Paul Meshanko - Keynote Speaker

Paul Meshanko – Keynote Speaker

Paul Meshanko has inspired over 500,000 people in 20 countries. He is consistently rated a “best in class” keynote 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 & Founder of Legacy Business Cultures and author of The Respect Effect: Using the Science of Neuroleadership to Inspire a More Loyal and Productive Workplace.

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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

In it to Win It: Leveraging Culture to Build a More Successful Organization

The road to lasting organizational success is paradoxically simple. It requires clear goals, well thought out plans, engaged team members and consistent execution of deliverables by everyone. While not a complex path, it’s still difficult to sustain. Why? Because “simple” is not the same as “easy”. As the environment changes, so must plans. What motivates some employees today may not motivate others tomorrow. The key is consistency: the ability to do the right things over and over again, and to recover quickly when we don’t.

In the highly engaging and energetic style for which he is known, Paul will share key insights on three leadership competencies required for fostering long-term growth within your organization: Adaptability, Resilience and Respect for others. Referencing concept’s and tools from his highly acclaimed new book, The Respect Effect –Using the science of neuroleadership to inspire a more loyal and productive workplace, Paul digs deeply into the topics of evolution, psychology and neuroscience to show how powerful of a catalyst these three competencies can be.

Key Themes

  • What is “culture” and why does it matter?

  • The three keys to consistent organizational performance: adaptability, resilience and respect

  • Exploring the attitudes and behavior patterns that promote organizational resilience

  • Leveraging the power of words: why language matters

  • The cost of disrespectful behaviors

  • The 12 Rules of Respect

  • Knowledge vs. beliefs and letting go of our need to be “right”

  • Wrap-up: The crucial role of leaders in modeling desired behaviors

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About Paul Meshanko

Paul Meshanko is an author, professional speaker and business owner with over 25 years of experience in leadership development and organizational culture change. After over a decade with a Fortune 500 company, he opened Legacy Business Cultures to serve the growing demand for change management and employee engagement training. Under his leadership, his firm has grown to become one of the country’s most trusted providers of staff development, coaching and cultural change training programs.

Known for his down to earth, humorous and engaging style, Paul has captivated over a half million leaders and business professionals on five continents. His educational materials have been translated into over 25 languages and his newsletter is read by thousands of subscribers each month. His clients have included DuPont, Parker Hannifin, The Cleveland Clinic, BASF, Progressive Insurance, MTD, Johnson Controls, P&G, Symantec, McGraw-Hill, Toyota, Johnsonville Sausage, Ernst & Young, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Congressional Office of Compliance.

A passionate thought leader and champion supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement efforts, his fascinating and inspiring programs include:

The Respect Effect – Harnessing the Power of Connection
Understanding and Managing Unconscious Bias
Radically Inclusive Leadership
6 Brain Hacks for Better Navigating and Leading Change
In It To Win It – Building a World-Class Business Culture

Paul was awarded the National Speakers Association’s coveted CSP® designation in 2019. His first book, Conversations on Success, was released in May 2006 and his second, The Respect Effect: Using the Science of Neuroleadership to Inspire a More Loyal and Productive Workplace, was released by McGraw-Hill in 2013. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a Master in Business Administration degree from Baldwin Wallace College. A husband and father, Paul currently lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife, Sheila.

Paul Meshanko is an author, professional speaker and business owner with over 25 years of experience in leadership development and organizational culture change. After over a decade with a Fortune 500 company, he opened Legacy Business Cultures to serve the growing demand for change management and employee engagement training. Under his leadership, his firm has grown to become one of the country’s most trusted providers of staff development, coaching and cultural change training programs.

Known for his down to earth, humorous and engaging style, Paul has captivated over a half million leaders and business professionals on five continents. His educational materials have been translated into over 25 languages and his newsletter is read by thousands of subscribers each month. His clients have included DuPont, Parker Hannifin, The Cleveland Clinic, BASF, Progressive Insurance, MTD, Johnson Controls, P&G, Symantec, McGraw-Hill, Toyota, Johnsonville Sausage, Ernst & Young, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Congressional Office of Compliance.

A passionate thought leader and champion supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement efforts, his fascinating and inspiring programs include:

  • The Respect Effect – Harnessing the Power of Connection
  • Understanding and Managing Unconscious Bias
  • Radically Inclusive Leadership
  • 6 Brain Hacks for Better Navigating and Leading Change
  • In It To Win It – Building a World-Class Business Culture

Paul was awarded the National Speakers Association’s coveted CSP® designation in 2019. His first book, Conversations on Success, was released in May 2006 and his second, The Respect Effect: Using the Science of Neuroleadership to Inspire a More Loyal and Productive Workplace, was released by McGraw-Hill in 2013. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a Master in Business Administration degree from Baldwin Wallace College. A husband and father, Paul currently lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife, Sheila.

For more information, visit www.paulmeshanko.com.

  • 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 January, 2018).  50% deposit required.


Keynote Speaking – Continental U.S. & Canada:

  • Fee range: $10,000 – $25,000 up to 90 minutes plus travel costs.

Keynote Speaking – International:

  • Fee range: $25,000 – $30,000 up to 90 minutes plus travel costs.

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The Respect Effect: Using the Science of Neuroleadership to Inspire a More Loyal and Productive Workplace

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

Learn more at respecteffectbook.com

Upcoming Speaking Engagements & Workshops

Connecting With Respect

December 3 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm