Do I belong here?
Belonging is a wildly undervalued condition required for human performance.
When the answer is a resounding Yes, people do this best work.
When there is even a little doubt, several problems happen.
Team members focus on protecting themselves. They become anxious and fearful. The team's performance suffers.
The unwritten rule in many organizations:
Prove yourself and then you can belong here.
Create unconditional belonging.
Where people belong whatever their personal story and sense of identity.
How to achieve this?
Owen Eastwood shares several techniques in Belonging.
The common theme is storytelling.
We look to our leaders to be the storyteller-in-chief and expect them to personify our tribal identity.
- Who came before us?
- What wisdom can we learn from their story?
- What legacy will we create?