Olivia Parr-Rud Is Your Company Teaming with LoveHappy Valentine’s Day! And yes, I meant to say ‘Teaming!’ Because when team members love each other, profits soar!

Just to be clear, I’m not talking about dating your coworkers – although that might encourage you to work longer hours (smile). I’m defining ‘love’ as one of the definitions in Wikipedia.

“[Love] can … be a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection—‘the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.’ It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one’s self or animals.” Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love

Genuine caring and compassion often inspire deep connection and trust – two foundational elements of any high functioning team.

Why are teams so important today?

To thrive in today’s digitally-driven global economy, companies have to be more agile and resilient. The old top-down, fear-based, total control style of leadership may have worked 100 years ago. But it is too inefficient today. By the time a market opportunity or threat is identified, goes up the ranks to the CEO for a decision, and then comes back down, the opportunity is often lost. Instead, leaders need to empower their teams to sense changes and respond quickly at every level of the organization. The role of the leader shifts from the high commander to the coach and cheerleader who supports and empowers his or her team to work together to solve complex challenges. The best solutions arise from the ‘We-Space’ – the combined genius that emerges from a high functioning team.

“By welcoming all-of-yourself, the authentic sharing in ‘We-Space’ can be transformative. Perhaps it’s because it lays down new neurons that are mirrored in the other participant’s neural structure. These shifts may be barely perceptible in physical reality. But the good feeling of connection and mutuality with another human being invites love to permeate the space. “

– Antanas Vainius

The latest brain research offers fascinating insights into how we can leverage our connections.[ii] Based on the latest research in social neuroscience, as we feel empathy for someone else, we become attuned to their mood. The result is resonance. The two brains become attuned as if they are part of the same system. As you build trust and enable rich connections with team members, imagine the potential for enhancing a team’s ability to strategize, innovate, and more.  LOVE. Make it your business!

[ii] Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis, “Social Intelligence and the Biology of Leadership,” Harvard Business Review 86, No. 9 (September, 2008 74–81.