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Work as Love in Action

 

Grief and coaching

01 Aug 2021, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

So my husband’s son died. It was an ‘out of order’ death (to use a phrase from psychotherapist and grief advocate Megan Devine) and and was very tough to process.  In so many obvious and fitting ways, my husband’s grief was primary and mine secondary,…

‘Deepened by diminishment’

05 Jul 2021, Posted by Helena Clayton in Uncategorized, Work as Love in Action

‘Deepened by diminishment’ That phrase has stuck with me ever since I wrote about eldership and its relationship with leadership. Accepting that as we age, our lives get inevitably smaller, ‘eldership’ pushes back hard against that.  Not in the sense of holding back the tide…

Leadership, love and hope

06 Apr 2021, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

In the face of exhaustion, despair, pessimism and apathy, what role does hope play?  How can we connect ourselves and others to the felt sense and a belief that tomorrow could be better than today? How is cultivating a sense of hope a responsibility of…

Love as allyship

06 Mar 2021, Posted by Helena Clayton in Uncategorized, Work as Love in Action

I wrote this post for International Women’s Day 2021, for Deeper Leaders, a group of colleagues advocating for a kinder, fairer and more sustainable world.  Not fee-earning, we simply look for ways where we can promote these values in ways that are practical and useful…

You matter

07 Feb 2021, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

In January 2021, here’s what I’m hearing over and over again in my coaching and in my group work: I’m working 7am – 8pm and it’s still not enough I’m doing two people’s jobs and they still keep giving me more work It’s overwhelming and…

Love and sacrifice

06 Jan 2021, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

Exploring love and sacrifice … If asked, I imagine that you might define or describe love as being about others – meeting the needs of others, putting others first.  I’ve written before about love being a form of expansion, a reaching out to and for…

Love-as-care

03 Nov 2020, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

Care.  What does that bring up for you?  Women’s work, maybe?  Not really part of the role of leadership? In my 2018 research, when I asked people what love meant to them, the most-used word was care. You know that I’m not a fan, right,…

‘Never let your heart get small’

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

Some years ago, I was working with a coaching/OD practice supervisor.  She was over 70,  and had a fabulously eclectic life and career that included being a mother, a nun and an academic. She taught me a lot.  But one thing in particular sticks. ‘Never…

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