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Publisher's Summary

Whakapapa. You belong here.

Whakapapa is a Maori idea which embodies our universal human need to belong. It represents a powerful spiritual belief - that each of us is part of an unbroken and unbreakable chain of people who share a sacred identity and culture.

Owen Eastwood places this concept at the core of his methods to maximise a team's performance. In this book he reveals, for the first time, the ethos that has made him one of the most in-demand performance coaches in the world.

In Belonging, Owen weaves together insights from Homo sapiens's evolutionary story and ancestral wisdom. He shines a light on where these powerful ideas are applied around our world in high-performing settings encompassing sport, business, the arts and military.

Aspects of Owen's unique approach include: finding your identity story, defining a shared purpose, visioning future success, sharing ownership with others, understanding the 'silent dance' that plays out in groups, setting the conditions to unleash talent and converting our diversity into a competitive advantage.

©2021 Marama North Consulting Limited (P)2021 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • 05-09-2021

Inspiring

Book goes onto the core of effective teamwork, telling the story in the way that is relatable, positive and energising. These seemingly simple strategies remind that we are humans and have quite simple needs, but we forget about it. Love it

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Powerful and compulsory reading.

Oh what an incredible book. This book should be compulsory for anyone looking to create and develop true potential of a team. The ease and beauty of our history for told in a way it almost feels like you’ve always known.

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Outstanding

An excellent book. An inspiring read with so many valuable insights!
“When the sun is shining on us we must be guardians of our tribe & of each other”.

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Belonged!

I felt a sense of belonging listening to the science mixed with great anecdotes. Great read for leaders and athletes

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I enjoyed the refreshing, thought provoking views through the Aotearoa lense on leadership to enhance belonging.

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Oozing kiwi-ness

There are loads of books on the topic of building great teams but this one is wonderfully different. It is oozing kiwi-ness, and calls upon our shared cultural heritage to highlight our strengths and opportunities to come together and belong. To create something bigger than ourselves, a shared vision of the bigger flow of life and our role in it. Thanks Owen, and all the best to you as you continue to speak these words of wisdom in a world that seems so far detached from your message of hope and destiny.

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  • 23-07-2021

Great read, a must if you operate in a team (all of us)

Great read looking at teams through a kaupapa Maori perspective, eloquently explains Maori principles in a very simple way, highly recommended.

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  • 19-06-2021

Clever way to learn

Narrator very calm and relaxing tone. content of the book focuses primarily on real life and history created by cultural heritage and personal development through identity. Good examples of leaders, coaches and players ups and downs through campaigns.

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  • 17-06-2021

Valuable Writing

Extremely transferable to my role and work. Thank you for such powerful insight and enlightenment. Love this book!

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