REFLECTIONS ON THE ROAD TO RESPECT
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A couple of months ago Melanie sent me a copy of The Respect Effect, Paul Meshanko's new book. I read it and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It is an accessible, engaging and thoughtful book about a subject I remain passionately interested in. Here's what I found most interesting and compelling.
I was introduced to Neuroscience when I heard Dr. David Rock, speak in Vancouver a couple of years ago. Dr. Rock coined the term ‘NeuroLeadership’ and co-founded the NeuroLeadership Institute, a global initiative bringing neuroscientists and leadership experts together to build a new science for leadership development.
Neuroscience is a field of study that looks at how the brain functions and influences behaviour. The Neuroleadership movement is intended to help individuals and organizations fulfill their potential through better understanding how the human brain functions at individual, team and systemic levels.
One of the statistics I cite in Chapter 6 of Road to Respect is that individuals who are targeted by harassment and bullying spend up to 50% of their time at work dealing with the effects of disrespect. While I understood that disrespectful behaviour was the reason for that incredible drop in productivity, until I read The Respect Effect, I didn’t fully understand the “why” of that statistic. Now I know that it is because our brain prevents us from being able to focus on work when the environment we work in feels unsafe to us.
"Erica Pinsky’s book, Road to Respect: Path to Profit approaches a range of difficult topics in an honest, direct and non-threatening manner. This book will stimulate readers to think about their own values and behaviours and to question those that are operating in their workplaces. Erica shares personal stories and best practices to clearly show why adopting respect as a core value is a requirement for any business interested in being designated as an Employer of Choice in our multi-cultural workplaces. I highly recommend this book!"
Susan Rubin Mulder,
Principal - McKinsey & Company