Chade-Meng Tan, an engineer by training and todays Google “Jolly Good Fellow” discusses compassion as the source of happiness and the source of growth for a good-to-great company.

Chade-Meng Tan: Everyday compassion at Google

Generating Level 5 Leaders (as discussed in Jim Collins’ book Good to Great): humble and driven

Compassion comprises: (from Ted Talk slides)

  • Affective - “I feel for you”
  • Cognitive - “I understand you”
  • Motivational - “I want to help you”

The link between Level 5 Leaders and Compassion?

  • Humble Quality - Affective and Cognitive Component
  • Driven Quality - Motivational Component

The link between Happiness and Compassion?

  • Perhaps its as simple as “practice what you preach” or The Golden Rule, “that which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow” or just finding a balance, practice compassion and accept it from others.

Few factors, many sub-components.