Paul Meshanko 2017-03-13T17:20:44+00:00
Paul Meshanko

Paul Meshanko

Paul Meshanko has inspired over 500,000 people in 20 countries. He is consistently rated a “best in class” speaker and facilitator by companies nationwide. His speaking themes include workplace diversity, organizational culture, personal effectiveness, change management, team-building, time management and work-life balance. Paul is President & CEO of Legacy Business Cultures and author of The Respect Effect.

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Respect in the Workplace

Respect. It’s a simple concept, a universally powerful motivator, and a core value for many global organizations. Why, then, is it so elusive in the modern workplace? With today’s increasingly diverse workforces, organizational culture has never been more important and a foundation of Respect is the bedrock. It sets the stage for engagement, promotes collaboration and inclusion, and unleashes extraordinary creativity and resilience.

Based on his highly acclaimed new book, The Respect Effect: Using the Science of Neuroleadership to Inspire a More Loyal and Productive Workplace, author and speaker Paul Meshanko goes beyond the typical “feel good” themes of organizational culture and digs deeply into the topics of evolution, psychology and neuroscience to show how powerful of a catalyst Respect can be. More importantly, he shares practical, easy-to-implement strategies for helping to promote respectful work cultures and offers case study details on how best-in-class global employers are already using respect to make a difference with both their cultures and bottom lines.

With his interactive, often humorous style, Paul also helps participants better understand the emotional experience of respect, what it looks and feels like, and how it radically differs from tolerance. He links respect of others to respect of self, discusses how disrespectful behaviors can trigger immediate and lasting damage to our human capital and, most importantly, creates a compelling and articulate call for action.

Key Themes

  • Tolerance is no longer enough
  • The cost of disrespectful behaviors
  • Respect…the new end-game
  • Respect is about me, not “them”
  • Stereotypes, myths and prejudgments
  • Knowledge vs. beliefs
  • Challenging the need to be “right”
  • Healthy self-esteem: The key to respect for others
  • The 12 Rules of Respect

Employee Engagement

The past decade has seen much written about employee engagement. What it is, what it isn’t, how important is it and how you get it. The general concept of engagement is simple. Individual contribution of employees (including managers and leaders) in the workplace is greatly influenced by the strength of their emotional connection to both their company and job. The stronger and more positive that connection, the more likely it is that they will give their best effort – go the proverbial “extra mile” – for the sake of their organization.

But understanding the goal is only a part of the equation. While the vast majority of research clearly shows the positive financial impact of engaged employees, getting them to that state and keeping them there is no easy task. In fact, one recent survey found that as high as 60% of all U.S. employees plan to actively seek new employment in the future.

Based on recent research conducted by a leading U.S. academic institution, participants in this interactive and highly thought-provoking session will learn a proven methodology for attracting, engaging and retaining the best employees possible, even in uncertain (and potentially stressful) work environments. They will also explore what recent advances in neuroscience tell us about human brain function in both engaged and disengaged workers and review best practices from companies that successfully hit the target.

Key Themes

  • Why cultural competency is so important to organizational effectiveness
  • Understanding employee engagement, how it’s measured and what drives it
  • Exploring the attitudes and behavior patterns that promote organizational resilience
  • Re-establishing an organizational vocabulary that constantly nourishes emotional wellness
  • How changing employee demographics affect the engagement equation
  • The science behind emotion and the importance of promoting “I feel valued”
  • The crucial role of managers and leaders in modeling desired behaviors
  • The difficulty with change and how to side-step the “leadership curse”
  • Why respect for people and integrity are becoming the new standards for engaged workforces

Change Management

In this highly entertaining and interactive keynote, Paul Meshanko references the most recent research in neuroscience, psychology and anthropology to equip leaders and their teams to more successfully navigate the seemingly endless changes required of them in both their personal and professional lives. Going “behind the curtains” of how our brains respond to new situations and challenges, the following topics are explored:

Key Themes

  • Charles Darwin and “survival of the fittest”

  • Why we’re wired to resist change

  • Blind spots, bias and reappraising “truth”

  • How language shapes attitudes

  • Minimizing push-back to new ideas and directions

  • Neuroplasticity – the science of behavior and habit changes that stick

About Paul Meshanko

Paul Meshanko is an author, professional speaker and business leader with over 20 years of experience in leadership development and organizational culture change.

