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The People Dividend Podcast

Dec 21, 2021

Welcome to another episode of The Authentic Change Podcast, I am Mike Horne, your host and I am delighted to be joined today by Laurel Donnellan. Laurel helps professionals do work they love and organizations provide lovable work. She interviews extraordinary leaders from all sectors on The Compassionate Leaders Circle Podcast and is a leadership contributor at In today’s episode, Laurel dives deep into the meaning of compassion and how to put it into practice not only in regard to others but also in respect to the planet. Laurel also outlines the benefits of fostering a compassionate culture and shares priceless key lessons about compassion.


Key Takeaways:

[2:04] Laurel talks about the origins of The Compassionate Leaders Circle.

[3:41] Laurel shares her thoughts about compassion not just in regards to people but also related to the planet.

[6:10] Is compassion a value, an emotion, a feeling, or all of that?

[8:20] Laurel explains how authenticity and integrity are associated with actions.

[10:42] A first place to start is identifying what you are worried about.

[10:53] Laurel talks about the three kinds of compassion that need to exist to have a compassionate culture: Self-compassion, vulnerability, and compassion for others.

[12:47] How is compassion manifested in terms of leadership?

[15:25] You can’t be authentic and say “Everything is fine”.

[17:50] What are the benefits that arise from fostering a compassionate culture?

[19:41] What are the key lessons that Laurel shares about compassion?

[20:19] Compassion can be fierce or gentle.

[21:09] Compassion can be learned, you don’t have to be born compassionate.

[21:56] Laurel describes her life in compassion.


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Tweetables and quotes:

Compassion is preventing or alleviating suffering.”

It is hard to be authentic when you don’t know what turns you on.”

If you are making everyone happy, you are not telling the truth.”