Michael Lee Stallard

How to Improve Your Organization’s Culture Through Employee Connections

Michael Lee Stallard

Article Published by Forbes I believe it’s wise for leaders to develop their organizational culture by being intentional about strengthening the bonds of connection and trust among leaders and employees.

Why the Health of Your Doctor Matters

Michael Lee Stallard

By Michael Lee Stallard and Katharine P. Stallard. It is customary for your doctor to ask you how you are doing when he or she enters the exam room. We’ve come to expect it. Typically, it is the opening question in a conversation to assess how you are really doing.

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America’s Loneliness Epidemic: A Hidden Systemic Risk to Organizations

Michael Lee Stallard

Article Published by SmartBrief Much has been written about America’s loneliness epidemic , including in the workplace. The word “loneliness” in the work context is a misnomer. It doesn’t capture the whole story.

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Don’t Miss This Powerful “Training Magazine” Article & Webinar

Michael Lee Stallard

How to Cultivate the Best Culture--and Train for It I had the privilege of contributing an article to this month’s issue of Training magazine. The article explains how organizations can train managers to create the best workplace cultures.

The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

ATD Webinar: Why Guys Should Lead “Like a Girl”

Michael Lee Stallard

Some guys may get instinctively defensive when the phrase “like a girl” is tossed at them, but it’s time for them to embrace it, and actually welcome it, if they want to be an effective leader.

I’m Optimistic About the Future of Leadership

Michael Lee Stallard

I highly recommend reading Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer’s recent books, Leadership B.S. and Dying for a Paycheck.

Addicted to Your Smartphone, To-do List or Busyness?

Michael Lee Stallard

Are you addicted to your smartphone? Do you feel the pull to constantly check your messages and news feeds? Are you addicted to busyness? As soon as you accomplish something, do you immediately focus on the next task or problem to solve?

New Forbes Article on How Loneliness And Longing For Connection Are Affecting Today’s Leaders

Michael Lee Stallard

Loneliness isn’t something that people like to acknowledge, but it’s a real issue for many people today. Many leaders are so busy that they don’t even realize that they are in fact lonely.

Artists Have Their Finger on the Pulse of Culture

Michael Lee Stallard

OneRepublic's Hit "Connection" If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. My favorite song right now is OneRepublic’s “Connection.”

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3 Ways to Develop Winning Team Spirit

Michael Lee Stallard

Photo of Jeff Webb courtesy of Varsity Brands. As football season begins, millions of fans are excited about cheering on their favorite high school, college or NFL teams. The best teams, those that are competitive over time, benefit from having a winning team spirit.

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

Three Tips for Leading Your Team Into a New Year

Michael Lee Stallard

As the current year draws to a close, now is the time to establish your plan to begin the new year on a strong note. Here are three tips for leading your team into a new year of goals. STEP 1: REFOCUS.

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Manage 2 Win Podcast on How Connection Cultures Make Organizations Successful

Michael Lee Stallard

It’s no secret that the right organizational culture can make companies more successful. That was the topic of conversation in a recent Manage 2 Win podcast hosted by Jeff Russell.

“Looking for And” Podcast Interview on Connection Culture

Michael Lee Stallard

My wife Katie and I recently interviewed with Doug Hensch, host of the Looking for And podcast. In the interview, we seek to answer why some organizations both consistently outperform their competitors AND serve as great places to work.

Why Women Leaders Are Outperforming Men

Michael Lee Stallard

New Article Published in Forbes Attitudes toward leadership styles have changed. Characteristics that are common in female leaders are now recognized as essential to the success of any leader – regardless of gender.

3 Factors That Make Costco America’s Best Employer

Michael Lee Stallard

Costco Wholesale moved in front of Google to earn the title of America’s best large employer this year. To determine America’s best employer each year, Statista and Forbes survey 30,000 workers at U.S. organizations, asking them questions about their work experience.

5 Step Guide to Personal Development Plans

Great HR leaders are continually looking for new ways to develop their people and build companies that people want to work for. A well-considered Personal Development Plan (PDP) is one huge part of that. Download Paycor's guide today, and learn new tips and best practices to help create effective development plans for your people.

10 Practices to Create a Workplace That May Lengthen Your Life

Michael Lee Stallard

In my last article , I shared two TED Talks on connection. In Susan Pinker’s TED Talk, she referenced the research of Julianne Holt-Lunstad which found that “social integration” provided a 91% increase in the odds of survival for individuals.

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How Cancer Helped Me See the Key to Successful Organizational Change

Michael Lee Stallard

Article Published by SmartBrief Sometimes life lessons come from surprising places. In early 2004, just nine months after completing treatment for breast cancer, my wife, Katie, was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer.

