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Sep 18

A Self-Compassion Primer: Mental Energy Maintenance Through Staying Present

You may have noticed that DRIVEN has been spending some serious time on the topic of self-compassion. Why, you may ask, is self-compassion so crucial to a professional’s success? The answer resides in neurochemistry. If you’re not kind to yourself,…
Sep 12

Cracking The Kindness Code: The Quest To Define Self-Compassion

In our exploration of emotional intelligence, the big questions lately have been, “How do we develop compassion?”, and more specifically, “What is the magical ‘fourth step’ that bridges us from empathy to the mutually beneficial state of compassion?”. In a…
Sep 05

Evolution or Revolution?: A Darwinian Take On Compassion

In our quest to understand empathy as a pure and fundamental component of emotional intelligence, it’s necessary to make the comparison between empathy and compassion. In my recent article Reconsidering Empathy: The Neuroscience of Compassion, I clinically differentiated between the…
Aug 28

Reconsidering Empathy: A Look At The Neuroscience of Compassion

In our methodical exploration of empathy, which is one of the key components of emotional intelligence, we’ve distinguished empathy from sympathy, and we’ve considered ways to zoom out from our own life perspective in order to contemplate the countless other…
Aug 21

“You’re Not Alone.”: Why Practicing Empathy Requires Going Inward

Understanding the components of empathy and how they connect us emotionally and intellectually is a distinguished exercise in emotional intelligence. Putting empathy into practice is a whole different ballgame and is a true accomplishment for those of us who can…
Aug 15

“If I Understand You Correctly,….”: How The Pros Put Empathy Into Practice

All summer long, we’ve been examining empathy as part of a greater overall study of emotional intelligence in the workplace. We’ve distinguished empathy from sympathy, we’ve demonstrated how empathy applies to your career, and we’ve shown the undisputed connection between…
Aug 08

Gauging Your Personal Microclimate: How Bias Can Be Elusive

Men are from Mars and women are from Venus. It’s been said a million times and was written about extensively by John Gray in his 1992 book of a similar title. And if you read my recent article What Planet…
Aug 02

What Planet Are You From? Dissecting Gender-Derived Bias At Work

Personal bias is a tough topic to approach. Even those of us who can acknowledge that we see the world through the filter of our own life experiences are still often unable to reckon with our partiality. We sometimes see…
Jul 25

Gauging Personal Bias: How We’re Blinded By Experience

Many of us consider bias to be an ugly trait, even when we’re referring to our own biases. But rather than suppressing our individual biases, it’s a wise idea to investigate them and learn to be aware of how these…
Jul 19

Expanding On Empathy: Why Bias Is Part of Your “Terroir”

Practicing Empathy is difficult because each of us experiences our own reality. This often reduces empathy to a nice-to-have, when in actuality, for a sustainable workplace where inclusion is built into the culture, empathy is a need-to-have. In my recent…