Compassionate vision should be at the time heart of every decision a leader makes and is a key to leading people with the tools to success in their life.
Compassion is having the quality of “feeling-with” and deep empathy. Nir Golan, educational and leadership expert creates a new definition for Compassionate Vision:
Compassionate vision is based on a feeling of deep sympathy accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering, find a solution.
Compassionate vision comes from Medieval Latin passiōn- (stem of passiō) and a variant of preposition cum- with. When you sympathize with someone, you have compassion for that person, and you can build your vision around it.
Get an initial understanding of the problem. Doing it right is perhaps the most important of all the steps. Compassion is taken a step further, where a person feels empathy and then a desire to help alleviate the suffering/ need of the other person. Another way to say it is defining the right problem to solve. Having compassion for another requires one to put the other person first, imagine what the person is going through, and then consider ways in which to help the person feel better and cope.
Focus on human values and needs. Have empathy for the people, solicit user feedback, and use it in their Compassionate vision. Compassion is taken a step further, where a person feels empathy and then a desire to help alleviate the suffering of the other person.
Engage in brainstorming sessions to generate as many ideas as possible (expand the solution space).
Create Compassionate vision and share them with other people.
Test, implement, and refine the Compassionate vision.
When you sympathize with someone, you have compassion for that person, but you don’t necessarily feel his feelings. It helps you to understand the problem, and generate the ideas. Compassion is strongly linked to the principle of diversity. Collaborate with people from various backgrounds and respects their viewpoints; enable “breakthrough insights and solutions to emerge from the diversity to create a better Compassionate vision”.
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