Episode 17

Saiyyidah Zaidi: Belonging in the workplace

Take a moment and ask yourself: what do you stand for and how do you want to show up at work? These are the two critical questions when you think about your identity. And if you feel a sense of belonging, a concept far richer and deeper than just inclusion, you’re going to feel that you can express your identity fully and openly.

Creating the conditions for this requires deep listening to what people say, don’t say, how they express themselves, as well as the curation of great questions. Great conversations require people to leave their egos behind and be courageous in addressing what really matters.

In this podcast, Saiyyidah Zaidi, author, researcher, and coach, describes these concepts clearly and vividly, explaining why they matter so much. She draws on her experience in her own career, family life and as a coach and doctorate student. This is a thoughtful, reflective conversation that left me feeling clearer about these concepts and in awe of Saiyyidah’s drive to foster a greater sense of belonging of all people at work.

The best bits of these conversations are captured in my newsletter Flashes+Sparks.

Further resources

Saiyyidah Zaidi (pronounced say-ee-dah, meaning ‘female leader’) is an experienced coach, facilitator and supervisor, working internationally and across sectors.

VIEW RUNNING ORDER

03.17 The concept of identity.
04.56 How much work you need to do on your identity.
06.15 Where to start work on developing your identity.
08.04 The art of great conversation.
10.30 What gets in the way of holding great conversations.
14.23 The meaning of ‘lifelong learning’.
15.39 The biggest thing she learnt over the last year.
21.02 Belonging in the workplace.
24.16 Actions you can take to improve belonging.
29.17 The power of a family meeting.
33.38 Saiyyidah’s impact.

“Belonging is not just something to do with inclusion and diversity. It’s for everybody.”

Saiyyidah Zaidi, author, researcher & coach

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