I continue to step up to the challenge of allowing my voice to come through in my writing – in fact, in all my work. And as I declared in the post In the Mood, my voice is Love.
And so now I’m compelled to begin to write more about what love is in the workplace … in the organization. I do a lot of work with a major national insurance company. I’ve worked with this organization in varying capacities for many years.
If one said that I love this organization; in general, one would be correct. The reality however is in a closer look. My love for the organization can only be claimed through the fact that I love the individuals I know who make the organization what it is – giving it life and personality.
It is now fair of you to ask, “How do you define love as you use it?” My answer may be hard to grasp for the business person. What I mean by love is – well – love! Love is not judgmental. While you may not approve of specific actions and behaviors, you embrace the person. Love embraces the uniqueness and potential of each individual.
Love – The Organizational Definition
Lord Chancellor Thurlow (1731-1806) once asked, “Did you ever expect a corporation to have a conscience, when it has no soul to be damned and no body to be kicked?” It is this very observation that truly makes it difficult to assess many human characteristics very often given to the organization in the way we think and talk. Know this – any characteristic we may tangibly see in an organization appears real only because the individuals who make up the organization allow it.
It’s only fitting as I complete this piece that I’m listening to Todd Rundgren’s Love is the Answer. Our workplace, our organizations, need love – need the individuals who make up the organization to step forward in love … to eliminate unfair judgment, embrace uniqueness, and with care create and execute with accountability.
So – my definition of love in the organization? It is directed to You the Leader:
Love – Leading others with confidence – and leading others to their own confidence.