Michael Lee Stallard

What Disengaged Employees Would Say to the Boss (If They Could Be Honest)

Michael Lee Stallard

In 2016 you received the results of your company’s employee engagement survey. They were disappointing. In 2017 you need to understand why and make changes that will boost employee engagement.

When Employee Engagement Efforts Fall Short, Try These 4 Steps

Michael Lee Stallard

Is your organization struggling to improve employee engagement? If so, you’re not alone. Some organizations have become so frustrated that their efforts are failing to produce results that they’ve given up entirely on engagement. When it comes to employee engagement, programs won’t do it.

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3 Practices to Protect Your People from Toxic Stress and Burnout

Michael Lee Stallard

Burnout is on the rise in healthcare. Increased stress and complexity, and the demands to achieve higher productivity are taking a toll. Each year nearly 400 physicians commit suicide , more than double the rate of the general population.

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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.

How 3 Leadership Styles Contribute to or Undermine Your Success

Michael Lee Stallard

Connection is a bond based on shared identity, empathy and understanding that moves individuals toward group-centered membership. It’s an essential attribute of successful teams, departments and organizations.

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.

Will Aetna CEO Transform Healthcare (and CEO Leadership While He’s at it)?

Michael Lee Stallard

At the 2015 World Business Forum in New York City, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini laid out the most important vision at the conference: a vision to save healthcare. Bertolini’s message is that healthcare is broken and that he is committed to fixing it.

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Vince Lombardi’s Success Formula: “Task + Relationship Excellence = Results”

Michael Lee Stallard

I once attended a meeting where it seemed that everyone was focused on the people or relationships in a business and believed that doing so would bring success. Don’t believe it. Great leaders focus on achieving BOTH task excellence and relationship excellence.

Leading with Character: Integrity

Michael Lee Stallard

Definition. Integrity can be defined as always interacting with others ethically and honorably. People with integrity aspire to the highest ethical standards and expect the same behavior of others. They conduct themselves honorably in any situation that may arise.

Leading with Character: Social Intelligence

Michael Lee Stallard

Social intelligence is being aware of your own motives as well as the feelings of others, knowing what to do to fit into different social situations, and knowing what makes other people tick. Social Intelligence in Leadership.

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.

Leadership Insights of a Hostage Negotiator

Michael Lee Stallard

Imagine you are a hostage negotiator sent into a hospital to speak with a man named Sam who is holding a pair of scissors at the throat of a nurse.

Which Type of Connector Are You?

Michael Lee Stallard

Each of us acts in ways that increase connection at times and decrease it at others. In general, though, individuals tend to fall into one of three categories when it comes to connection. Which type most often describes you? Intentional Disconnectors.

December Leadership Development Carnival

Michael Lee Stallard

I am honored to host the December installment of the Leadership Development Carnival, a collection of helpful leadership advice from top bloggers. This month’s carnival doesn’t adhere to any particular theme, but rather features content on a variety of leadership topics and issues.

What Corporate Culture is Best for Change?

Michael Lee Stallard

Photo Courtesy of FCB. Consider this: few of the 500 largest corporations from 50 years ago exist today. They failed to change and became irrelevant, left behind by emerging competitors more in tune with the market. How is it possible that so many top companies made this same fatal mistake?

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Leaders Need to Walk the Halls

Michael Lee Stallard

#69 Walk the Halls. Howard Behar, the secret weapon of Starbucks, tells leaders to “walk the halls.”

To Connect With Others, Don’t Interrupt

Michael Lee Stallard

#97 Give People Time to Finish Speaking Before You Begin. Make sure there is a pause in the conversation so that you don’t cut someone off from what they were trying to communicate. Don’t interrupt! This is the ninety-seventh post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.”

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4 Ways to Help You “Never Give Up”

Michael Lee Stallard

A number of leaders I know are beginning 2016 facing extremely challenging business and/or personal situations. I want to encourage them to keep moving forward because I believe their greatest contributions are yet to come. Here are four pieces of advice to help. Consider your comeback story.

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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Favor Guidelines Over Rules and Controls

Michael Lee Stallard

#82 Favor Guidelines Over Rules and Controls. Minimize excessive rules and controls. Being controlled feels disrespectful and impedes our ability to grow. Establish guidelines instead and make people know that you are available if they have questions or would like you to be a sounding board.

Addressing Workplace Incivility

Michael Lee Stallard

Creating a workplace culture where people feel valued involves more than actively showing appreciation. It also involves eliminating behaviors that make people feel devalued. One of the worst culprits for making people feel devalued is disrespectful, condescending and rude behavior.