After a 12-year career with AlliedSignal, he opened Legacy Business Cultures in 1997 to serve the Nation’s growing demand for innovative and proven strategies for creating best in class workplace cultures. Paul specializes in change management and employee engagement training, diversity and inclusion training, executive coaching and organizational assessments. Under his leadership, the business has grown to become one of the most successful boutique talent and development providers in the country.

As a presenter and facilitator, Paul has captivated over a quarter million leaders and business professionals on five continents. His training materials have been translated into over 25 languages and his newsletter is read by thousands of subscribers each month. His clients have included The Cleveland Clinic, DuPont, Parker Hannifin, BASF, Progressive Insurance, MTD, Johnson Controls, Symantec, McGraw-Hill, Toyota, The U.S. EPA and Ernst & Young. Always with any eye toward research and science, his speaking themes include organizational and personal resilience, work-life balance, employee engagement and respectful work cultures.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a Master’s  degree in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College.

A dedicated husband and father, he served on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

His first book, Conversations on Success, was released in May 2006 and his second, The Respect Effect, was released in May, 2012. This book was expanded with additional research chapters and in 2013, McGraw-Hill published The Respect Effect: Using the science of neuroleadership to inspire a more loyal and productive workplace.

For more information,

  • DuPont
  • Johnson Controls
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Johnsonville
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Parker Hannifin
  • BASF
  • Progressive Insurance
  • MTD
  • Symantec
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Toyota
  • The U.S. EPA
  • Ernst & Young
Fee Schedule: (effective July 19th, 2016).  50% deposit required.

Keynote Speaking – Continental U.S. & Canada:

  • Fee range: $10,000 – $15,000 up to 90 minutes plus travel costs.

Keynote Speaking – International:

  • Fee range: $20,000 – $25,000 up to 90 minutes plus travel costs.

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The Respect Effect, a new book by Paul Meshanko, delivers tools to corporations on knowing how to leverage culture, emotion and neuroscience to improve workplace engagement and productivity.

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“Once again, thank you very much for speaking at the 2009 Cleveland HR Star Conference. I am very pleased to report that you received a 96.55% approval rating which is fantastic to say the least! In addition, 20 people scored you as the best presenter at the conference. Well done!”
Braden Albert, President HR Star Conference
“Home run… you hit the ball right out of the park! Our folks were talking about your presentation on high-performance work cultures for the next two days. My only regret is that we didn’t schedule you to speak longer. Thanks for a great presentation!”
Ed Williams, CEO Blue Ridge Numerics
“I recently attended an awards banquet for the Lake County Safety Council. Mr. Meshanko was the guest speaker and he made this presentation and awards ceremony so much fun. This is the first presentation that I’ve attended where I went back to work and told fellow coworkers about it.”
Laura Cooke, Geauga County Clerk of Courts
“Your presentation on changing culture was right on for our organization. It was refreshing to hear someone who understands the reality of change and key drivers that promote success. We enjoyed your candor and down-to-earth approach.”
Gary Salters, Sr. VP Customer Operations McGraw-Hill Education
“Thank you again for a job well done this week at our Leadership Seminar. I have taken many courses over the years; this one covered areas that will be beneficial for my colleagues and myself. You did an excellent job of facilitating and bringing the group together.”
John Mucciaccio, Director of Manufacturing Operations, Degussa Construction Chemicals Operations, Inc.
“Paul’s keen ability to speak to the heart of the matter, while providing anecdotal examples and humor, makes him tremendously effective as a speaker. He really provides relevance to the subject matter in a human way.”
Tony Bennett, Director of Training & Development, Liebert Global Services / Emerson Electric Corporation

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