Tolerance Does Not Equal Respect

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:11+00:00 February 29th, 2012|Categories: Videos|Tags: , |3 Comments

Paul Meshanko explains where tolerance falls on the “respect continuum” at the HR Star Conference, Los Angeles 2012.

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Paul Meshanko
Paul Meshanko is an author, speaker and business leader with over 20 years of experience in corporate training and culture change. As a presenter, he has captivated over a quarter million leaders and business professionals on five continents. His company, Legacy Business Cultures, is a global provider of organizational survey and training services. Paul holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College.


  1. Carl Downey May 31, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I use a range of applications when teaching about the dynamics of relationships.
    Therefore I totally agree that tolerance does not equal respect. When I only feel “tolerated”, or just “put-up with”, I experience “depreciation”. I believe there is a big difference!

    I would like to hear more about your concept. I plan to speak more about the subject.


  2. Melanie Sklarz
    Melanie Sklarz May 31, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Hi Carl! Paul Meshanko speaks at length about this in his book “The Respect Effect.” A new edition will be released later this summer. Here’s more info!

  3. William Aley April 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    The more I think about how we are expected to create an environment of tolerance the more I see how it easily becomes a pathway to the back of the bus.
    It becomes apparent that we do not tolerate intolerance, so thus the oppose was necessary when intolerance was a social norm. In 2014, tolerance of someone is less about acceptance and more about “putting-up”. Yjays the problem with illumination of thpought. One the shadows are removed it’s hard to just accept the ‘same old same old’ as OK. For me I would not want to contribute to a work place where I am tolerated 80% of my time while I am at work. Rather, I would much prefer to believe that 80% of my time at work I’m respected for being there.

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