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Seems like a perfect subject for LUV weekend! You may ask what I mean by “Heart” into an organization. . . into anything for that matter.

We know that women are predominately right-brained although we can quite easily manuever between the 2 hemi’s of the brain. Our right-brained orientation means that we more often exercise our creativity, artistic, what I call the “soft” side of life or business. We engage our emotions more often than men. And that’s a good thing!

“HEART” is a metaphor for our emotions, will, spirit & soul. The totality of our personhood. Everything that defines who we are. Women are more likely to put “heart” into personal & professional life rather than separating intellectual activity & compartmentalizing it as men are prone to do.

When you look at successful organizations run by women, they have a full measure of intellectual prowess. But they bring the full weight of personhood to the table as well. Haven’t you heard the expression - “she brings her ‘heart’ to everything she does!”

I’ve determined, at this point in my ‘chrono-maturity’ that organizations, businesses & anything we do in life must have heart to succeed. It may appear that only putting in our intellectual capabilties will bring us what we want. . . but not in the long run.

Last week at the Indy Confluence meeting, I sat in on a group discussion about networking - making connections, building relationships & developing referral sources.

The 1st activity was to introduce ourselves & state the one challenge we faced in terms of business networking. The women’s comments were dramatically different from the men at the table. One woman mentioned an uncomfortable feeling when meeting at a follow up appointment. Her discomfort had to do with feeling she came with an “ulterior motive” & that was to do business with the other. She felt it was somewhat “dishonest” on her part.

The 2nd woman’s remarks were slightly different, but “heart” comments nonetheless. We agreed the difference in the challenges faced by the women at the table vs the men is “simply a gender thing“.

And it is! It is the difference between “heart/head” and “head-only“.

So how do we put heart into anything we do. We do it naturally because we are women. Even when we’ve almost totally adopted a ‘male’ stance in the marketplace. . . .our feminine inclination to add “heart” to the equation creeps in.

And that’s okay. Really, it is! In fact, in our day, age & economy; folks want as much “heart” as they want “head“. Putting “heart” into our marketplace life is what builds mutual trust. And it’s what grows organizations. . . . in the long run. Organizations that start off slowly, but will endure because “heart” brings with it an honesty of expression that is often lacking elsewhere.

So when you head for the marketplace on Monday - don’t leave your ‘heart’ hanging at the door. Let it be the other half of your equation as you seek to develop & grow whatever it is you do in the marketplace or in the home.

And don’t allow yourselves to be intimidated by those who snicker n’ sneer at our ‘heart’ inclinations. When the dust settles & the day’s achievements are viewed. . . .heart will win out everytime. It may take a while, but trust me - in the long run, it will have been worth the wait!

Have an awesome conclusion to LUV weekend. Savor it all!

Linda, a fellow journeyer
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