From our research we’ve mapped the science of Belonging and now we want to celebrate the art with you. This series shares personal stories about our collective search for Belonging.
In this first video our CEO and co-founder, Rhonda Brighton-Hall, introduces the series and shares some of our favourite insights from Jessica Bulger, Adam Davids, Phil Hayes-St Clair, Ronni Kahn, Alicia Luong, Bobbi Mahlab, and Jordan O’Reilly. Enjoy!
Jessica Bulger on Belonging
We are all accountable to creating workplaces and communities in which we help others to feel like they belong. Full of insights into how you can make a positive impact, we are proud to share with you this reflection on belonging from Jessica Bulger, the Director of Engagement at CareerTrackers.
“Just recognising the work people do, shows them that they are valued and that they belong. It’s so simple to just say your contribution makes a difference…it reaches people and it makes an impact“
“We share a vision to do something great. But belonging for me is also about where you come from”
Phil Hayes St-Clair on Belonging
Helping someone to feel they Belong can be as simple as creating the space to listen to their perspective and story. This week we are excited to share with you Phil Hayes St-Clair, Co-founder and CEO of DropBio, and his perspective on what it means to create and feel a sense of Belonging. His honesty and deep reverence for the value in every individual’s story really shines through.
“It’s important to listen to people and just make them feel comfortable in their own skin”
“When I think about belonging I think about my closest family and friends, and the people who have helped mentor me over time”
Adam Davids on Belonging
To Belong is to share in a community and a purpose. This week we are excited to feature the Director of Learning at CareerTrackers, Adam Davids. We love how his reflection on Belonging is so deeply connected to the collective work being done to champion greater opportunities and prosperity for Indigenous Communities.
“To me Belonging means that there is a kind of interconnectedness between individuals that are tied to the same destiny”
“Seeing Indigenous Australians become successful in their fields for me, makes me feel like I Belong and that I can also help break down barriers”
Bobbi Mahlab on Belonging
How can you help someone to feel like they Belong? In this episode Bobbi Mahlab, the Founder & Chair of Mahlab Media shares her own experiences and reflects on the role we all have in contributing to creating a sense of Belonging in our communities and workplaces.
“When people feel like they Belong they’re more relaxed, more receptive, they’re more generous and more kind.”
“Belonging is knowing that there’s not one way of being and that you feel like you can be yourself”
Alicia Luong on Belonging
In this episode Alicia Luong, Head of Art & Executive Assistant of mwah. reflects on what Belonging means to her and how it has shaped her personal and working life.
“It’s somewhere you can feel safe and allows you to be the best version of yourself.”
“Belonging is a feeling, it’s a soft, warm, fuzzy, comforting feeling.”
Jordan O’Reilly on Belonging
In this episode Jordan O’Reilly, the Co-Founder & CEO of Hireup reflects on what it means to Belong and how that has shaped his journey to where he is today.
“I think it’s absolutely essential to our wellbeing. Our physical, emotional and even our spiritual wellbeing.”
“Our ability to get out and contribute all stems from a sense of safety and Belonging in our lives.”
Ronni Kahn on Belonging
In this episode Ronni Kahn, the Founder and CEO of OzHarvest reflects on what it means to Belong and how that has shaped her story and mission.
“It’s about feeling safe. It’s about being able to express myself without fear.”
“When we belong, that’s when we can give back. That’s when we can do more than what we’re asked for.”
What does Belonging mean to you? Let us know!
The science of Belonging – The Culture Dashboard
When we belong we are more confident, creative, generous and collaborative. We want to share, because we’re part of something bigger than ourselves. Is there a science to this? A way to measure Belonging?
We set out to answer this question. Now, after years of research we’re clear on the way to measure, map and understand the complex human system, which is organisational Culture.
This comprises of three core elements:
Map what matters at work to individuals and teams in your organisation
The demographics of your people, how they see themselves and what matters most
The relationships and decision-makers that define your organisation