In a week where the news was dominated by yet another terrorist attempt and by a study showing widespread employee unhappiness, it was a treat to discover a world-wide sing-out of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “All You Need is Love.” Sponsored by Starbucks, this expertly sliced video montage from singers around the world offers an instant lift for any dreary day.
Imagine, to use another John Lennon pet phrase, that it’s true. Love IS all you need to bring more integrity, more purpose, more joy, more peace in the world through the ways we work and deal with money. Actually, I’m far from the first person to pose this idea. One of the best discussions of love, business and money was Tim Sanders’ wonderful article, “Love is the Killer App” in Fast Company Magazine.
Imagine the Most Powerful Force in Work and Money is Love — Not Greed, Fear or Unbridled Competition
It’s been almost 8 years since Sanders wrote this in the “Love is the Killer App” article: The most powerful force in business isn’t greed, fear, or even the raw energy of unbridled competition. The most powerful force in business is love. It’s what will help your company grow and become stronger. It’s what will propel your career forward. It’s what will give you a sense of meaning and satisfaction in your work, which will help you do your best work.
Since Sanders wrote this, there have been more examples of how disastrous the results of greed, fear and unbridled competition are for everyone than anyone could have imagined in 2002. Yet, there have also been numerous examples of a movement toward sustainability. The field of spirit and work (which one prominent publisher told me around 2000 had peaked and was dying), has grown and become mainstream. Movements in socially responsible capitalism are growing. Millions, probably billions of us, have put our finances on sounder footings of reality and meaning rather than fear and the chase for the latest shiny thing.
Today, Market Forces are Moving Us Towards More Integrity — An Essential Element of Love
Workforce Management recently published “10 Ethics Trends for 2010” by attorney Stephen M. Paskoff which started with the trend towards even greater public scrutiny for the misdeeds of corporations and their celebrity spokespeople. I was most excited by the impact of the last two trends he noted:
- Organizations will increasingly come to recognize that uncivil, abusive treatment—whether legal or not—causes business risks that exceed the economic costs of employment claims. These must be reined in during a period of diminished resources. This realization can be found in the health care field and will continue to spread to other industries.
- “Lean and clean” will replace “lean and mean.” Too many people and organizations have suffered too much because of greed and corporate corruption. There will be a renewed focus on values such as integrity, and these will replace the “greed is good” mentality prevalent in many organizations over the past 25 years.
“All You Need Is Love” May Sound Simplistic, But It’s a Great Starting Point
I discovered the “All You Need Is Love” singout through an e-mail from my friend Francine Brevetti. “All You Need Is Love” certainly works for our friendship. Not love in a passive “I think nice thoughts about you” kind of way, but in an active relationship where we are there for each other professionally and as buddies, for richer or poorer, in laughter and pain, in sickness and in health.
This morning, while I was viewing “All You Need Is Love,” my husband John joined me. Later, we came up with these thoughts:
- All you need is love to guide you from hate or confusion towards caring and clarity.
- All you need is love for yourself to give you the courage to speak out when others harm you and to get help to deal with workplace bullies.
- All you need is love to create a richer foundation for any workplace or financial challenge that just your left brain or business as usual.
- All it takes is love to move from a state of “my heart just isn’t in it” to a commitment to do your best for yourself and others.
How Can You Put Love to Work Right Now?
Obviously, I hope you listen to the video and let it move you.
I hope you savor the articles listed above, as well as an earlier post in this blog, “True Love of Money is the Root of Many Blessings.”
To repeat the blog post’s central thesis, what if true love of money returns many benefits spiritual and material, including a more sane, kind and profitable economy for everyone? What if you love money according to the definition in Paul’s 1 Corinthians 13, where love is defined as patient, kind and many more wondrous things?
As always, many blessings, and please add your comments.
Pat McHenry Sullivan