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Work as Love in Action

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…

Leadership and Love

16 Jan 2019, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

What role does love play in leadership? If love were at the heart of how we led, what might be possible? And what does ‘leading with love’ mean in practice? At the end of 2018, based on research conducted over the summer, I ran a…

Where have our feelings gone?

17 Nov 2018, Posted by Helena Clayton in Monthly Blog, Work as Love in Action

Two stories.  I was running a session as part of leadership programme for high potential leaders in a global organisation. We’d got to the bit where we use FIRO-B, a psychometric tool that explores our relationship with our need for control, for closeness in our relationships and…

This love thing. It’s problematic

17 Sep 2018, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

75 responses. Some fascinating data. Raising some big questions. And so, coming up, a job I’m looking forward to… writing up my research from the Leadership and Love survey which has just closed. I’ll post about some of the findings here and, in the meantime,…

Leading from Love: new research

07 Jul 2018, Posted by Helena Clayton in Uncategorized, Work as Love in Action

“….my adage is that the edgiest word to use at the moment isn’t “f**k”,”piss” or “shit”.  It’s love. That’s what really makes people’s buttocks clench. It’s about being vulnerable, it’s counterintuitive, it ultimately makes you stronger. And that’s a very hard thing to grasp.” Not…

Blocks to love at work

07 Jan 2018, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

Sometimes I am not as nice as I could be or would like to be. Not as kind or compassionate or loving. And I find this hard to handle as these are values that are core to me. Increasingly, I try to put love at the centre…

Joy and Leadership And Thich Naht Hanh

09 Jun 2016, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership culture recently. And you know that I’m interested in the idea of how leadership practices can be more loving. Well, I read How to Love  by Thich Naht Hanh, a book ostensibly about our close relationships but one…