Introduction

by Dr. Paul Marciano

My wife, Karen, is an elementary school teacher, and she once asked me to read the children’s book Madeline to her second-grade class. (My maternal grandfather, Ludwig Bemelmans, is the author and illustrator.) As soon as you walk into Karen’s classroom, you see a poster with the words “Respect, Resourcefulness, and Responsibility”—the three Rs by which she runs her classroom. After I finished reading, a small boy, Dhananjay, raised his hand and asked, “Are you a teacher?” At first I replied, “No,” but then I changed my answer and said, “Actually, I am a teacher. I teach adults about respect.” He responded, “Why, do they forget?” Out of the mouths of babes.

I am passionate about spreading respect in the workplace ...

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