We sometimes squirm when we talk about Love & Business, as if the two shouldn’t mix.

Perhaps that’s because we’re confusing the feeling of being in love, or the ideas of romantic love, with the habits of love and compassion.

We believe, as the Dream Change's team curating the Love Summit believes, love is not only something that should be a part of work, but that it is the fuel of high performance, trust, competitive advantage and sustainability.

Love at work is a set of professional acts, or habits, that people practice each day. It is being kind to someone during their first day on the job and showing them the ropes. It is giving positive feedback to someone that reports to you, instead of focusing on the negative. It is asking what customers really need, not whether or not we can sell them what we have.

With just a little thought, we can all see the hundreds of ways in which the habits of caring, compassion and kindness make a world of difference to the people we serve. It's not just about leaders bringing love to their business, it's about any person that has made a difference for us along the pathway of our career. So, here is a challenge for you.

  1. Think of someone that went above and beyond for you - A mentor, friend, business colleague or client that made an impact on you, or that inspires you. Think about what action they took or what habit they practice that makes them so special to you.

  2. Post a VERY INTENTIONAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF LOVE, that explains who they are for you, what they did to impact your life AT WORK so positively, and express a little gratitude for that love. I know they’ll feel like a million bucks, but you might be surprised by how good it makes you feel. Tag them in your post and tell the world what amazing people they are!

  3. Finally, when they call, text or message you to say thank you (and they will), be gracious in acceptance and ask them to pay it forward. My dream is that we acknowledge the Habits of (Professional) Love to grow a business community that thrives, not by using people up, but by filling them up.

(And if you’re an overachiever, check out Rachel’s suggestions in Because Nice Matters: The Gift of Gratitude).