Love is a highly contested topic. Most of us use it much of the time to denote very different things. I love being at the top of a mountain watching the night sky. I love being with my friends. I love reading.
Whatever its use, the energy of Love has much from which business could benefit. If we brought Love into business, as an active decision, not limited to an emotion, I believe we could shift many of the problems that beleaguer organisations. I think the outcomes of business decisions would change dramatically too – for the better.
Work involves a huge dose of relationships with people– even if we work alone we connect with clients, suppliers, readers. If I Love someone, I have an unqualified positive intent towards and regard for them, and I believe that they have the same for me. What a difference this might make to work interactions: choosing to assume that the other person has my best interests at heart and choosing to have their best interests foremost in my worldview. So when things go wrong with someone I Love, I don’t automatically assume the worst and react. I might pause, enquire, seek to understand. And if I fly off the handle, they might do the same for me.
Love in business is not an oxymoron. It’s an energy that we can choose to bring into the workplace. It doesn’t mean that everything will be pink fluffy clouds and sweetness: genuine Love has strong and flexible boundaries, about which we can negotiate honestly and with compassion – for ourselves and for others.
If I do a little free-association word game in my head around Love I get positive, creative, laughter, fun, caring, helpful, sensitive, strong, powerful…..what one of these words couldn’t bring about huge change in an organisation? When applied with Love.