What’s Love Got to Do With It?

In 1984 Tina Turner entertained us with her #1 hit

“What’s love got to do with it? Got to do with it?” 

Good question.

This is the time of year when the sun turns north and we sense spring is on its way. We have renewed hope for sunshine and happiness. February is also called the ‘heart’ month – a designated time for people to express what’s in their hearts to those they care about.

As leaders do we need to bring our ‘hearts’ to work?

You might think, “How could something like the heart be effective in a professional and competitive world?”

Don’t be fooled! The powerful energy of the heart is like a laser beam that cuts through everything false to reveal the truth about what has been the cause of complications, disputes, or lack of productivity and revenue.

C. Otto Scharmer, the influential MIT business professor, supports that notion and so did his colleague, Bill O’Brien, the late CEO of Hanover Insurance. Scharmer (2015) reported that in an interview, O’Brien said, “The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervener.” Scharmer continued, “We might say it this way: the success of our actions as change-makers does not depend on What we do or How we do it, but on the Inner Place from which we operate.”

O’Brien and Scharmer are onto something essential. They are not speaking about Tina’s love as a “second-hand emotion.”

Instead, that Inner Place is a state, a way of being from which we live.  For example:

  • Do our colleagues matter to us?

  • Are we present and respectful to them?

  • Are we generous-spirited?

How we see someone and address them matters. Our way of being, the Inner Place, can be like spring sunshine or winter gloom. That Place from which we operate is louder even than our words.

Practice your inner smile

With deep respect and love,
RelationSmiths, Nancy and Sharon

This week’s challenge: Try something life-changing: keep a smile on the inside.

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