What the world needs now…

…is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of… I’ve always loved that song. In fact it’s been part of my own internal soundtrack for many years. Wait, what are you pausing for? Doesn’t everyone have an internal soundtrack? You know, the one that plays when you’re… never mind.  

If you’ve ever been a participant in my program The Bomb Proof Executive then most certainly you’ll have heard me quietly hum it when setting up. It reminds me to bring love into the learning space so people can do the courageous work of change in safety. Love belongs in leadership, it’s the secret sauce that when applied causes shift, clarity, brave conversations, connection and stimulates creativity. 

Consider how leading with love would change the following situations.

“I work in a toxic work environment and it’s killing me but there’s probably nothing else out there that pays the same so I’ve got to stick it out.”

“I’ve been thrown into a new job with no training and a backlog of work that’s suddenly become my responsibility. I keep thinking, if only I were smarter, more efficient I’d be able to handle it.

“I recently received a promotion and am now expected to lead the same peers I worked elbow to elbow with. I feel like a fraud, an imposter and they’ll probably demote me soon.”

“The role and responsibilities of my fired manager became mine “temporarily” six months ago. I’ve been putting in long hours without a pay raise or shift in title. Maybe it’s my problem that I can’t handle it all, my health and self esteem are at an all time low.” 

Psychologist Gerald Jampolsky once said, “Love is the total absence of fear. Love asks no questions. Its natural state is one of extension and expansion, not comparison and measurement.” The individuals quoted above all viewed their situations through fear based beliefs they held about themselves, comparing and measuring against others, other situations and environments. Since a belief is a “story that one holds as being true” once tuned into how their beliefs about themselves and the world around them impacted their leadership they were then able to transform their tricky situations and access new possibilities.

If any of this has resonated with you, check out The Bomb Proof Executive program but be warned… transformation isn’t for the faint of heart. Double dog dare you. 

And in the meantime, watch the students at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee create a social distancing rendition of “What the World Needs Now is Love”  and if you’re old school like me, you can listen to the version made famous by Jackie DeShannon in 1965.