Whether we look at the idea of LOVE AT WORK from a personal view point or from a business view point, these same five tips apply. Love At Work is simply a way of being in the world.
One: Self Knowledge. Know who you are. Make sure that you have an accurate self image. Because without it everything else will fall down, fall apart. This is the stick against which you can measure everything else. So if you start with an accurate self image or are prepared to work towards having one you have a realistic perspective which will help you develop or be in a business that is truly love at work.
Two: Heart. Come at every relationship from your heart. Recognise that deep down we are all good people and we are all doing our best in the circumstances we find ourselves or we would be doing it differently. See everything from the other person’s point of view. Treat them as you would wish to be treated. At the end of the day making a difference isn’t about doing, it’s about being. There is no way you can do love at work. It’s not an action in that sense. There are actions that we take at work – and lots of them – but the quality of those actions is always affected by how we are as beings.
Three: Patience. Don’t expect everything to happen at once. Take small solid steps, one at a time and make changes you have really thought through. Then don’t beat yourself up when things go awry. It’s just another learning opportunity, an opportunity to learn to do things well and to be love at work. If you are starting a brand new organisation and are able to come at it from day one with a view point of love at work you have a huge and wonderful opportunity and the prospect of a much easier journey.
Four: Action. Take action. Nothing changes unless we do. No matter how strong our vision or how much we focus on it, it won’t happen unless we take action. Remember to regularly ask yourself, “Is what I am doing right now taking me closer to my goal, dream or vision?”
Five: Communication. There is nothing quite like it. The more we communicate the more we understand and the better understood we become. Communication is so much about listening and then listening some more. That way we really learn what’s going on in our lives and in our organisations. So ask questions and then sit back and listen. You will be surprised at what you hear and what you learn.