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Belonging and Healing - Creating awesomeness for yourself and others

Belonging is a basic human need. We all need to feel like we belong.

Ubuntu is an African spiritual healing journey followed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former South African President Nelson Mandela. In Belonging and Healing: Creating Awesomeness for Yourself and Others, Dr. Dave Cornelius draws upon the powerful philosophy of Ubuntu to deliver a simple roadmap to building positive teams and relationships, improving engagement and performance.

In Belonging and Healing: Creating Awesomeness for Yourself and Others you will learn:

  • The importance of belonging and why we all need to belong somewhere
  • The language of belonging and how you can adjust your language to be more inclusive
  • How Ubuntu can help you develop successful organizations
  • How Ubuntu conquers narcissism and microaggressions
  • How to develop and implement a vision and practice for belonging


Dr. Dave Cornelius is a business executive and organizational coach who works with Fortune 50 to Fortune 500 companies and has helped them to generate over $1 billion in customer revenue. In this book, he brings together his extensive experience to deliver a transformational text to help coaches, industry leaders, and business owners.

With bonus content including conversations with MCC Coach Nobanto Mpotulo of Ubuntu Coaching in South African and Therapist Tracy Treacy of D&S Healing Center.  Belonging and Healing: Creating Awesomeness for Yourself and Others will transform the way you relate to those around you. It will take you on a healing journey so you can rise above your past to achieve your potential – and help those around you to do the same.

These principles are explored and presented, making it a practical, thought-provoking book that takes self-help concepts and puts them to work in the context of business success.

About Dr. Dave Cornelius aka Dr. Dave

Dr. Dave Cornelius, aka “Dr. Dave,” is a business, executive, and organizational coach, partnering with leaders and teams in for-profit, startup, and non-profit organizations to deliver a level of awesomeness that meets their goals. He works with Fortune 50 to Fortune 500 companies, helping them to deliver more than $1 billion in customer value. His clients include General Motors (GM) Financial, Pet Smart, Schneider Electric, Accenture, Improving, Centene, and others.  Dr. Dave is a coach to university researchers to facilitate the commercialization of their startup ideas and bring them to market. 

Dr. Dave delivers in-person and virtual immersive learning experiences in agile (Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, etc.), design thinking, lean startup, and professional speaking. His doctoral manuscript focused on “The Value of Scrum to Organizations” in support of his management and organizational leadership doctoral path. He also holds a BS in computer science and an MBA.

Dr. Dave is a big community contributor and the founder of the Agile for Humanity conference and meetup that supports the BIPOC community to have a voice in the product development and technology fields. He is the founder of the 5 Saturdays ( STEAM program that empowers under-estimated high school students to pursue knowledge and careers in STEM fields.

He is the author of five books (Transforming Your Leadership Character: The Lean Thinking and Agility Way, Elastic Minds: What are you thinking?, Prayers to my Abba Father God, Belonging and Healing, and Deliver Value). 

You will find his monthly podcast and blog, KnolShare with Dr. Dave, on popular streaming services as well as

Dr. Dave is a husband, dad, and grandfather.

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What People Are Saying

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  • This book was a great read! A lot of thought-provoking content for me. I especially enjoyed learning about the Ubuntu principles and hope to apply them more in my life's journey. The book made me reassess my willingness to act and support in certain areas of my personal and professional life where I want to move beyond empathy and into compassion (there it was on page 15 - had me thinking right out of the gate and never stopped). Thanks Dr. Dave!  -- Phil


  • What gets in the way of belonging is fear. Dr. Dave's work serves as a guide to building the awareness of this and moving past it to lean into healing. It takes courage to do this work. This quote resonates for me as I think of Dr. Dave's compassionate and human expression in this book. -- Alicia


  • The work he has done in this book is a refreshing approach on the important topic of DEI and introduces the fascinating practice of Ubuntu, which is a spiritual healing journey and has great potential to help many people peel off the effects of not belonging in a society where all humans should be honored as they hold a valuable and unique space in the world. -- Cherie


  • By coupling the sense of belonging with a sincere focus on the diverse level of healing that may be required to obtain this state of being, Dr. Dave has written a book that not only informs, but also has the potential to significantly improve the overall performance of individuals and organizations. -- Earl

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Belonging Belongs to Everyone.  Healing Sustains it!

New Book, “Belonging and Healing: Creating awesomeness for yourself and others” Reveals Rare Insight into Workspace Dynamics and How to Flip the Script on the Struggles Inherent to them

TUCSON, AZ. Tuesday, July 19, 2022 (For immediate Release) — With his latest book, Belonging and Healing, Dr. Dave A. Cornelius embarks on a journey of discovery on his reader’s behalf, delivering a detailed account of what the Ubuntu principles are and how they can better the individual and the group. A sprawling investigation and narrative brimming with real-life examples, first-person accounts, and historical case studies - including those of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu — each carefully drafted, told, and curated.


