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Leading from love programme

13 Jul 2020, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

Leading from Love: putting love at the heart of your leadership A bold and imaginative programme exploring love in the context of your leadership As we go about the business of creating and encouraging change, what might happen if we put love at the heart…

Self love and our inner critic

05 Jul 2020, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

I’ve been doing a fair bit of coaching with people on their ‘inner critic’ recently.  That work has prompted me to write this post and talk about self love. An interesting term to explore because when I began writing about love in organisations most people…

Love and anger

07 Jun 2020, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

In my sessions with groups exploring love and leadership, I often bring us away from discussions about care and empathy and compassion to a different area all together. I bring us to a conversation about anger and its relationship with love, and with leadership. Largely,…

How did you learn about love?

02 Jun 2020, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

An emerging thread of my research with leaders about love and the role it could and should play in our organisations is what our own intimate connection is with love. Our own personal social history of love. Where did we learn about love? What have…

Designing for love

06 May 2020, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

What if we designed for love? A word I’ve been using to describe how I’m feeling these days is suspension. I’m in a holding pattern. And I am mostly dealing with the day to day to day building blocks of exercising, making soup, working and…

Disrupting our organisations – with love

27 Apr 2020, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

On Friday 24 April, I ran a session at the ODN Europe mini conference (it was cracking day…) about love and the role it could and should play in Organisation Development. The theme of the conference was ‘disruption’ and I wanted to say something about…

Love as ‘holding space’

05 Apr 2020, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

To ‘hold space’. It’s a phrase that comes from the therapeutic world and it’s never felt more important than now. It tends to mean: • Protecting a chunk of time to pay someone full attention • The ability to listen without judgement • Allowing people…

Three places I learned about love

01 Mar 2020, Posted by Helena Clayton in Uncategorized

I’ve just started a series of interviews with senior leaders exploring love in their leadership.  One of the questions I ask is a version of ‘what has shaped you to enable you to talk about love in relation to your leadership’. Or sometimes ‘how did…

Love + intentional practice

01 Mar 2020, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

We’re invited to make many choices right now. We’re faced every day, in every moment, with what the poet David Whyte describes as ‘terrifying moments’ when we can choose to be one thing or choose to be another. For me right now, as you might…

Leading from Love

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