On today’s show I talk about focusing on inclusion and belonging, which is Pillar #2 from my new book, We’re All in This Together: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging. Inclusion is about having respect for and appreciation of the differences of everyone on our team, and belonging is about creating an environment in which everyone knows they’re an integral part of the group. Belonging is a fundamental human need.
These things are essential to the health, culture, and success of our teams (and any group), and they’re often difficult to address authentically for a number of reasons. It takes willingness, awareness, and courage for us to both engage in authentic conversations about inclusion and belonging, and to actually move things in a positive direction on these fronts. And, if our teams are going to thrive, we must be willing to do this important work together in an on-going and effective way.