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The Value of Compassion in Business

What if compassion not only was compatible with running a business, but could actually be an asset?

Often times, business is viewed as an undertaking that should not be hampered by emotion or personal views. Personal issues do not belong in the workplace, distance should be kept between coworkers. Only strategies that produce the desired outcome – product, profit, market position, stock price – are important, and feelings shouldn’t get in the way. Nothing personal, it’s just business.

Compassion has several definitions, but generally it is the feeling of empathy for others that motivates a desire to help, with varying degrees of passion. However, there is also a rational element to compassion when it is examined in relation to fairness, justice, and interdependence. It is especially this last part that may prove useful in business.

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