The Power of Love

I had a fascinating meeting yesterday with someone who is researching the impact and power of love in businesses, and today I was listening to a spokesperson for The Campaign to End Loneliness, which is apparently as deadly a killer as smoking or obesity.  It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see the link between these two topics.  If loneliness can actually kill, then what is the impact of a demotivated, unappreciated workforce?  So perhaps it is not airy-fairy for directors to be considering how to use love as means to improve performance.

Having spent a year without a life-long partner, six months of which I was an effectively confined to my house, I understand just a little of the effect of being on your own.  The thing is, it is easy to be in a crowd and still feel lonely.  It is all about having a sense of belonging.  We can belong to a number of ‘tribes’, there is our family, our football club, our school or regiment, and our work.  I have heard much about corporate culture over the years but I have never heard anyone recognise the positive impact of creating something that people want to belong to.  Mostly, when I was inside companies, there was an overwhelming sense of cynicism  about the company, and that was from the middle management!

Perhaps today is the day to open the door to someone else and invite them inside. Building this kind of bridge enriches and nourishes everyone and perhaps might make you a little richer too!

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”  Jimi Hendrix

“I will greet this day with love in my heart. For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscles can split a shield and even destroy life itself but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of man. And until I master this act I will remain no more than a peddler in the marketplace. I will make love my greatest weapon and none on who I call can defend upon its force… my love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest day.”   Og Mandino

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