There is a common perception that compassion is, if not actually an impediment, at least irrelevant to professional life. Personally, I would argue that not only is it relevant, but that when compassion is lacking, our activities are in danger of becoming destructive. This is because when we ignore the question of the impact our actions have on others' well-being, inevitably we end up hurting them.HH Dalai Lama
One thing all businesses have in common: People. Whether customers, employees, or owners, every business is made up of interpersonal interactions. If we do not bring compassion to those relationships, the potential for hurt or harm is great.
Will we make mistakes and hurt each other anyway? Sure. Humans do that on occasion even when the best of intentions abide as the rule. However, if we are known as compassionate beings, when the anomaly happens there is room for understanding, forgiveness, and relationship repair.
When we bring compassion and respect to all of our interactions, there is much more latitude for success. With compassion and respect as the groundwork, much greater yield is possible--on all levels.
...when we ignore the question of the impact our actions have on others' well-being, inevitably we end up hurting them.
Actions include how we use our words--tone of voice, comments, speech, written communication. Consider the ripple. Start with compassion.