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Awareness, Gratitude, Everyone Has a Story


“The most important thing in any company is the human spirit” says Lonnie Mayne, author and award winning keynote speaker.  For 30 years, Lonnie has been helping workplaces perform at their highest levels. In this episode of ValueVerse, Lonnie shares with host Kawan his winning philosophy: the red shoe experience. 

Inspired by both his father and his uncle, Lonnie knew that you could be highly successful in an inspiring way. While a lot of young leaders are under the impression that they need to do whatever it takes to make it to the top, Lonnie says that is only a short term solution. In order to have long term results, Lonnie explains that workplaces need to create a culture based on awareness, kindness and respect. 

Lonnie’s famous red shoe philosophy is based around the idea of standing out for the positive. He tells Kawan that you don’t need to make huge changes, but find small ways in which you can stand out. Lonnie says this could be as small as taking the extra step in your emails. 

Tune in to this week’s episode of ValueVerse to get ideas of how you can humanize the work you and your employees do by creating a red shoe experience for everyone. 


“My mission was to compete and succeed yet do it in a way that was meaningful, and had meaningful connections along the way.” (03:33- 03:41) 

“The most important thing in any company is the human spirit.” (04:39-04:42) 

“If you can be aware and if you can be kind and respectful it doesn’t mean you’re not competitive, it doesnt mean youre’ not going to  hold people accountable, if you can do those two things , it absolutely creates a red shoe experience.”  (07:41- 07:53)

“There are those people who believe that they have to do whatever it takes to get to the top  and I think it’s a short slide, I think you can do that and be successful quickly because youre maybe stepping over people or stepping around people or stepping behind people, but ultimately at the end of the day, that comes back to you.”  (16:05- 16:29)

“It is completely possible to be kind, to be respectful, to hold people accountable and to watch them perform at the highest level.” (18:47-18:56) 


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