Introducing A Book That Will Help People Think About ‘Respect’ Differently


By Mulki Mohamed


“I’m trying to get my coworker to trust me. I’m doing everything I can, but he doesn’t seem to trust me. What can I do?” asked a young manager. To clarify, he was seeking advice from Dr. Julie Pham, who said, “Perhaps you are showing him trust in a way that doesn’t matter to him. Perhaps you’re telling him all about your personal life and he just wants you to be on time to meetings.”

In giving this advice, Dr. Pham had her own epiphany. As a result, she realized that people do not always want to be treated in the same way. Therefore, Dr. Pham conducts research on how people want to be treated in the workplace. Most importantly, studying respect, since that’s the word, many people use to describe how they want to be treated in the workplace.

In conclusion, Dr. Pham findings shows that trust and collaboration is built between diverse individuals and communities. That is to say, through exercising our innate power of curiosity and through a mutual understanding of the flexibility of respect. In her 15+ years of leadership experience, Dr. Pham has used her original research to bring people together from diverse backgrounds to help them build trust and work collaboratively with one another.

“As a Vietnamese-born, American-raised refugee, who has lived in England, Germany, France, and Vietnam, I’m familiar with communication mishaps. I’ve learned to adapt to most environments because of challenges I’ve faced as an immigrant, a woman, and a person of color working in America. I’ve heard many ask for respect without clarifying what that means. That’s why I developed the 7 Forms of Respect,” said Pham.

The Book

Dr. Julie Pham published 7 Forms of Respect: A Guide to Transforming Your Communication and Relationships at Work, which in addition became a #1 Best Seller in five different Amazon categories on the day of its release. In this practical guide for any team leader and team player in the American workplace, Dr. Pham helps you navigate the ambiguity of what it means to respect others. Above all, she offers thought-provoking questions and exercises that will transform your communication and relationships with the people you work with in lasting and surprising ways.

For instance, according to a 2019 report by Society of Human Resources Managers, 1 in 4 employees reported that “they dread going to work, don’t feel safe voicing their opinions about work-related issues, and don’t feel respected and valued at work.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Pham has already introduced the 7 Forms of Respect to different companies and leadership. “‘7 Forms of Respect’ lowers walls and finds what we have in common and what we all ultimately seek in others and in ourselves: a desire to matter,” said Diem Ly, Director of Community Impact, Comcast NBCUniversal.

“Dr. Pham gifts us a compelling blueprint to fully honor and recognize each other through an unwavering commitment to clarity, connection, and humility,” said Brian Surratt, President & CEO of Greater Seattle Partners.

Learn More

Soon, Dr. Pham will have her first in-person book event on June 23, 7-8 pm at Seattle Public Library, Central Branch.

Registration is required in order to be a part of the event virtually. To participate in-person, registration is recommended.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon in paperback and Kindle:



Mulki Mohamed |

Research Manager | Runta News Media, LLC