Why Focus on Respect? It Creates Efficiency, Engagement, and Inclusion!

By |2019-10-01T17:23:27-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , , , , |

Part of practicing respect at work is being willing to invest time in each other for the purpose of increasing our awareness. By getting a better sense of what’s similar in our experiences and what’s unique, we eventually figure out what’s important to each other as well. This “court awareness” dramatically increases both our predictability around each other and our efficiency at getting work done.

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This Was Your Brain During the Election

By |2017-01-13T13:41:42-05:00November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , , |

As we begin to move on after the most bruising political campaign recent memory, it is a good time for a hard look at how our democratic process turned so ugly and disenfranchising to so many Americans. How did we get to a place where the polarization and acid-like negativity actually became news in its own right? As someone who studies human and workplace behavior and focuses on how to drive organizational change, it is interesting to note that this political season has been fueled, in part, by a number of phenomena that I see regularly in the workplace—every workplace, not just in the halls of Congress or in campaign headquarters.

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Confrontation or Conversation: What’s the Norm in Your Workplace?

By |2019-06-18T21:22:16-04:00September 15th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

One similarity between the employers of choice I feature in Road to Respect is that they all empower employees to speak up, to raise issues, to talk about problems and ask for help. Speaking up is a cultural norm that promotes organizational success. Unfortunately, the cultural norm of speaking up is the exception rather than the rule.

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Dimensions of Leadership: Communicating

By |2017-01-13T13:41:43-05:00May 5th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

We define Communicating as the following: "Connects with others effectively, in clear and thoughtful ways." In this article, we continue our series on "The Dimensions of Leadership" by discussing how you can apply the 4 attributes of effective communication in order to become a better leader within your organization.

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Make a Personal Investment in Building Workplace Relationships

By |2017-01-13T13:42:02-05:00July 26th, 2013|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

For the first several years of working as a professional diversity trainer and facilitator, I would chuckle to myself when I heard a man in our workshops say "I don’t get women," "Women are so complex," and "Women’s behavior is so unpredictable!" At first, I found these comments to be humorous. But after a while, [...]

Mom Always Said, “Respect Your Elders”

By |2017-01-13T13:42:06-05:00March 14th, 2013|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

If we are lucky, it is going to happen to every one of us…. Aging! Not only will we age in calendar years but our bodies and minds will age in physical years despite our best efforts. Along with these changes come the way people react to us. They will begin to treat us differently… [...]

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Respect Tip: Speak Only What You Know is True

By |2015-08-07T10:16:58-04:00February 7th, 2012|Categories: Respect Tips|Tags: , |

This week's tip can be interpreted a couple of ways. I am going to focus on it's similarity to gossip and not the larger issue of what is truth. Too often people are talking about things in the workplace that simply are not true and it's harming the entire organization. Here's an example of that destructive behavior: Employee #1 says [...]

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Look Around You and Be Polite

By |2017-01-13T13:42:14-05:00February 2nd, 2012|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

This may sound like an exercise akin to patting your head and rubbing your tummy, but I am quite serious about this seemingly simple concept. A reader recently sent me this note illustrating the lack of awareness and kindness towards others. Perhaps we can all learn from this reader’s questions: “I really enjoy your column. [...]

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