It matters to nine out of ten people to feel worthy, but five out of ten people struggle to feel worthy, particularly at work. This difference results in what I call a “Worthiness Gap,” the gap between how important it is to feel worthy and how much we struggle to do so.
Intrigued by this gap and its impact on the human experience, our Chief Experience Officer, Amelia Dunlop, led a quantitative study of 6,000 people in the US to better understand feelings of love and worth in the workplace.
In her new book, Elevating the Human Experience: Three Paths to Love and Worth at Work, Amelia relates the findings from the research and shares her personal journey to find love and worth at work. With courage and authenticity, she weaves together insights from philosophers, theologians, and sociologists with the stories of people from diverse backgrounds gathered during her research.
The book introduces three paths to love and worth in the workplace that allow individuals to create the professional experience they desire for themselves, their teams, and their clients. Love, defined as choosing to extend yourself to nurture your own or another’s growth, is fundamental to elevating the human experience and leads to more productive and creative outcomes at work.
- The first path explores the path of the self, an inward path where we learn to love ourselves when we show up for work.
- The second path centers around learning to love and recognize the worth of another in our lives. These connections add to our mirrored worth, the worth we feel mirrored back to us by another, and provide a source of meaning to our lives.
- The third path considers the community of work and learning to love and recognize the worth of others we meet at work every day. It explores how to overcome obstacles to love and worth in our communities, systems, and culture, especially for those who may be systematically marginalized, unseen, or unrepresented.
Elevating the Human Experience: Three Paths to Love and Worth at Work breaks new ground in exploring the importance of love and worth in the workplace. It’s a must-read for anyone who’s ever struggled to feel worthy or who knows or leads those who do.
This book will inspire readers to seek change in the way they see themselves and extend that same love and worth to a broader community of work. It’s a practical approach to elevating the human experience that will lead to important conversations about values and purpose, and ultimately, meaningful change.
“Amelia offers a roadmap for bringing our whole selves through the door at work to forge richer relationships and to create more affirming work environments.” - Enshalla Anderson, Global Head of Brand Strategy, Google Cloud
“This is an outrageously intelligent and heartfelt book.” - Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Soul Therapy
“Brilliant and brave. Brilliant because of the stories, models and applications that compose Elevating the Human Experience. Brave because it is a rarely discussed truth that love is the unseen guiding force in all great work. Amelia Dunlop bridges the most human of all emotions with the desire for worth and purpose in a new and profound way. One of the most original books of its kind in years.” - David Baum, Ph.D., D.Min., author of Lightning in a Bottle: Proven Lessons for Leading Change and The Randori Principles
"By organizing this incisively original, deeply personal meditation around the vital concepts of love and worth, Amelia Dunlop takes her place among the truly distinctive thinkers to have addressed this most important of questions: enhancing lived human experience." - Rogan Kersh, Provost and Professor, Wake Forest University
“Amelia Dunlop makes the bold proposition that we should be the same person at work as we are at home. She adds the equally bold idea that love (of self and others) should be a part of our work lives. Through her own vulnerability in these pages, she invites us to open up, to connect, and to adopt the radical idea that we can be fully human, even in that place we call 'work.' This book is for managers and the managed, for-profit and non-profit, secular corporations and religious institutions, companies big and small—any organization that wants team members to think creatively, speak boldly, work passionately, collaborate deeply, and actually thrive at work.” - Aaron M. G. Zimmerman, Episcopal priest and host of Same Old Song podcast
“Elevating the Human Experience: Love and Worth at Work is personal; it’s insightful; and it’s exactly what is needed right now as many of us reckon with how to reconcile our humanity and our careers.” - Dane Jensen, CEO, Third Factor, author of The Power of Pressure
“Elevating the Human Experience represents a heartfelt and deep paradigm shift. While most business leaders walk on eggshells trying to describe the humanity and emotional wellbeing of their workforce, Amelia Dunlop, simply and satisfyingly, asks us to love.” - Renato Mazziero, Vice President, Experience and Innovation, Thrivent
“The prospect of a workplace that incorporates love as a means of unlocking, even transforming the humans who comprise it, is a bold stroke. Connecting investment in the human experience at work with individual and organizational performance, Elevating the Human Experience is a refreshing and inspiring work.” - Tim NeCastro, President & CEO, Erie Insurance Group
Amelia Dunlop is the Chief Experience Officer for Deloitte Digital and leads our Customer Strategy & Applied Design practice. She is passionate about elevating the human experience and exploring how organizations can connect with the humans whom they call customers and employees. She loves solving messy problems that require both new insights about what it means to be human and new innovative solutions.
Amelia speaks and publishes frequently on the topic of the human experience, strategy, and innovation. She received Consulting Magazine’s 2020 Top Women in Technology award for Excellence in Innovation. She holds a degree in sociology from Harvard University, a master’s degree in theology from Boston College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Cambridge University. Originally from London, Amelia now lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her husband and three children.
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