Self-compassion at work?

USA, New Jersey, Jersey City, Young woman working in office. Image shot 2011. Exact date unknown.

The idea of compassion or kindness in the workplace may seem odd. All companies are – and must be – driven by the profit motive. Government agencies are being asked to do more with less than ever. And with this comes a culture centred around working hard, and as a manager, making ‘rational’, ‘tough’ decisions. Performance and productivity are king…

Minding your mindset: how to survive a crisis at work

Crisis

When was the last time you had a tough setback at work? Maybe it was missing a critical project milestone. Or getting some tough feedback from a manager. Worst of all, of course, is losing your job. From time-to-time we get hit with a crisis – and sometimes it feels like they’ve all come at once! The question is: how to respond?…

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  • October 10, 2014 at 6:17 am
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    Love the blog, James! I particularly like how your examples bring stress and stress-response into an everyday context. It does seem that the mindful state holds the key.

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    • October 10, 2014 at 7:41 am
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      Thanks Ruth. Yes, mindfulness is central in all this. The difference seems to be in being ‘with’ difficult thoughts and feelings, rather than avoiding them…

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  • October 10, 2014 at 10:25 pm
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    Great article James! Recently just finished reading that book by Carol Dweck and being applying some of the principles. It is amazing how big a shift you experience in your stress levels just looking at your challenges in a different light! Good luck with your ongoing research!

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    • October 13, 2014 at 2:24 am
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      Yep, it’s interesting how such basic beliefs can lead to such different and significant outcomes (eg, how much a person learns at school). The other almost more interesting thing is that these basic mindsets can be changed – and pretty easily too.

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