The Neurobiology of Belonging in Highly Effective Teams w/ Rajkumari Neogy
Best-Self Management · 48 minutes ·

The Neurobiology of Belonging in Highly Effective Teams w/ Rajkumari Neogy

Research is showing that we all can show up with trauma even if we haven’t personally experienced it, because it can be passed along through our genes! Business leaders and culture architects can benefit from incorporating an awareness of past traumas along with an understanding of neuroscience as it impacts our sense of belonging. Few people understand this better than today’s guest.

As an executive coach with a particular focus on epigenetics and neurobiology, Rajkumari Neogy takes a novel look at how these fields can help us to live better lives. Rajkumari is the creator of the iRestart framework, the Disruptive Diversity Boot Camp and the author of The WIT Factor: Shifting the Workplace Paradigm by Becoming Your Optimal Self.

Rajkumari explains how, as leaders, we need to look at and consider why our people behave in certain ways. Often, this is the result of traumas that our ancestors experienced. In fact, science has shown that we still carry the burden generations later. We may have inherited aspects of our ancestors’ mindset, and organizations can consider this when managing their people. 

We discuss the role, even responsibility, that companies have to become engines of personal transformation. Rajkumari explains how we can intentionally create a culture where people thrive by choosing the language that we use. Since words are integrally tied to feelings, and feelings create our environment, business leaders have the power and responsibility to create the environment of their choosing.

How can you start using different language to create a supportive environment in the workplace? Let’s talk about it in the comments on the episode page!


In this episode

  • Why an understanding of neurobiology and epigenetics matters within any organization
  • How toxic cultures and environments affect us on a genetic level
  • The role of the individual and organizations in shifting mindsets through core beliefs
  • The power of language to create a healthy and cohesive workplace environment
  • Small changes you can start making today to build safety and meaningful communication
  • The power of appreciation and trust to increase performance and engagement



“When we are in an organization or environment that is toxic, it starts to impact the way our gene expression is in our bodies.” [1:58]

“Even though we might be on the receiving end of mindsets, we are in complete control of how we can shift our mindsets. We are the ones who make choices.” [5:31]

“When people become masterful in being able to surface unmet needs in a conversation during a moment of conflict, that can be life-altering for the relationship for the organization.” [17:20]

“You are either in the process of dismantling or building trust in every conversation.” [31:41]



Find Rajkumari Neogy online

Epigenetics - Moshe Szyf

Dr. Rachel Yehuda on The Effects of PTSD

The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman & Paul White

“The Neuroscience of Trust” by Paul J. Zak



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