Love is a Verb (Team Development)
You’ve heard me talk or read my work about love in the workplace, and how relationships are key to success in business. When we treat customers, colleagues and managers with love—respect, appreciation, quality service, etc.—relationships flourish, as do productivity, sales, co-operation and more .
Just how do you ‘love’ the people that you spend your days with—especially when you may not have chosen them to be on your team in the first place? Is it just a feeling you either have or don’t? Do you buy it, or earn it with service or quality work?
A way to ensure that love lands in your day, every day, is to consider ‘love’ a verb.
Love is something you do. It’s the small and big things: the random acts of kindness, surprises, extra support, smiles, conversations, pats on the back, compliments, patience, kind thoughts, compassion, and many other acts of doing something for someone else.
Love is the glue that bonds teams together, and clients to businesses. Love is also priceless—it does not have to cost a cent. The currency of love is our heart energy. We all have it, and can tap into it if we open up.
The most amazing thing about love is that the more you give out by doing for others, the more you have left for yourself. Love is infinite. It has no limits. You never run out; love just keeps growing when you take action on it and give it away to other people.
As we near Valentine’s Day, I challenge you to shower your workplace with acts of love. Here are some examples of bringing love into the workplace:
1. Show a customer some special attention by telling them how important they are to your business or organization.
2. Be open to a change in the workplace that you’ve been resisting, and tell the person who is spearheading the change that you will buy in and play full-out.
3. Give your assistance to someone who needs help, and tell them that, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, you are offering some special support.
4. Verbally praise, recognize, or acknowledge someone for a specific thing they do or have done that is valuable to you or the organization.
5. Wish three people in your office a Happy Valentine’s Day, and tell them why they are so special to you.
6. Go with the consensus of your team, even if you don’t agree with the direction. Consensus means that everyone’s on board. Tell the team that you’re doing it out of love or honour for the team’s goals.
7. Hold positive thoughts about someone in the office who you know needs some T.L.C. (Tender, Loving Care) at this time.
8. Forgive someone in your workplace who has done you wrong previously, or ask someone for forgiveness if you have been the wrong-doer, to free you both from the grudges of the past.
9. Hold that difficult conversation that you’ve been putting off with someone, and approach it with deep listening to understand their side of the situation first.
10. Have a group hug!
Love in the workplace is just as sweet as candy, has no calories or refined sugar, and leaves a great taste in the mouths of both the giver and the receiver long after its transference. (Of course, chocolate is a welcomed offering as well, and can be made extra-sweet when presented with a verbal recognition or appreciation of someone.)
Please remember, every day of the year, that love is a verb. It is something that you do, and it builds and maintains loyal relationships upon which strong business can be leveraged.
To love and be loved is like feeling the sun from both sides. Best wishes for an amazing Valentine’s Day week!
“When you love people, you have no time to judge them.” ~ Mother Theresa