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Book details
  • Genre:SELF-HELP
  • SubGenre:Personal Growth / Happiness
  • Language:English
  • Pages:321
  • eBook ISBN:9780988108110

Turning Compassion into Action

A Movement Toward Taking Responsibility

by Olivia McIvor

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Overview

Move your compassion into action and help change our world. In her first book, The Business of Kindness: Creating Work Environments Where People Thrive, Olivia McIvor wrestles with the consequences of a business world that too often stifles genuine kindness, and explores the vital need to create respectful, engaged workplaces. Her second book, Four Generations, One Workplace: Sharing in the Information Age, harvests the experience and wisdom of each generation and provides practical tools for collaboration and knowledge transfer. Compassion is the bedrock of a healthy society. McIvor’s Turning Compassion into Action urges each of us to craft engaged and meaningful lives. She believes we must each embrace the innate wellspring of compassion within us and impact our world, one action at a time. To actualize compassion we need to transform our pessimism into optimism; connect to the deeper purpose of our work; expand our communities to create more belonging; and be intentionally present with ourselves and others. This book is a call to action to bring more compassion to the forefront of our lives, our work, and our world.

Description

Move your compassion into action and help change our world. In her first book, The Business of Kindness: Creating Work Environments Where People Thrive, Olivia McIvor wrestles with the consequences of a business world that too often stifles genuine kindness, and explores the vital need to create respectful, engaged workplaces. Her second book, Four Generations, One Workplace: Sharing in the Information Age, harvests the experience and wisdom of each generation and provides practical tools for collaboration and knowledge transfer. Compassion is the bedrock of a healthy society. McIvor’s Turning Compassion into Action urges each of us to craft engaged and meaningful lives. She believes we must each embrace the innate wellspring of compassion within us and impact our world, one action at a time. To actualize compassion we need to transform our pessimism into optimism; connect to the deeper purpose of our work; expand our communities to create more belonging; and be intentionally present with ourselves and others. This book is a call to action to bring more compassion to the forefront of our lives, our work, and our world. 

“Olivia McIvor’s new book, Turning Compassion into Action, is a tour de force of insight, story-telling, philosophy, and practical advice for how to build a global movement as well as how to let compassion light up your own life. McIvor tells of her own journey through volunteering locally and globally and leading workshops on kindness and compassion in the workplace. She points to the sudden growth of a global movement spurred by Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion. This book is a joyous excursion of the mind and the heart, leading us to the more important question we can ask ourselves: What would compassion do here?” --Andrew Himes, Executive Director, Compassionate Action Network

We are all “ordinary people” —brave men and women doing heroic acts of kindness and compassion, every day in the simplest of ways. This book is a call for action to bring more compassion to the forefront of your life, your work and your world. You will be asked provocative questions, explore meaningful answers and be moved to take affirmative action. Whether you are a leader committed to exceptional service, a parent proudly wading through the teen years, a passionate volunteer, or anyone who believes that actively giving of yourself changes the world…then this book is for you. Olivia McIvor asks: -What does compassion mean to you? -How is compassion an alive presence in your life? -Do you create more joy for others? -In what ways are you a compassionate consumer? -How do you create a sense of belonging in your community? -Do you bring your whole self to work? … and many more

About the author
With 30 years in business management, Olivia’s career has also included over two decades in Human Resource management and leadership development. Her approach to people management is as innovative as it is creative. Combine that with her philosophical mind and her vast library of experiences and you have a unique blend of inspiring leadership. Her diverse background included progressive careers in retail and tourism prior to establishing a name in the financial industry as the 'Human Touch' HR Director. It was here she pioneered and spearheaded the implementation of numerous innovative workplace wellness and employee engagement initiatives with outstanding results. Ms. McIvor has worked with hundreds of clients in a broad array of industries including: Healthcare, Technology, Education, Retail, Oil and Gas, Utilities, Natural Resources, Tourism, Hospitality, Financial, and Manufacturing. In 2000 Olivia ventured into the Entrepreneur world herself as the owner of a unique bookstore devoted to Personal and Professional Leadership. In 2001 Olivia was nominated Female Entrepreneur of the Year by Working Women Magazine and has been featured on the Knowledge Network/Discovery Channel for a segment on workplace wellness. Ms. McIvor is a senior partner with The Organizational Culture Group Ltd. where her culture enhancement programs have contributed to strengthening leaders across North America. Her Contagious Kindness and Compassion in Action culture change programs are licensed in five Canadian health care regions to support respectful collegial relationships and enhance compassionate client care. Ms. McIvor’s keynote addresses, consulting and facilitation skills have graced associations, foundations and corporations on topics including Understanding the Generations, Building a Culture of Kindness at Work, How Collaboration creates Team Engagement, and Compassion in Action & Service Excellence in Healthcare. Her insight, knowledge and genuine care for workplace culture challenges are forefront in her books, The Business of Kindness; Twelve Habits that Build Collaborative Cultures 2nd Ed., Four Generations, One Workplace; Sharing in the Information Age and Turning Compassion into Action: A Movement Toward Taking Responsibility. She is also the author and creator of numerous personal and professional development tools. Ms. McIvor teaches in the Faculty of Business at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). She contributes to her community as she serves on the board of the Kindness Foundation of Canada as well as the Greater Vancouver Compassionate Network. Ms. McIvor lives in Vancouver, Canada
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