Michael Lee Stallard

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.

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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On the Schmooze Podcast Interview

Michael Lee Stallard

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Robbie Samuels, host of the On the Schmooze podcast, about the power of connection. We talked about what makes leaders great, how to overcome loneliness, and much more. Listen to the full conversation.

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Never Worry Alone

Michael Lee Stallard

Check Out my Guest Appearance on the Onward Nation Podcast Thrilled to be a guest on Onward Nation – one of the most popular leadership podcasts because of its thoughtful host Stephen Woessner. One of the topics we discuss is why you should never worry alone. Check out our conversation here.

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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You’re Invited: getAbstract Breakfast on Connection Culture in Detroit

Michael Lee Stallard

I’m excited to share that I will be in Detroit on Thursday, September 13, 2018, facilitating an interactive discussion hosted by getAbstract on Connection Culture. If you are in the Detroit area, please consider joining us for this event! During the breakfast event, I’ll facilitate a discussion on the following questions/issues: What exactly is organization culture? Why are most organizations failing to develop and maintain a great organization culture?

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.

Connection Culture Book Recommendation in Forbes

Michael Lee Stallard

I’m delighted that Forbes contributor Blake Morgan recommended my book, “Connection Culture,” in her recent article on simplifying culture to make it actionable for managers. Read the full article and learn more about the book.

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Why Self-Leadership Should be Focused on Others

Michael Lee Stallard

It’s ironic that successful self-leadership has more to do with others and less to do with self. In an article I recently shared with the Luminate community , I outline three important lessons about self-leadership that I’ve learned throughout my personal life and professional career.

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?

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.

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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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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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.

Business of Learning Podcast: Creating an Engaged, Connected Organization

Michael Lee Stallard

The issue of loneliness and connection in the workplace is top of mind for many organizations today, as new studies continue to demonstrate the growing reach of social isolation.

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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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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Guest Appearance on the Proteus Leader Show

Michael Lee Stallard

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Erika Andersen, host of the Proteus Leader Show podcast. Proteus addresses leadership readiness and our conversation focused on helping leaders understand what a Connection Culture is and how to create one in their organizations.

High Stress + Low Human Connection = Poor Health

Michael Lee Stallard

Check out this FindingBrave podcast interview I did with Kathy Caprino. We discuss how high stress and low human connection is harming individual (and organizational) health and reducing life expectancy.

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Article in Forbes: Seven Practices That Protect Your Organization From the Lethality of Loneliness

Michael Lee Stallard

Recently, I had the opportunity to publish an article in Forbes on the rise of the loneliness epidemic and its antidote: connection. Read the article to learn seven practical ways to boost connection and fight loneliness in your organization.

A New Theory of Management

Michael Lee Stallard

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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Ford’s Alan Mulally and the Superpower of Connection: Story Featured in IndustryWeek

Michael Lee Stallard

Check out my new article in IndustryWeek about the Connection Culture that Ford Motor Company’s former CEO Alan Mulally developed. Mulally’s leadership and the culture he created boosted employee engagement, productivity and innovation, and ultimately led to the company’s miraculous turnaround. The post Ford’s Alan Mulally and the Superpower of Connection: Story Featured in IndustryWeek appeared first on Michael Lee Stallard.

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Danger in Healthcare Losing Its Very Essence: Human Connection

Michael Lee Stallard

Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO of Ruder Finn, wrote a compelling article in Fortune about how the healthcare industry is slowly losing the very essence of healthcare: human connection. Like Ms. Bloomgarden, we’re concerned about the decline of human connection in the patient experience.

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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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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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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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3 Practices to Improve the Contribution of Your Core Employees

Michael Lee Stallard

The prevalence and extreme nature of star systems in organizations today contribute to widespread employee disconnection and disengagement, particularly among core employees. Employees can be regarded as stars, core employees, or strugglers. Stars are superior performers.

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.

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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Combatting America’s Health Crisis from Loneliness

Michael Lee Stallard

News last week made me sit up and realize the growing extent to which people today are suffering from a lack of deep connection with family, friends and colleagues at work.

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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.

When Leaders Live the Vision

Michael Lee Stallard

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital , a part of Northwestern Medicine, is an elite performing healthcare organization in terms of patient satisfaction, employee engagement and financial performance.

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).

World’s Greatest Leaders Tap Power of Connection

Michael Lee Stallard

It’s encouraging to see more leaders identify connection as a primary factor contributing to their organization’s sustained success.

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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.

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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.

How Queen Elizabeth I Used Connection to Restore a Nation

Michael Lee Stallard

One of the greatest turnaround stories in all of history is also one of the most unlikely.

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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.

You’re More Vulnerable to Isolation and Stress Than You Think

Michael Lee Stallard

Check out my new article in Government Executive on the perils of isolation and stress. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the devastating effects of stress and isolation that I write about in the article, including that it’s harming their health and performance. The article is titled “ You’re More Vulnerable to Isolation and Stress Than You Think.” ” If you know someone who may be struggling with this, please forward the article to them.

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America’s #1 Health Problem is Not What You Expect

Michael Lee Stallard

Many organizations today are interested in the wellness and wellbeing of their people. They promote wellness programs that encourage exercise and mindfulness. Few, however, address the number one health problem. In a 2016 interview with Politico, U.S.

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.

4 Steps to Improve Quality and Safety

Michael Lee Stallard

Many industries must be highly attuned to eliminating mistakes and accidents. In healthcare, construction, aerospace/defense, airlines and automobile manufacturing, mistakes and accidents can be a matter of life and death.