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Work as Love in Action

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…

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…

OD and Love pt 2

19 Nov 2019, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

A week or so ago, I met with 30 OD practitioners from the private and public sectors for a workshop to explore the links between OD and Love. It was a rich day of exploration and this (rather long) post shares some of what we…

Exploring Organisational Development (OD) and Love

29 Sep 2019, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

On 4 November, I’m running a workshop exploring the relationship between Organisational Development (OD) and Love. I’m part of the Faculty of Roffey Park’s MSc in People and Organisational Development and I also work regularly with OD practitioners supporting them in developing their practice. So…

Love and … choice

20 Aug 2019, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

It feels like the right time to be developing and expanding our understanding of love. If it’s the strong medicine that’s needed for tough times (and I think it is) and if we need a revolution based on love (I think we do) then we…

What do we mean by love?

12 Aug 2019, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

Last year, I started exploring love in relation to our organisations and their leadership. I want to know what might help to make our organisational cultures less damaging and more (re)generative. Less fearful, more hopeful. I started with a piece of research, asking questions like…

The case against love

12 Apr 2019, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

As you might know, I’m advocating for love in leadership. And I’m taking a stand for using the word love, and not empathy or compassion, say. In doing that, I also need to be alive to the ways that this is difficult or problematic because…

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