I know from my own experiences of working in the world of big business that the environment that you often find in corporate-land, large organisations such as the civil service, the armed forces or banking and energy companies is often toxic, challenging and competitive. The office is not an easy place to work with love and compassion! When the bottom line or following tightly defined rules and regulations is the number one concern of your employers it’s not easy to bring in the ethos that you have chosen to follow in your own life.
But I believe there is a good case that shows there is not only room for love but that it can be a truly positive asset in business. Firstly, let’s define love in its working sense. Bearing in mind it’s not an emotion but it’s an energy, the word love is a definition that we use for the highest frequency of energy in our universe – it’s light and it’s a state of being that is without criticism or judgement. It is an acceptance.
Here are some reasons why it is a good energy to use in all business negotiations, all choices of employees, in the terms of contracts for trading and services and as a way of treating the people you work with, work for and your customers.
- It’s fearless.
- It cuts through illusion to the truth.
- It clears prevarication and doubt.
- It attracts integrity.
- It gives you strength and the energy to keep going on the dark days.
- It opens the door to opportunities and deals that work for you.
- It keeps you calm and fights off anxiety.
- It holds a space of tranquillity when all around are losing their heads.
- It’s your best friend in adversity.
- It works with you rather than against you.
- It opens the door to abundance and all you need.
- It attracts the right employees and business partners.
Some years ago my husband worked for a large organisation in UK and when he took over responsibility for the company production he decided to visit the most successful factory, one that had the best production records year after year. When he arrived he firstly interviewed the manager, Ken. He was surprised as he listened to Ken talk – he didn’t seem particularly on the ball; not smart and clued up to the latest processes and techniques and, in fact, didn’t seem to have any idea why his factory’s production was top of the UK list.
Although Ken came across as a nice chap he didn’t impress or shine as a factory manager at all. So my husband decided to interview his management team to find the clues to their success. The team really impressed him. They were smart and obviously efficient, hardworking and they answered his questions with alacrity. But the penny fully dropped when he starting ask them about Ken, what did they think of him, what impressed them about him? etc.
They told him how Ken would visit any employee and any family members who were sick, how he gave the children gifts at Christmas, how he would visit the wives of sick employees, how he knew the names of every single employee and would sit and talk to them when they had problems. Ken cared for his staff, more than that he loved his staff and they knew it. So in gratitude for his kindness, his care, his love every member of staff from the factory floor to the management team worked hard and diligently for Ken to make the factory a success. The secret of Ken’s success was love!
I am convinced there is room for love in business and it’s just up to us to to have the courage to take it there.
Love Anne xxx