Are you putting in heart work? This is what we do when we are honest, sincere, and work from our heart. Some may say, authentic.
At first you may have wondered if “heart work” was a typo. No, it is not a typo.
In the late 1980’s, I used a piece of scotch tape to adhere a little quote cut from a magazine to the side of my amber computer monitor. Although I don’t know who deserves the credit, the quote was something like this, “Be honest and work from your heart, when you love what you do, you’ll do a good job.”
I’ve never forgotten it.
Working from your heart makes a difference. It feels different to you and it looks, feels, and sounds different to your coworkers.
Recently, at the end of a speaking engagement an audience member asked me, “How do you recommend engaging people in your workplace for a change that they may not agree with?”
My immediate answer was, “You have to be compelling.”
I continued for a few minutes to describe that when you are behind something that you believe in and you’ve done your homework on the topic, it is easy to be compelling.
You believe it, you trust it, and it shows.
This is a fundamental principle, at least for me. I believe this ignites a compelling message. When you memorize a response (different from homework) or strategize in advance for the perfect response, it sounds as it is, rehearsed.
As the years go by in my career, I’ve developed a deeper appreciation for authenticity.
What about you? Are you doing the heart work?
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.