Dr. Chris Kukk is Professor of Political Science/Social Science at Western Connecticut State University. He is the founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Kukk was a counter-intelligence agent for the United States Army and a research associate for Cambridge Energy Research Associates. He is a thought leader doing ground-breaking work
In today’s episode, he shares us with us some of the counter-intuitive, thought-provoking ideas from his newly released book, The Compassionate Achiever.
None of us have ever gotten anywhere on our own. There's always been somebody. There's always been that one leader, that one boss, that one person that saw something in us and gave us opportunities. -@DrChrisKukk
3 Big Takeaways:
- If you are only an achiever, it will be lonely at the top. If you are a compassionate achiever, it will not be lonely at the top.
- Compassion is two things: understanding AND action.
- Like external mirrors help us be self-aware and are instrumental in changing things in our appearance, introspection is an internal mirror that helps us be self-aware and is instrumental in helping us change we need to be changed inside of us, carrying implications for our external world as well in the process.
Some questions I ask:
- Is competitiveness a good thing? (11:21)
- Why are complex people, such as Donald Trump, Gary Vaynerchuck, and Grant Cardone, able to thrive, considering that they can be but are not always compassionate? (16:59)
- What is compassion? (25:47)
Sneak Peak of More:
- Good Questions and Photography (27:29)
- Dealing with Our Blind Spots (31:59)
- The Power of Introspection (52:17)
- Religion, Spirituality and Compassion (55:41)
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