346: The Bold Move of Belonging at Work – Rhodes Perry

We all have our own insecurities about fitting in, in life and especially at work. It can be a frickin’ challenge when you don’t have the warm fuzzies that you can be part of the team and it gets in the way of how you contribute. Before you know it work sucks, your co-workers suck, and life sucks. But why settle for the mundane when you can show up as yourself, be valued, and love what you contribute, and in return be respected for who you are, regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity. The real question then becomes, “How do you do that?”

Friend and award winning social entrepreneur and new author, Rhodes Perry, steps once again into the Life (UN)Closeted studios with me to explore the world of Belonging At Work, which just happens to be the title of his new book. Through candid stories, case studies, and practical strategies, Rhodes is inspiring leaders and teams to create welcoming cultures where everyone can show up authentically as themselves, feeling values for their contributions. it’s a bold move to breakthrough the status quo just showing up for the paycheck, and actually showing up because you want to be there fully as yourself. Today we will help you discover how you can change your approach to belonging at work.

Show Highlights

  • Discover what leaders in business are deathly afraid of doing
  • Here’s one thing that everyone can do – change the culture regardless of where you sit in the organization
  • Why do organizations suffer from analysis paralysis when it comes to company culture?
  • __% of people feel they don’t have purpose in their work. This number is shocking
  • There is no such thing as quick fix when it comes to this in the workplace

About Rhodes

Rhodes Perry is an award winning social entrepreneur, sought after speaker, and a nationally recognized LGBTQ thought leader. Media outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, and The Huffington Post have featured his powerful work as a diversity, equity, and inclusion expert. Rhodes is the founder and CEO of Rhodes Perry Consulting (RPC), a firm established to support leaders, change agents, and visionaries at all levels cultivate workplace cultures of belonging.

Serving clients in nearly every part of the United States, and several international organizations, the firm continues to grow as the go-to diverse supplier offering an intersectional approach to building inclusive organizations with a demonstrated record of success, commitment, and passion. The firm offers leadership development and change management solutions designed to improve the social, environmental, and economic performance of government agencies, corporations, and nonprofits.

Rhodes believes in the power of bringing authenticity into the workplace and community service. He embraces Muhammad Ali’s message that “service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” He volunteers his time serving on the National Diversity Board for Studies Weekly, the Board of Directors for the Portland Area Business Association, and as a Commissioner for the Portland Human Rights Commission. He is also the host and creator of the popular podcast, The Out Entrepreneur, which features the power of purpose driven LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. He travels extensively with his bicycle around the world, and welcomes inspiration for his next great bike touring adventure.

About The Book

Belonging at Work empowers business leaders, change agents, visionaries, and those on their way to joining them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to build inclusive organizations. The personal stories, case studies, and practical strategies featured in the book offer everything you need to cultivate workplace cultures where all of your stakeholders can show up authentically and feel valued and respected for their contributions. Rhodes Perry’s visionary book serves as a blueprint for the future of work. His message inspires leaders at all levels within the organization to join the #BelongingMovement focused on positively impacting workplace cultures around the globe.

Belonging at Work helps you understand:

• What it means to belong.
• Why belonging matters to the future of work.
• How leaders can positively impact workplace culture.
• Where to find concrete strategies and connect with culture change thought leaders.
• Strategies to hold yourself accountable to be the change you want to see in the workplace.

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