06 Mar 2021

    Many organisations advocate the importance of having an ‘open and honest culture’ and even run training programmes on taking a constructive approach to conflict.  But I find that people who attend such trainings and leave excited to put this new, empowering way of working into action often get shut down by their managers at first attempt.   This can lead to a culture of avo...

12 Mar 2021

In the early 2000s life was full on – I had 3 children under 5 and was contemplating a fourth but I turned round to my husband in exasperation and said ‘But no one works full time in Software sales and has four children!’.   He said ‘Why not? What’s stopping you?’   There was no reason not to have a fourth child, we were good parents, we could afford it, we had the house to accommodate a...

21 Mar 2021

Choosing to challenge the board, especially when you are a new board member is not easy. Choosing to challenge comes with the territory of being a board member. There is no one way to be a board member, you have got to bring your whole self to the role. I am one of two board members who are Diversity Champions and I am proud to say, we are doing the work. I have to say that being a board...

28 Mar 2021

  So IBM’s ConnectingWomen@IBM womens network had come a long way since its inauguration back in the early 2000s – the network was solid and had its respected place internally in UK & Europe but what was the next step?  How were we to keep it going?  What would be the key to its longevity? I felt we had to have more affect on everyday business so how could we be more integrated ...

07 Apr 2021

IWD2021 launched an invitation for you to #ChooseToChallenge.  I trust you have started on that journey and are learning new ways to progress through this invitation. Most often, challenge leads to a situation of conflict - either within your self, or with others. My eBook guide on how you can #ChooseToChallenge provides you with concrete strategies to transform any conflict situation in...

23 Apr 2021

Kami Nuttall our Senior Insights Consultant on why it is important for employees to speak up and experience being heard...   I often reflect on why it is important for employees to be able to speak up at work. Employees should be able to speak up about anything, from sharing feedback and ideas around innovation, to calling out unacceptable and toxic behaviours. The ability to speak ...

03 May 2021

Listening is one of the easiest ways to show respect to customers, employees or family members. It says that you care, are interested in the other person, and value their opinion and relationship. Does your business have a listening culture? A culture of listening creates strong and trusting relationships, and if done well, will encourage creativity and more thoughtful and empowered idea...

10 Jun 2021

Is a conversation about privilege counter-productive to equity at work?   We at Belonging Pioneers have been inquiring into Privilege recently. A lot is being said about white privilege…and it is causing a lot of polarisation…which we find counter-productive. Privilege in our view is held by all human beings…maybe not all the time…but definitely at some points during each human bein...

16 Jun 2021

Love this refreshing blog by our Social Media specialist!  Aminat has joined our team through the Kickstart scheme and is inspiring us with her bubbly personality and original approach.  Would love your thoughts about her views on privilege. BLOG BY AMINAT ADENUGA - SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST AT BELONGING PIONEERS. In this day and age race, gender, sexuality, music, fashion style and  the n...