I have seen and worked with so many creatives who have been beaten down psychologically by office culture and nasty management and can’t see their own gifts. I was one of these people. That’s why I help people learn to see themselves with compassion and recognize their gifts and eliminate the need for validation from others. People who find out they’re awesome (we’re all awesome at something!) immediately start delivering at a higher level because they’re no longer weighed down by fear, insecurity, or resentment. This makes us management and leadership powerhouses.

But how do we learn to use compassion as a business tool? I’ll teach you how to use it under the radar so no one knows and everyone feels valued, especially you. The core concept is to apply compassion in place of fear. We do this internally; that’s what makes it so powerful. It’s not about trying to change anyone else; it’s about shifting our own experience to make what could be a really difficult situation into a manageable one.

Compassionate Management taps into who we are, not what our job description says. Scan the 10 Innate Tools below and see if any resonate. You have each and every one of the tools inside you, waiting to be used at the office. I’ve seen it over and over; once you understand the tools and begin applying them, your perception shifts and along with it, how you feel, think and react. Suddenly you’re in the drivers seat no matter what your title, level, or function.

The 10 Tools are:


Rena DeLevie is the Chief Compassion Officer. The Compassionate Management methodology is based on what Rena wished she had experienced in her 30 years with Fortune 500 companies; first as an art director for 8 years, then in Creative Operations/Management and consulting.

Her empathetic and business-focused approach has led to her being given a few nicknames including, “Hippie MBA,” “COO of the Creative Process”, “The Vault,” and “How may I help you?”

Rena has a weekly Compassionate Management column in The Huffington Post and a TEDxTalk that was so much fun! Compassionate Management — using compassion as a business tool | Rena DeLevie