Author, Paul Meshanko reveals the transformational power of respect in the workplace in his book, “The Respect Effect”. Through a combination of unintentional or purposeful ignorance, at times we inadvertently treat others with disrespect. The resulting costs to organizations in litigation, low productivity, lack of employee engagement and trust in company leaders are staggering.
By examining the neurology of human interaction, Meshanko explains how each of our brains are profoundly influenced by how we are treated by others.
“When we’re treated with respect, our brains literally light up and perform at their highest levels. When treated with disrespect, the higher thought processes in our brains go dormant. Hijacked by our primitive survival wiring, we become diminished assets to our employers and organizations.”
Definition of Respect: Respect is an active process of non-judgmentally engaging people from all backgrounds. It is practiced to increase our awareness and effectiveness, and demonstrated in a manner that esteems both us and those with whom we interact.
Meshanko identifies 12 Rules of Respect. These include:
- Be aware of our non-verbal and extra-verbal cues
- Develop curiosity for the perspective of others
- Explain why we disagree, when we do
“Paul takes the concept of respect and turns in into a powerful leadership tool for the business world. By first proving respect’s power, economically and psychologically, he lays a foundation for his potent cultural change tools. His blueprint for success is sharp and relevant, and of course, starts with respect for ourselves.”
— Dr. Stephen G. Payne, President, Leadership Strategies, Princeton, NJ