This article is the English version of a Spanish article I wrote in Chris Brogan’s OWNER magazine. You can find the original article here.

Intelligence without wisdom is fruitless and wisdom without compassion is simply not wise. –Unknown

In December of 2013, I am so grateful to say that I celebrated the start of my 16thanniversary of owning a business. There have been so many ups and downs in these 16 years, but every moment has been totally worth it. There were times when I hadn’t updated my business plan (yes – I’m admitting that), times when I had a very solid strategic plan, and times when I had a weak strategic plan. But I feel that through each of these phases, I have always had my business reflect my own values and integrity.

In 2014, I am making “wisdom of compassion” one of my tenets to not only live by, but also to work by. Compassion is not just an emotion to occasionally bring into our lives, but a uniquely human condition that can be part of our everyday lives. In fact, Stanford School of Medicine established the Center for Compassion and Altruism in 2008 and started Project Compassion, which investigates cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research.  But how exactly does compassion work in business? Here are 5 ways I plan to work on cultivating compassion:

  1. To start, I am cultivating self-compassion (meditation and the practice of “lovingkindness” are great tools for this).
  2. Second is compassion for my employees and consultants that I serve.
  3. Next is compassion for the clients for whom I work.
  4. After that is compassion for the consumers that receive our translated materials from our clients.
  5. Finally is compassion for those in need around the community.

Some might ask how this affects the bottom line of a business. Compassion provides a framework for wise decision-making. We are all compassionate and loving spirits at our essence. Truly, it’s about the intention that we have around our decisions. Why should our business decisions come from a different place than our personal decisions? The world is changing and opening up to enlightenment and awareness. I believe that we need to treat all people the way we’d like to be treated. I want to do my best to not judge others for their decisions and to come from an authentic place. Compassion is the foundation for creating this transformation. I’m going to ring in 2014 by cultivating the wisdom of compassion – 2014, here I come! How are you going to bring compassion into your business/workplace?

I truly believe compassion provides the basis of human survival, the real value of life, without that there is a basic piece missing. We cannot be happy ourselves without thinking about the happiness of others. His Holiness, The Dalai Lama

He has made His wonders to be remembered; The LORD is gracious and compassionate.

Psalm 111:4

2014: Ringing In Compassion In Business