Omnipreneurship Council Guest Speaker: Professor Christine Porath

Sahar Taleb: Chief Omnipreneurship Officer, ADG

In an effort to illustrate and exemplify the values of our governing ecosystem, Omnipreneurship, the Omnipreneurship Council has begun inviting various speakers to our sessions. Each quarter, a different speaker takes a deep dive into one of our Omnipreneurial elements, propping up our values with stories and examples of them in practice.

This quarter, we were delighted to welcome Professor Christine Porath. Professor Porath is a tenured professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and is the founder of a company that helps organizations become a workplace that allows it’s colleagues to thrive in.

In 2018, she gave a very popular TED Talk entitled “Why being respectful to your co-workers is good for business”, viewed by 3,034,031 people. It is clearly a topic that has resonated around the globe, and her discussion with our council and the audience was indeed lively and engaging.

During the talk she gave to our council and audience, she touched upon a survey she’d conducted a few years ago on business school alumni after experiencing rude, insensitive and disrespectful behaviour. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the survey found that “incivility makes people less motivated: 66% cut back on work efforts, 80% lost time worrying about what had just happened and 12% left their job.”

As she states in her famous Ted Talk “Incivility is a bug. It is contagious and we become carriers of it just by being around it”. This reiterates the importance of our omnipreneurial value of respect. Studies have proven that performance declines when rudeness and disrespect is allowed to run unchecked in the work place. It is a common misconception that rudeness is equal to strength and leadership, when in actuality it is of the exact opposite. Those who are seen as civil, kind and respectful are viewed as real leaders, and their teams perform significantly better.

Respect at ADG is at the core of who we are and how we operate. The talk resonated with us all, and reiterated the importance of maintaining respect…in that spirit, let us all recommit to this ideal, and commit to practicing it day in and day out. After all, as Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “Men are respectable only as they respect.”