Weiss’s book, How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind (Harper Wave, 2018).

The event starts at 5:30 pm with networking and a wine and cheese reception, followed by the presentation at 6 pm, then a raffle drawing at 6:45 pm. It’s free, but you must RSVP.

Additional Women’s Leadership Center events

WLC is hosting other special web and live events over the next few months, including:

  • Web Event: Impromptu Leadership — How Women Can Seize Spontaneous Moments to Lead. July 18 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET. RSVP here.
  • Webinar: Women Leaders and Powerful Communication. August 9 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET. Register here.
  • Live event: Membership Anniversary Event with featured presentation, “Show up with Power and Authenticity to Create the Success You Want.” September 19 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the NYC Conference Center. RSVP here.
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