Most of us have had at least one opportunity to report to a truly great leader or manager. Great leaders inspire us, challenge us, help us see the big picture and find ways to get the best out of us (sometimes even more than we knew was there ourselves). Unfortunately, many of us have had [...]
We've all been a part of "meetings from hell" - late starting meetings with no agenda that run long and accomplish nothing. If this scenario sounds even a little bit familiar, have no fear. It turns out that science actually offers up some pretty simple and straightforward strategies that can benefit us all.
In the following video, Paul Meshanko explains that, when people are treated with disrespect at work, negative effects may be caused not only to their engagement and productivity, but also may become more prone to stress related physical and mental damages.
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.
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.
Whether based on skin color, gender, accent, perceived education level or economic status, we all have mental models that we form and apply to different groups of people. Although easy and automatic, unconscious bias can be overcome by cultivating a mindset of curiosity.
The best roadmap to the future sometimes looks strangely like the past. This is particularly relevant in the discussion on classroom vs. online training. Almost a decade ago, one of my friends who worked as an HR manager for a large, Fortune 50 manufacturing company lamented the difficulty his organization was having with employee acceptance and use of a new, online learning service that had just been purchased from an outside vendor.
One of the great joys for me professionally is when science and research finally catch up to what has been passed on and taught anecdotally for decades. While it has always made sense to me that managers, leaders , sales professionals and others who seemed to “read” others the best were the most successful, now there’s new research to back it up.
In 1943, renowned psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote a paper called, “A Theory of Human Motivation.” In it, he introduced his now-famous motivation model generally referred to as the Hierarchy of Needs. While intuitively seductive in its simplicity, research from the disciplines of anthropology and neuroscience has recently painted a slightly different picture of what truly motivates us.
For the past 20 years, I’ve immersed myself in the complimentary disciplines of organizational culture, group effectiveness and personal mastery. Because of the breadth of these topics, it became equally important to understand some of the basic tenets of psychology, anthropology and, more recently, the rapidly evolving field of neuroscience.