3 Ways to Lead Like Lincoln

Michael Lee Stallard

It’s fashionable in the media and politics today to be quick to speak, to dominate conversations and be self-righteous. We see this frequently in movies and television shows too. These attributes are thought to be signs of intelligence, assertiveness and conviction.

Read a Book With Your Team Quarterly

Michael Lee Stallard

#99 Read a Book Together Quarterly. Periodically select a business book for your direct reports or team members to read together. Consider reading one book every quarter. Meet to identify ideas from the book that you can implement.

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Work and Life Interview About Connection Culture

Michael Lee Stallard

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking on Work and Life, a radio program hosted by Stew Friedman, director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, on Sirius XM’s Channel 111, Business Radio Powered by Wharton. Below is a transcript of our conversation. .

4 Ways Millennials Can Boost Productivity and Fulfillment at Work

Michael Lee Stallard

Kate Otto Speaking. Kate Otto has a message for fellow Millennials. Her work experience at an HIV/AIDS clinic in Indonesia inspired her to research the power of personal relationships. She saw that practicing certain attitudes contributed to developing meaningful relationships at work.

Leadership Advice: Ask, Don’t Order

Michael Lee Stallard

#40 Ask, Don’t Order – When you want someone to do something, ask him/her, don’t order him/her to do it. Asking creates partnership while ordering reinforces hierarchy. Partnerships connect people to the process whereas emphasizing hierarchy by ordering them is disconnecting.

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To Connect, Affirm Your Colleagues

Michael Lee Stallard

#57 Affirm Your Colleagues – When you become aware of something a colleague did well, encourage him/her by saying so in person or sending a note or email. A handwritten note can be especially meaningful given the rarity of receiving such notes in the age of instant communication.

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Create a Book to Celebrate Your Workplace Culture

Michael Lee Stallard

#95 Create a Book to Celebrate Your Workplace Culture. Create a book of employees’ stories or articles about living out the core values of your organization.

Get a Mentor or Coach to Help You Connect

Michael Lee Stallard

#89 Get a Mentor or Coach. No one becomes great without mentoring and coaching.

To Connect, be a Servant Leader

Michael Lee Stallard

#23 Adopt a “Servant Leadership” Mindset – Here is a powerful truth: To serve is to connect. This is the notion behind servant leadership. Servant leaders” connect with the people they lead because they view themselves as serving the people to help them better serve the organization’s mission.

How to Reconnect Your Team

Michael Lee Stallard

#66 Reconnect Your Team. On a monthly basis at the beginning of a meeting, ask your direct reports to share something on their mind.

The Secret to Keeping Your New Year’s Health Resolution

Michael Lee Stallard

By Michael Lee Stallard and Katie Russell. Are you working on a New Year’s resolution to be healthier? Tis the season for diets, gym memberships, and locating the running shoes that somehow got buried under a pile of other items in the deepest recesses of your closet (we won’t judge).

To Restore Connection, Say You’re Sorry

Michael Lee Stallard

#91 Say You’re Sorry. When you make a mistake, say you’re sorry. This important step will help rebuild connection. This is the ninety-first post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others.

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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.

Beware the Brutally Honest Workplace

Michael Lee Stallard

An old fad is making a comeback: the “ brutally honest workplace.”

Create and Implement a Connection Culture Survey

Michael Lee Stallard

#92 Create and Implement a Connection Culture Survey. Many organizations implement employee engagement surveys and these surveys are mostly about connection.

To Connect, Be Responsive

Michael Lee Stallard

#88 Be Responsive. Return emails and phone calls promptly and within 24 hours. Doing so demonstrates respect and helps keep you connected. This is the eighty-eighth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.”

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Why You May Not Be Connecting with Others

Michael Lee Stallard

We connect with some people and not with others. Great leaders master how to connect with just about everyone and that’s one reason why people want to follow them. There are many facets to connection.

Connect With Your Team by Keeping Them “In the Loop”

Michael Lee Stallard

#76 Keep Them “In the Loop”. Keep your team in the loop on issues they need to know about. Whenever possible, bring individuals into the loop who express an interest in an issue. Doing so helps people to feel prepared for what’s ahead, which reduces stress and increases engagement.

Expect the Best of People

Michael Lee Stallard

#90 Expect the Best of People. Frances Hesselbein, the amazing woman who led the turnaround of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and whom we wrote about in Fired Up or Burned Out , once told me that her mindset was to always expect the best in others.

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