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Gregg Ward: The Platinum Rule - Respectful Leadership Is Worth More Than Gold

Episode 44

About Gregg Ward: He was a professional actor, writer, director and producer in New York and in London. He was also a trainer in the New York City Police Department using live theater in helping police handle difficult situations that they encounter. He was also a freelance journalist on an assignment for BBC in the United Kingdom.

Now, he serves as a speaker, consultant, trainer and executive coach for global corporations and government on respect, emotional intelligence, and cultural transformation. He’s also the author of the award-winning, best-selling business fable, “The Respectful Leader”. He’s the founder and executive director of the Center For Respectful Leadership. He’s also a little league umpire in his spare time.


In this episode, Jordan and Gregg discuss:

  • The broader and feeling meaning of “diversity” - talking about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a white guy.

  • Humanity’s tendency of simplifying everything into binary systems

  • What role does respect play in our lives and what does it mean to be a “respectful leader” - the Golden Rule and the Platinum Rule

  • Earning someone’s respect versus earning someone’s trust - and how you can earn both at the same time.

  • Developing respectful directness and personal resilience

Key Takeaways

  • There’s more to diversity than just race - there’s diversity of opinion, experience, knowledge, expertise, skills and nationality.

  • Some things can’t be simplified into binary systems. There’s a whole spectrum of diversity in life and failing to recognize that is neither honest nor accurate.

  • When a boss says “you need to earn my respect”, what happens is that the subordinate actually loses respect for the boss.

  • People don’t always want to be treated the way you want to be treated and so instead, you should treat others the way they want to be treated.

  • Respect people, respect yourself, and you’ll do okay.

“If we have a level of respect for each other, then it’s very likely that we’re gonna work together just fine… Treat someone with respect no matter who they are.”— Gregg Ward

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Jordan Goldrich

Your host, Jordan Goldrich, grew up in a loud New York family and once lost an executive position because of his style. He is co-author of the Amazon Best Seller, Workplace Warrior®: People Skills For The No-Bulls**t Executive, Chief Operations Officer, Master Corporate Executive Coach, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His guests are part of his international network of Workplace Warrior® executives, master corporate executive coaches, and thought leaders. Each guest will engage you in conversation about their successes, mistakes, and solutions. You will get strategies for being completely authentic, while you fulfill your commitment to your organization, build positive relationships, and take performance to an even higher level.

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