Paul Meshanko


Paul is an author, professional speaker and business owner with over 25 years of experience in leadership development and organizational culture change.
A passionate thought leader and champion supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement efforts, 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.


Meet Paul

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 Bachelors in Science and Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Baldwin Wallace College. A husband and father, Paul currently lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife, Sheila.   


   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.   


The Respect Effect:

Exploring the science behind great relationashipsRespect. 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


The science of change – Learning to adapt so you don't get left behind 

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


Get smart! The science behind making better decisions and building stronger relationships

Ever wonder about how we make decisions? Over the past half million years, the human brain has evolved to become the most sophisticated and successful survival computer that the planet has ever seen.

Containing almost 100 billion neurons, each capable of linking into an almost infinite number of synaptic pathways, it is fast, adaptable and efficient. These characteristics have allowed humans to rise to and remain at the top of the planetary food chain. Quite simply, we can out-think any other species known.

At the same time, our brains are far from perfect. Some of the same characteristics that make them so successful actually get in our way as often as they help us. That's because efficiency and speed often come at the cost of accuracy. Without even realizing it, we take mental shortcuts that often lead us to make inaccurate assessments of the situations and people with whom we deal. Put us in stressful environments, and a whole different array of short cuts, compromises and trade-offs emerge. Welcome to the world of unconscious bias.

The first goal of this humorous and engaging presentation is to explore the nature and types of biases that affect behaviors and decision making at both individual and group levels. By understanding the biological limitations in our mental processing capabilities and how our brains attempt to compensate, we can better recognize the mechanics of faulty decisions and interaction styles. This then sets the stage for pursuing our second goal, which is to develop strategies to help minimize the potentially negative impact of bias on us both individually and as organizations.


Key Themes

  • Explore bias as a core human thought tendency

  • Identify the different types of cognitive biases that compromise decision making at individual and group levels

  • Discuss the nature of and how the brain uses implicit bias (bias about personal characteristics) to protect itself

  • Recognize how people bias leads to exclusion and disengagement

  • Learn and practice techniques for recognizing and interrupting both people and tactical bias patterns

  • Develop a group plan of action for promoting inclusive policies and behaviors


Increasing human effectiveness

Used extensively by some of the world's top employers, the Increasing Human Effectiveness process is a two-day, comprehensive workshop that provides a scientifically designed approach for elevating individual performance to the highest level possible. By teaching participants how to bypass the human brain's natural resistance to change, Paul engages them in the process and empowers them to become active participants and partners in the navigating whatever changes your organization is going through. This results not only in measurable performance improvement, but also in more fulfilled, satisfied and loyal employees.

We all have the potential to make changes in our lives and in our organizations. Increasing Human Effectiveness is a people-centric development process designed and proven to help maximize the productivity and effectiveness of your entire organization. Every aspect of this process moves people toward one overriding objective: Better measurable results!

IHE Workshop Objectives

  • Accept new ideas, embrace accelerated change more readily and create a climate for achievement

  • Displace non-productive attitudes, habits and beliefs and utilize more of their potential

  • Approach life's challenges on an "I want to" basis instead of "I have to"

  • Accept personal responsibility and become more effective self-managers

  • "Coach" themselves and become more self-motivated

  • Overcome fear of failure (and fear of success) and become more confident

  • Take risks, make better decisions and solve problems more effectively

  • Motivate themselves and others with dignity. Build "esprit de corps" and a "can do" attitude


Connecting with respect

Based on the author's highly-regarded book, The Respect Effect: Using the science of neuroleadership to inspire a more loyal and productive workplace, the Connecting With Respect workshop is an in-depth, 8-hour process that takes a scientific approach to why we should treat others with respect. More importantly, it teaches participants vitally important skills and techniques for HOW to create and participate in a truly respectful, inclusive workplace.

CWR Learning Objectives:

  • Helps participants recognize what respect should look (and feel) like within their workplace

  • Identifies how the brain reacts to disrespectful behaviors while damaging morale and productivity

  • Explains the impact that stereotypes and bias have on our actions and decisions

  • Explores the role that attitudes play in promoting respectful workplaces

  • Identifies behaviors that support both personal and organizational values

  • Teaches specific tools for changing disrespectful behavior patterns

  • Links our capacity for respecting others to our respect of self

  • Provides framework for designing a respectful workplace plan of action

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