Episode 23

Published on:

23rd May 2023

Jane Dutton and Monica Worline | Unleashing the Path to Flourishing within Organizations Part 1

Flourishing within organizations holds the key to unlocking tremendous value. Imagine if you can deliver optimal functioning and enable your team to feel deeply alive and fire on all cylinders. That is a powerful feeling. 

In today’s episode of the Happiness Squad podcast, Anil and Ashish sit down with two distinguished guests, Jane Dutton and Monica Worline, co-authors of "Awakening Compassion at Work," to explore and unveil the potential for cultivating thriving cultures.

Jane, a dedicated PhD and University Professor, is committed to fostering human flourishing at work. As a co-founder of the Center for Positive Organization and a founding member of Compassion Lab, she provides valuable resources for leaders and managers seeking to apply positive organizational scholarship, including her book "How to Be a Positive Leader."

Monica, a leading advocate for compassionate practices in organizations, holds a PhD and serves as the Faculty Director for Engaged Learning and Innovation at the Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. She is also the Executive Director of Compassion Lab and the founder and CEO of EnlivenWork, an idea incubator that cultivates courageous thinking and compassionate leadership.

In this episode, Jane and Monica share profound insights on flourishing and nurturing thriving cultures. They delve into the vital components of positive connections, meaning, and emotions within the workplace. Furthermore, they shed light on the transformative influence of awakening compassion at work, introducing practical tools such as the "reflected best self" exercise for personal development.

Tune in to learn how you can unlock the true potential of positive flourishing within your organization! 

What You’ll Learn in this Show:

  • Jane's flourishing triangle and Monica's “Reflected Best Self” exercise.
  • Stories about how we have impacted others can increase our awareness of our strengths and their impact.
  • How positive connections can be built through short interactions and connections with others.
  • How personal experiences shape our understanding of flourishing, including the power of community and its constraints.
  • Why organizations should awaken their capacity to respond to suffering with compassion to support high performance and alleviate distress.
  • And so much more...






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About the Podcast

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Welcome to Happiness Squad.

This is the podcast dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential by mastering the art and science of happiness.

We bring on the best leading experts on these topics to help you unlock your true potential and live with more joy, health, love, and meaning in your life.

Your host is no other than Ashish Kothari who is on a mission to provide you with an unfair advantage to be the masters of your experience and leaders in your industry.

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About your hosts

Ashish Kothari

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Ashish Kothari is the founder and CEO of Happiness Squad, a company focused on democratizing happiness and touching a billion+ lives over the next 20 years and helping them live with more joy, health, love, and meaning.

Prior to founding Happiness Squad and writing his best-selling book “Hardwired for happiness”, Ashish spent 25 years in consulting, including the last 17 at McKinsey and Co, a premier management consulting firm, helping thousands of clients and their organizations achieve breakthrough performance by building new mindsets and capabilities.

Ashish is a trained ontological coach and a lifelong student of human thriving.

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Anil Ramjiani is an experienced senior leader at Nike, Inc., most recently as the Commercial Director managing key athlete partnerships and business with Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, and Marcus Rashford.

Anil's passion is grounded in empowering people, unlocking potential, and driving performance. He has worked in consulting and corporate across the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia acquiring over 20 years of experience in strategy, brand, and general management at IBM, Adidas, and Nike.

He created the podcast and platform Live. Breathe. Believe., to enable reflection, motivation, and inspiration for his peers. #Knowyoutobeyou!