Lovebirds

Violet Masked Lovebird

(Agapornis) Their name stems from the parrots' strong, monogamous pair bonding and the long periods which paired birds will spend sitting together. 

I was thinking of an emblem or motif for the 'LoveWorks' project and book, and Lovebirds sprang to mind as a little messenger I could have decorating the pages and drawing attention to particular points.

Here's the first I've created.

 

And another in sketch form 

 

 

Inviting Love

The Three Old Men

A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard.

She did not recognize them. She said "I don't think I know you, but you must be hungry.
Please come in and have something to eat."

"Is the man of the house home?" they asked.
"No", she replied. "He's out."

"Then we cannot come in", they replied.

The Husband Returns

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened. "Go tell them I am home and invite them in!"
The woman went out and invited the men in. "We do not go into a House together," they replied.
"Why is that?" she asked.

One of the old men explained: "His name is Wealth," he said pointing to one of his friends,
and said pointing to another one, "He is Success, and I am Love."
Then he added, "Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home."

Wealth Success and Love

The woman went in and told her husband what was said.
Her husband was overjoyed. "How nice!!" he said. "Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!"
His wife disagreed. "My dear, why don't we invite Success?"
Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house.
She jumped in with her own suggestion: "Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!"

Choosing the Guest

"Let us heed our daughter-in-law's advice," said the husband to his wife. "Go out and invite Love to be our guest."
The woman went out and asked the three old men, "Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest."
Love got up and started walking toward the house.
The other two also got up and followed him.

Which Comes First

Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: "I only invited Love, Why are you coming in?"

The old men replied together: "If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would've stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him."

"Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success"

 

Mapping Love at Work

Love Works everywhere

 The Map of Love at Work

We want to know where you find love at work – where is Love present in the workplace?

What random acts of kindness and caring, loving affection and courage do you encounter as you go about your daily life?

Tell us – and we'll add them to our Map of Love at Work! 

 

Sustainable Personnel Politics

Quote from BMW’s press office, talking about how the company restrains top management bonuses in relation to what average workers receive :

“We don’t just want to build sustainable cars. We also want to have sustainable personnel politics. We think this is good for the company culture”.

On Work and Love

Kahlil GibranOn Work and Love:

… all work is empty save when there is love;
And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart,
even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection,
even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy,
even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,

Work is love made visible.

Kahlil Gibran: The Prophet

What is a Caring Organisation?

Does Love Improve the Bottom Line?

Discover the Power of the Caring Organisation

Find out what global leaders say about Love, Caring and Compassion in their organisations. Learn about the history of Love in our evolving culture, where companies came from and why they lost their way as supportive, guiding lights for their people. 

Coming soon –

Results of Leadership and Transformation expert Christine Miller's extensive in-depth research conducted by survey, interview, Action Learning and Appreciative Inquiry into the elements of success in an organisation where Love is present, active and encouraged.

Over 50 leaders of a range of sectors from education, industry, retail, politics, local government, banking, third sector and more give their insights into current conditions and what needs to change.