“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald
That if only all the organizations in the world created a thread of belonging entwining every individual in the organization to the core of itself, in such a way that every single person rose, as the organization rose, would be a situation so ideal that each one would say, “I have been working for this organization for the last 22 years.” With pride. With belonging. That.
“If our well-being depends upon the interaction between events in our brains and events in the world, and there are better and worse ways to secure it, then some cultures will tend to produce lives that are more worth living than others; some political persuasions will be more enlightened than others; and some world views will be mistaken in ways that cause needless human misery.”
― Sam Harris, The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
A sense of belonging comes from owning up one’s own vulnerabilities and one’s own strengths and not trying to be something that you are not. It also means accepting other people’s vulnerabilities and strengths and accommodating them in your community in a functional way. Disowning weaknesses while striving to achieve strengths for the sake of performance, is the biggest mistake committed by performance-based organisations.
G Venkataswamy of Arvind Eye is a great example of a person who accommodated both strengths and weaknesses of his family and staff to build one of the fastest growing eye care systems in the world. This is a place where employees love to work, because they belong.
Easterners get energized primarily through a sense of belonging and not merely through performance excellence. The substantiveness of an employee is directly proportional to the feeling of well being that he gets from his company.
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