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The Compassionate Achiever: How Helping Others Fuels Success
Christopher L. Kukk
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Format: Hardcover, 256pp.
Pub. Date: March 7, 2017
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A powerful, practical guide for cultivating compassion—the scientifically proven foundation for personal achievement and success at work, at home, and in the community.
For decades, we’ve been told the key to prosperity is to look out for number one. But recent science shows that to achieve durable success, we need to be more than just achievers; we need to be compassionate achievers.
New research in biology, neuroscience, and economics have found that compassion—recognizing a problem or caring about another’s pain and making a commitment to help—not only improves others’ lives; it can transform our own. Based on the most recent studies from a wide range of fields, The Compassionate Achiever reveals the profound benefits of practicing compassion including more constructive relationships, improved intelligence, and increased resiliency. To help us achieve these benefits, Christopher L. Kukk, the founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation, shares his unique 4-step program for cultivating compassion.
Kukk makes clear that practicing compassion isn’t about being a martyr or a paragon of virtue; it’s about rejecting rage and indifference and choosing instead to be a thoughtful, caring problem-solver. He identifies the skills every compassionate achiever should master—listening, understanding, connecting, and acting—and outlines how to develop each, with clear explanations, easy-to-implement strategies, actionable exercises, and real-world examples.
With the The Compassionate Achiever everyone wins—we can each achieve success in our own lives and create more productive workplaces, and healthier, less violent communities.
To help us attain these benefits, Christopher L. Kukk, Ph.D., the founding director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation, shares his unique program for cultivating compassion. He identifies the four skills every compassionate achiever should master . . .
• LISTENING to identify the problem or challenge
• UNDERSTANDING to discover what options can help
• CONNECTING to capabilities that can address the issue or obstacle
• ACTING to solve
. . . and outlines how to develop each with clear explanations, easy-to-implement strategies, actionable exercises, and real-world examples.
With The Compassionate Achiever we can achieve success in our own lives and create more productive workplaces and healthier, less violent communities.
“An inspiration and a treasure. Providing practical ways to nourish compassion, it offers an empowering action plan for success, understanding, and healing. I know it will have a meaningful impact on the teachers with whom I work and the community and nation at large.”
—Maya Soetoro-Ng, founder, Ceeds of Peace and Director of Community Outreach and Global Learning, Matsunaga Institute for Peace
“A must-read…Compassion drives kindness and teamwork and leads to problem solving and ultimately, success…. Educators, healthcare workers, grassroots organizers alike need to share these principles. Business people and faith leaders need to mentor these skills-we all do.”
—Marilyn Turkovich, Director, Charter for Compassion International
“Compassion benefits the giver and the receiver. Relationships prolong lives and are what we are all here to experience. Love is the only thing of permanence. Read The Compassionate Achiever and learn to be compassionate to yourself, your body, and all life.”
—Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of The Art of Healing and A Book of Miracles
About the Author
Christopher L. Kukk, Ph.D., is a professor of political science and social science at Western Connecticut State University; founding director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation; and faculty advisor for the University and City of Compassion initiatives. He is also cofounder and CEO of InnovOwl LLC, a research and consulting start-up for solving micro and macro problems through innovative education. He was an international security fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a counterintelligence agent for the United States Army, and a research associate for Cambridge Energy Research Associates. He lives in Brookfield, Connecticut.
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