February is a month symbolic of love and romance. I believe in its deepest form, it is through embodiment of love in action that is most powerful. Extending from personal acts to the professional workplace, creating a culture of kindness and collaboration is needed more than ever.
What are the acts that have touched your heart lately? Here are some that have touched mine:
- A “tribe” of mothers of young children sharing “mom karma” by helping take care of the children when the mother is sick. (It takes a village)
- Colleagues contributing time and extending expertise to support the organization during a company retreat.
- The rebuilding efforts from so many during the devastating natural disasters of this last year.
- Global efforts in building homes, providing food and caring for the least fortunate to survive.
- A gala fundraiser inspiring time, dedication, community donations generating buckets of money to support the most vulnerable in our community.
- Signs of solidarity in workplaces for inclusion, safety and true community.
These examples give hope and inspiration. How we show up for one another generates connection. In the workplace, it builds a cohesive team.
Imagine a home or workplace where you feel that your contributions, strengths and talents matter and a culture of appreciation and recognition are strong. It results in creating a space where one can be themselves.
Languages of Appreciation:
For the next weeks in February, we will highlight one language of appreciation a week to focus on. Take the the 5Love Languageshttp://5Lovelanguages.com and/or Appreciation at Work http://appreciationatwork.com to identify your top preferred language.
Acts of Service
What act of service have you generated that made a difference?
What act of service has a co-worker, team member or family member contributed that you appreciated?
Here are tips on asking and receiving acts of service:
- Ask, don’t assume. Asking- how can I help you is much more effective that jumping in before being invited.
- Offer support from a positive, generous attitude, not one begrudgingly out of obligation
- Be clear in your “ask” and request for help. Be specific.
- Show up with reliability- complete the offering in its entirety.
- Be gracious in receiving.
- Create a culture of kindness and collaboration. In families and work teams, we can create compassionate opportunities, causes and events to create outreach that makes a difference.
Look for opportunities this week to be helpful, through actions, no matter how small.