Forgiveness…even in business

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In this post I’m going to talk about something that is near and dear to my heart. It’s called forgiveness.

Forgiveness is an important concept– even in business. While venting about an issue at work may help you “let off steam”, forgiveness – and being able to put a disappointment or an injustice behind you – is an incredibly powerful factor in both personal and organizational effectiveness because it restores relationships, it validates communication and it has innumerable health benefits such as lowering your body’s stress levels. There is some great work being done in this field; if you are interested, check out Stanford University’s Project Compassion publications in the Huffington Post.

I think we need to look beyond the limits that we set on the traditional concept of forgiveness; let’s stretch the notion that forgiveness is “personal” or “emotional” or that it weakens us or that it is something to be feared. I think we need to make forgiveness a mainstream concept so that it can be used to build healthier communities, families and organizations (including businesses).

Have you ever thought about how little we use the word “forgive” and what it might mean to our relationships if we reintroduce the age old concept of forgiveness? My wish is to restore the word forgive to our vocabulary and to our lives.

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