February 25th, 2020

speaker, coach, consultant

An absence of love

"Everywhere we learn that love is important, and yet we are bombarded by its failure. In the realm of the political, among the religious, in our families, and in our romantic lives, we see little indication that love informs decisions, strengthens our understanding of community, or keeps us together." — All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks

Yep, I'm here again.

Another 5 am start; but at least I've got coffee, water and, well, everything else.

Don't ask me why but I keep returning to the subject of love. The above book is currently the one I'm reading on Kindle. I'm also reading several printed books including Anam Cara by the late John O'Donohue and (believe it not) The Hard Way, Adapt, Survive and Win by Mark 'Billy' Billingham, the ex-SAS soldier who is part of the Who Dares Wins team on TV.

Anyhow, what of the subject of love?

Why is it (for instance) we seem comfortable talking about its absence in relationships but in no other way? In particular (at least how it shows up for me) why don't we discuss it in the workplace or in the running of our institutions? Is it simply not suited to the logical, didacticly-focused way we've come to perceive of our companies etc? What would happen if instead of talking about strategies, vision statements and human capital we lead with love?

No, I'm serious.

What would a company/institution look like if love was its sine qua non?

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