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Respect

You and I perform at our best when we are also reliably able to take advantage of the respect of others.

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☛  All of us are in this same boat.  ☚

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By consistently leveraging this fact in our personal and organizational affairs, we can increase the quality and sustainability of our individual and collective performance.

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To sustainably leverage this fact requires that we learn to reliably maintain respect independent of whom or what we encounter as we adhere  to our personal values.

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This includes especially when, at first glance, it is or may be difficult.

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Coming to understand conflict as opportunity for mutual learning and growth can be helpful.

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Emerging STEM human performance understandings suggest that reliable, values-based, human-to-human respect — person-to-person and subculture-to-subculture among humanity — holds a key to adaptive, creative, and sustainable human performance — individually, organizationally, and ultimately as a species.

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Unwavering Respect Provides a Transformational Power.

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The positive localized effects and outcomes of a reliable, robust, and sustainable philosophy of uncompromising respect for self and others has been reported and described by many others.

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Respect requires emotional intelligence and is also a part of social justice.

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STEM-informed neuroscience now suggests to us that, indeed, “social justice” and “adaptive sustainability” may be two sides of the same coin.

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Upon not only values-based but also evidence-based reflection, some things — such as “start with respect” — are simply “the right thing” to do and require our creativity with dedication to actually achieve.

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Worldwide, groundbreaking efforts are now being realized with increasing success to engage humanity’s emerging potential amidst increasing understanding of these and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical (STEM) peak human performance understandings.

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The most agile businesses within our interdependent monetary economies are increasingly employing leading-edge leading-edge business culture thinking and actions that are founded on clear values that include uncompromising respect — to drive unprecedented constructive changes for continuing market growth with creative adaptability and sustainability.

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As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

~Bill Gates, Cofounder and Chairman of Microsoft.

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This is about “life’s highest values” — of which we are taught and reminded by those who love us  (including, sometimes, our children, if we are open to such give-and-take with them).

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You must experience this respect to truly “get it.”

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Key to developing your own experiences, successes, and joys associated with respect even under the most difficult circumstances is co-mentoring and engagement with others of like values and with personal discipline.

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If we are fortunate, we get some or much of this experience, and learning and perhaps even training, as children.

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And we can learn more as adults.

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