Belonging and Healing powerfully shows age-old wisdom under the light of a new contemporary setting. Dr. Cornelius propels us through a compelling, through-provoking tale that explores how the Ubuntu principles can radically improve and shift the workspace paradigm — safeguarding and securing the psychological and physical well-being of colleagues and staff members. How such principles can boost engagement and performance and create invigorating spaces for people of unique backgrounds.


“By coupling the sense of belonging with a sincere focus on the diverse level of healing that may be required to obtain this state of being, Dr. Dave has written a book that not only informs, but also has the potential to significantly improve the overall performance of individuals and organizations.”


“Dr. Dave” is a business, executive, and organizational coach that has been in the forefront of some of the biggest Transformation initiatives in most industries — he has shared his vision through four (4) previous books and continues to inform and delight his audience with KnolShare with Dr. Dave, a thriving podcast and blog. His newest book, Belonging and Healing: Creating awesomeness for yourself and others, is now available in eBook and print at Amazon.


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Belonging and Healing Podcast Episodes

A special thank you to Tracy Treacy, founder of D & S Healing Center, for sharing her knowledge in the KnolShare with Dr. Dave podcasts on the topics of  belonging and healing covered in this book. Tracy is my lifelong sister, friend, and partner in healing. We found a project that we can collaborate on to bring about healing for others.

Gratitude to Nobantu Mpotulo from Ubuntu Coaching in South Africa for sharing her knowledge about the practice of Ubuntu. Nobantu helped me understand the foundational premise that Ubuntu is the way of being, a way of life that takes into consideration the importance of interconnection, the importance of working with others, and the importance of seeing the good in others.

Ubuntu: A Conversation with Dr. Dave and Nobantu Mpotulo

The Language of Belonging: A Conversation with Dr. Dave and Tracy Treacy

The Root Before the Fruit: A Conversation with Dr. Dave and Tracy Treacy

Why Is Belonging Important? A Conversation with Dr. Dave and Tracy Treacy

Sense Your Space for Belonging: A Conversation with Dr. Dave and Tracy Treacy

Healing, the Antidote to Trauma: A Conversation with Dr. Dave and Tracy Treacy

A belonging strategy will help a community or organization to create a vision that can be realized and changed when necessary. Strategy is a general direction set for a community, organization, or group to achieve a desired state in the future. The belonging strategy should be measurable, provide benefits to its intended recipients, achievable, and shareable. The approach to defining the belonging strategy will use the IDEO strategic process map.

Somatic healing experiences engage the body and draw from the basic functions of the nervous system in treatment. Somatic therapy operates off the idea that what happens to you in your life is stored not only in your mind but also in your body.

The fundamental meaning of Ubuntu is that things we learn, and experience are based on relationships we have with other people. People have meaning because we learn to love others as we love ourselves. Each interaction is a gift and enriches our lives. Ubuntu is an African spiritual healing journey. Ubuntu is about community, integrity, and honesty; it's really the spirit of togetherness.

Ubuntu trumps narcissism. Ubuntu by design is about equality between each person and not one person being superior to the other. Narcissism contradicts the goals of Ubuntu, which is about oneness between people and not for the edification of the individual.

Microaggressions are subtle statements and actions that imply a bias against a person based on gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. The practice of Ubuntu is a remedy to this disparity to encourage us to go far together and remove the microaggressions that ultimately limit progress of non-white people.

Practicing the habit of equality with people in your family, community, and organization will lead to gratitude that relieves the stresses of being overwhelmed by narcissism, microaggression, apathy, and fear.

How powerful is it to know that your people already have what it takes to win? The quality of relationships with partners, peers, and leaders is built on the premise that we are equals and we are cheering for the success of all.

We experience belonging when there is a sense of acceptance, inclusion, and identity within a specific group. Since birth, most humans have been guided to belong to our family and community. This behavior is not limited to humans but includes some mammals that are part of the animal kingdom.

Everyone needs belonging in a community or organization. Trevor Noah, the South African comedian and host of The Daily Show, struggled with belonging because of his bi-racial identity growing up in South Africa. In his book, Born a Crime, he shared about the struggles of finding belonging because of the laws in South Africa that could have landed him in an orphanage.

The powerful words are helpful to uplift our spirit and make us feel kindness. A simple expression of “I value you because your partnership in our collaboration helps me with my blind spots” informs an individual of the value contributed in the partnership at work or home.

Belonging is essential to our human existence. Instinctually, our need to belong draws us into relationships that are helpful for spiritual, emotional, and physical development. The experience of healthy belonging in a positive relationship and environment helps us to feel valued. Some relationships may not always provide the beneficial experiences that we desire and can be deadly. Belonging can be a generative experience that is beneficial for everyone.

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