Young Entrepreneurs Find a Powerful Advantage by Encouraging Human Connection

Michael Lee Stallard

Workplaces are full of disconnected people. There are still far too many leaders who, consciously or unconsciously, allow cultures of control or indifference that are disengaging and stressful for those under them.

The Week Explores the Global Loneliness Epidemic

Michael Lee Stallard

Studies show the continued growth in the number of people who are lonely, which has reached epidemic levels in many countries. Recently, my wife, Katie, and I had the opportunity to teach a Connection Culture Workshop for the Institute for Management Studies in Columbus, Ohio.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

3 Ways Connection Provides Protection From Job Burnout

Michael Lee Stallard

Recently Katie Stallard and I taught a Connection Culture workshop at a leading healthcare organization and I gave the closing keynote speech at the ATD/Columbia University School of Business Healthcare Summit in New York City.

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Why Connection is a Matter of Life and Death

Michael Lee Stallard

This week I want to share two outstanding TED Talks with you that demonstrate how both quantitative and qualitative research are coming to the conclusion that human connection improves the quality and length of our lives. I’d encourage you to watch the entire talks.

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The School of Connection Podcast Interview

Michael Lee Stallard

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Rana Olk, founder and host of The School of Connection podcast. We talked about America’s loneliness epidemic, the factors contributing to loneliness, global trends in loneliness and connection, and how to become more connected in your community.

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Realign Your Team to Finish 2018 Strong

Michael Lee Stallard

September has arrived and if you’re with an organization that plans by the calendar year, you’re less than a month away from the start of the final quarter. I’ve always felt September is the ideal time to gather the team together and check our alignment.

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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

3 Insights About Stress Every Leader Should Know

Michael Lee Stallard

Who experiences greater levels of stress: non-leaders or the boss? When I ask this question while teaching workshops on leadership, nearly all the bosses in the room respond that they are the ones under greater stress. They’re wrong.

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Are You Suffering from Today’s #1 Performance Blind Spot?

Michael Lee Stallard

Years ago, I worked on a very difficult project. For one year, I put in long hours at the office and even when I was home my mind was on the challenges to be overcome. It crowded out time for family and friends. My performance failed to reflect the effort being put in.

Register Now for Human Capital Institute (HCI) Webinar on Connection Culture

Michael Lee Stallard

I’m excited to share that I’ll be participating in the Human Capital Institute’s (HCI) #StorytellingTuesday webinar series on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

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3 Surprising Ways to Succeed in Self-Leadership

Michael Lee Stallard

It’s ironic that successful self-leadership has more to do with others and less to do with self. I learned this later in life. The sooner you see it, the better. Following are three lessons I learned from personal and professional experiences over the course of my life.

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The CFO Playbook: How to Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

To increase employee retention, you need to consider more than universal healthcare benefits in your turnover calculation. Discover how investing in the right employee benefits can decrease turnover by 138%.

Is the “Silent Killer” Sabotaging Your Performance?

Michael Lee Stallard

Is your energy level lower than you’d like? Do you feel you’re not performing at the top of your game? Are you so busy that it has crowded out time to truly connect with trusted confidants?

How Leaders can Identify and Establish Core Values That Connect

Michael Lee Stallard

If you asked your employees what the organization’s core values are, could they tell you? Most cannot.

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How Joe Torre Gained the Trust of His Players

Michael Lee Stallard

Joe Torre, Hall of Fame former manager of the New York Yankees, really knew how to build trust, commitment and loyalty with his players. When players experienced slumps in performance, Torre had their backs.

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The Surprising Way to Protect Yourself from Burnout

Michael Lee Stallard

Amy has been under increasing stress. Her boss is pressuring her to significantly boost the productivity of the team she manages. She’s working longer hours and spending more time on work while away from her office.

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Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

Protecting Your Employees (and Yourself) from the Stress-Connection Gap

Michael Lee Stallard

The nature of modern work has caused stress to rise to unhealthy levels at a time when people are also struggling with increased isolation.

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How Great Leaders Create Engaging Cultures That Maximize Results

Michael Lee Stallard

Podcast Appearance on the LEADx Leadership Podcast with Kevin Kruse Recently, Kevin Kruse, host of the LEADx Leadership show podcast, featured a webinar I created with the LEADx team in one of the show’s episodes. Kevin is a New York Times bestselling author and Inc. 500 entrepreneur who providers listeners with advice from top leadership experts in a format suited for a busy professional’s daily commute.

Wall Street Journal Recognizes TCU #2 for Student Engagement

Michael Lee Stallard

Congratulations to Texas Christian University (TCU) for being recognized by The Wall Street Journal as #2 in the U.S.

What Mayo Clinic Discovered About Burnout

Michael Lee Stallard

Could something as simple as regularly having a meal with colleagues to discuss work experience-related issues help reduce burnout? It seems too simple doesn’t it?

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Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.