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From the “Golden Rule” to the “Rubber Band Rule”: How To Adapt To Build Respect and Trust

Respect is the cornerstone of success in the workplace, but what happens when people define “respect” differently? The “Golden Rule” — treat others the way you would want to be treated — transcends cultures and generations. But what if the Golden Rule isn’t always right? The world of work is rapidly evolving, so how do you know when others feel respected or not? And how can you build respect authentically – and rapidly – to strengthen relationships, teams, workplace culture and outcomes? Amazon bestselling author Dr. Julie Pham will introduce the “7 Forms of Respect” and show how respect is dynamic, relative, contradictory and subjective. Dr. Pham will teach you the “Rubber Band Rule,” and how to apply it to your work within nonprofits and in your personal life. In this interactive session, you will get to meet and learn from your colleagues. You will leave the session feeling more connected with your colleagues and with practical tools to bring back into your organization and community.

Dr. Julie Pham is the founder and CEO of CuriosityBased, an organizational development firm based in Seattle.  She is the author of the Amazon best-seller, 7 Forms of Respect: A Guide to Transforming Your Communication and Relationships at Work Dr. Pham has been recognized with numerous awards for her community leadership. She has applied her community building approach to building strong, collaborative, and curious teams. She was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and raised in Seattle. Dr. Pham earned her Ph.D. in history at Cambridge University as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and she graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley as a Haas Scholar. She earned her real life MBA by running her family’s Vietnamese language newspaper during the Great Recession. She has worked as a journalist, historian, university lecturer, marketer, nonprofit executive, and management consultant.