Are you looking to be inspired by a story of finding a sense of identity as a young wahine Māori in Aotearoa, and the journey of communicating this vulnerable process of reconnecting to both her Pākehā and Māori whakapapa
Are you looking at getting an understanding from your team/group about what they think makes a great place to work, and hear ways to see you’re getting it right for them?
With a background as physiotherapist, Bridge brings intrapersonal and interpersonal skills with a dose of unmatchable curiosity, to stand beside you when building communication and emotional skills for leadership growth
Organisations that display empathy function better
Emotional culture is crucial to organisational performance. When companies identify the key drivers of their employees not only does engagement increase and morale improve, productivity and employee retention increase. As a result, bottom-line profits go up.
As shown by Harvard Business Review article ‘Manage Your Emotional Culture’, and supporting research by Sigal Barsade (Professor of Management at Wharton) and Olivia A. O’Neill (Senior Scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being).
The Challenge we Face
There is a significant communication, understanding, and empathy gap in many workplaces.
Most organisations and leaders underestimate the influence emotion has on their culture and leadership. The emotional culture of an organisation influences employee satisfaction, burnout, teamwork, and even hard measures such as financial performance and absenteeism. But organisations (and leaders) don’t talk about emotion because it’s difficult and considered soft. Or they don’t have the skills to leverage emotion.
After qualifying as a physiotherapist from University of Otago, Bridge worked in the clinic for two years with patients. Although she loved this role, her deeper drive for feeling a sense of belonging, and identity, particularly as a wahine Māori, led her to leave clinic work. Bridge took a leap and followed her own or reconnection journey, and weaves this into the mahi she does now.
Because of her passion for effective and transparent communication, Bridge has become extremely passionate about the area of emotional culture in workplaces. Now she predominantly offers workshops with teams to help build their emotional culture, whilst weaving in her own experiences with cultivating a sense of belonging in any environment.
Bridge understands the link emotional wellbeing has to our physical wellbeing, spiritual wellbeing, and social wellbeing (hauora)
Bridge is passionate about bringing her experiences of finding a sense of belonging identifying as a wahine Māori in Aotearoa,
Bridge enjoyed facilitating a safe space for growth as a support coach for 8 week personal development programmes for women
For the previous three years Bridge has been a kaitiaki for Tae Ora Tinana (Māori partner to Physio NZ) in a volunteer capacity,
Bridge thrives off bringing energy to a room, and has loved speaking at a range of events since starting her business in 2021
As a registered celebrant (initially for her brother), Bridge gets very excited at any prospect to celebrant any wedding!