About 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.

The truth about respect – it’s about you, not them

By |2017-01-13T13:41:43-05:00May 16th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

All paths we take toward others eventually circle back to ourselves. Even if you personally make the commitment to practice respect, not everyone you meet will do the same. When we commit to a path of respect, we do so in spite of others' behaviors because it reflects who we are at our core.

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The Art of Being Wrong

By |2019-06-18T21:30:36-04:00March 9th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , , |

Every day brings a myriad of opportunities to increase our awareness, wisdom and, ultimately, effectiveness. The problem is that most of us walk right past these opportunities because of a little glitch in our mental "software"... the need to be right. In this article, Paul Meshanko discusses how to go through life with an open mind and the intent to take in new information objectively by "learning to be wrong more often."

Passing the torch

By |2017-01-13T13:41:44-05:00January 26th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

All parents, in some way or another, leave indelible marks on the world views that their children develop and bring into adulthood. In some cases, these marks are from strong, admirable qualities that we try to emulate ourselves because of the positive outcomes that resulted. In other cases, the marks come from behaviors that we observed causing damage to others or even themselves. In these situations, we make mental notes and likely try our best to do the opposite as we grow up. Most times, it was combination of both. Such was the case with my father.

Our Literal Connection to Each Other – The Neuroscience of the Respect Effect

By |2017-01-13T13:41:44-05:00January 11th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

When we operate in a rich, stimulating and emotionally nourishing environment, our brains are more productive than normal. They release powerful neurotransmitters that stimulate our creativity, desire to work collaboratively and allow us to find deep personal satisfaction in our work. This is the Respect Effect.

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A Guide to Dealing With Stress in the Workplace

By |2017-01-13T13:41:49-05:00October 5th, 2015|Categories: Respectful Workplace|

While some stress is actually healthy, chronic stress is debilitating. It preoccupies the mind, clouds our judgment, dulls our creativity and makes us physically sick. In this article, we will examine the concept of emotional backpacks and develop strategies for keeping ours light and well-equipped, even in stressful situations.

Does Respect Need to Be Earned?

By |2017-01-13T13:41:49-05:00September 29th, 2015|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

I was recently contacted by a facilitator at one of our manufacturing clients that is rolling out our Connecting with Respect process across their organization. Her question was interesting. Evidently, there were certain managers (and more senior employees) who were of the opinion that they should not be expected to respect others unless their respect had been “earned.” Could we possibly give her and her co-facilitators some ideas on how to constructively discuss this notion?

7 Steps to Behavior Change Using Affirmations

By |2017-01-13T13:41:49-05:00September 21st, 2015|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

If we talk to ourselves in a way that creates a clear and emotionally compelling picture of the behaviors we want to reinforce, it literally creates pathways in our brains to facilitate movement toward those behaviors. When used for this purpose, we call this "self-talk", "affirmative reminders", or "affirmations".

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Why Respect Matters in the Workplace

By |2017-01-13T13:41:49-05:00August 10th, 2015|Categories: Book Reviews|Tags: |

In order to understand the potential respect has for unleashing the best in an organization, we first have to recognize what it does at the individual level. There are all sorts of behaviors, many that vary from culture to culture and even from person to person, that may trigger the emotional feeling of respect in the recipient.

Respect Through Osmosis

By |2017-01-13T13:41:50-05:00June 26th, 2015|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

In a workforce that increasingly reflects the demographic differences within the population, getting people from dissimilar age, gender and ethnic backgrounds to work together collaboratively can be a real challenge. Fortunately, the fields of psychology and organizational development can provide insight.

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Danger Will Robinson! Why we need respect to be effective in the workplace

By |2017-01-13T13:41:50-05:00June 8th, 2015|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

In the following video, Paul Meshanko discusses why respect is so important for the success of an organization. He goes on to discuss the neurology of human interaction and how it applies to the dynamics of a workplace culture.

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