• Belonging

  • The Ancient Code of Togetherness
  • By: Owen Eastwood
  • Narrated by: Toby Webster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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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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Excellent insights, stories and learnings!

Really loved this audiobook! The stories and insights Owen shares help us to better understand the importance of cultivating belonging for the greater good in all areas - sporting teams, corporate cultures and communities. His experience is incredible and the stories that support the teachings super engaging. I love the ancient wisdom he shares and being from Aotearoa NZ myself I am grateful to learn lessons on cultivating belonging to better serve youth /rangatahi and communities. This is so timely for our world right now - I want to listen to it all over again!

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Stunning

This book offered so much in so many areas of life and leadership. The fact that it has an Aotearoa (New Zealand) background and numerous sports stories makes it highly relatable for me as a Kiwi.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to consider what they are doing to grow the sense of belonging in all spaces they tread. Thank you. Ngā mihi ki a koe mo to aroha, mo to manaaki, Mr Eastwood

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Life Changing

As an elite sports coach who lives outside the box to build teams, I have been looking for this book my entire career.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-25-21

Best leadership and sports book of the year

Brilliant thanks so much for for this gift Eoin Eastwood!
A must read for leaders, parents, teachers and sports lovers

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  • Majid Hussain
  • 09-23-21

Interesting insight

The Author has worked with many different teams and it’s clear each team was unique to what it needed. This book is more about creating the right culture in your team by getting the players to feel they belong. The book shows that there are many things to consider to get things right in a team. I will definitely listen to this again when/if I get in a position where I’m leading a team.

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  • Keith James
  • 06-19-21

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-22

Amazing book

Anyone that has a keen interest on group development, working with teams, wanting to create a better environment for people will benefit from reading/listening to this.

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  • Ian D
  • 04-28-22

Phenomenal Book

If they marketed a 'Belonging' t shirt, pyjamas and underwear I would buy them all to complete the set. Never thought a book could have such an impact. Thought provoking, makes you reflective and puts life into perspective. Straight into my top two books ever.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-22

l loved it.

Excellent book. Full of wisdom.. Everyone working with the public would do well to read it.

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  • Tim
  • 12-20-21

Exceptional Book

This book was absolutely riveting. I had so many aha moments and epiphanies I lost count. Really well put together, and the author has massive experience and credibility having worked with numerous top teams. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-21

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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  • Mjbzoom
  • 06-17-21

Valuable Writing

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

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  • Mark
  • 09-02-21

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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  • Tracie
  • 06-29-21

Aotearoa view

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

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  • Kate
  • 10-07-21

Brilliant

An incredible book, full of insights and beautiful story-telling that chart how the lessons of our ancestors can be pivotal in setting up success for self and teams in the present day.

For anyone who is interested in how the ancient traditions have chartered success for some of modern-times greatest teams.

An original and instructive account of how the greatest leaders have used these frameworks to build inclusive and high performing teams.

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  • Mrs
  • 09-05-21

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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  • Gavin Bell
  • 08-04-21

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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  • Rohan S.
  • 07-04-21

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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  • Phil Botterill
  • 06-09-21

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.