Love Works – Spirit Works – Leadership

The Leaders who understand that Leadership is about more than high performance numbers and statistics are the 20%ers – The Vital Few.

These leaders “get it” . . . they know that the highest performing teams that can excel over time get that way for reasons that transcend corporate goals and top-down mandates to please the share-holders.

My good friends at Pinnacle Bank  gave me a book written by Joel Manby entitled LOVE WORKS. Seven Timeless Principles for effective Leaders.

The Seven Principles are:

  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Trusting
  • Unselfish
  • Truthful
  • Forgiving
  • Dedicated

Having been in the corporate world, I have experienced what I think is (unfortunately) the duplicitous side of the majority of organizations . . . Preaching “Culture” and “Values” but not walking their talk in favor of focusing on the bottom line – PROFIT.

IMHO, these organizations are proud members of the “Trivial Many.”

Joel Manby makes a good case that more focus on what MATTERS (Love) will lead to happier and more productive and loyal Leaders and Employees which  -will lead to happier customers and ultimately create more stable, consistent, and persistent profitability.

My Father Harrison Owen wrote a book in 1987 entitled SPIRIT – Transformation and Development in Organizations spiritSelf-Published in 1987 because most of the world didn’t believe that “Spirit” and “Organization” played well together (if at all).

SPIRIT and LOVE DO belong in healthy organizations.

As Joel Manby says, this must be a “BE” thing rather than a “DO” thing. Mandating Love and Spirit doesn’t work . . . They are to be cultivated over time.

The Leaders who don’t get this leap frog through careers of 18-24 months “gigs” . . . They buzz in and roll a bunch of heads and get the numbers in-line and then (through promotion or recruitment to other companies) go away. Invariably, the numbers don’t self-sustain resulting in another new “Leader” coming in to get the numbers (Profit) back in black.

Harrison Owen is a firm believer that we are not “creating” this Spirit (Love) . . . It is and always has been present in EVERYTHING . . . and all we’ve got to do is Open SPACE for self-organization to thrive.

So LEADERS . . . Quit working so hard and Open Space for Creativity, Spirit, and Love to do what they are chomping at the bit to do . . . Propel your organization to the TOP and keep it there indefinitely.

The only way to mess this up is to close the space.

As Pareto Realty continues to gain momentum, I stay tuned to the fact that in September of 2010 I really didn’t do much more than Open Space for what I believe to be a fabulous and unique Real Estate Sales Firm here in Middle Tennessee . . . and I know that as long as we stay true to our purpose and continue to invite others in (We know the right people will come), our firm will continue to grow and prosper.

With Love,


Published by Barry Owen

Strategist-CEO of Pareto Realty Real estate sales Professional Inviter-Facilitator-Practicer of Open Space Technology Opening safe space for people & organizations to self-organize around issues & opportunities BarryOwen.US Invite-Listen-Love

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