Good Group Tip from Craig Freshley: Love as a Group Process Tool

Here's a great take on Love as a tool for groups process. From Craig Freshly of Good Group Process in Maine.

In principle, it is love that truly changes hearts and transforms people, not power or rules. It is love that compels sustained changes in behavior, not oaths or doctrines. It is love that provides a willingness to give and it is love that helps us accept, let go, and find peace.

Most group decision-making models encourage that we not include love in the mix. We're supposed to be objective, rational, unemotional. This works well on the field of battle where the goal is to beat the other guys. But it doesn't work well when we are trying to find win-win solutions, peaceful solutions. Peace asks us to love our neighbors.

Practical Tip: It's okay to allow love into your group decision making. This means encouraging passion...and compassion. It means treating everyone as a valued contributor, and no one as an enemy. It means making decisions not just with your head, but also with your heart. It means paying attention not only to the best available knowledge, but to wisdom.

I once heard someone say that "Wisdom equals knowledge plus love."