Michael Lee Stallard

Boost Connectedness to Reverse Rise of Suicides in America

Michael Lee Stallard

With the exception of America , suicide rates over recent decades have declined in most of the world. Suicides in the U.S. have risen more than 50% from 2005 to 2017 and now exceed deaths by motor vehicle incidents. In 2017, the most recent year data is available, the U.S.

Promises Leaders Make

Michael Lee Stallard

If you want to boost employee engagement, consider going back to the basics. Begin by answering this question: What promises should I make to the people I am responsible for leading? .

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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.

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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2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

The #1 Obstacle to Great Workplace Culture

Michael Lee Stallard

“The level of toxicity in the workplace is at an all-time high,” warns Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”).

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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.

New Podcast: The Superpower of Human Connection and Dangers of Loneliness and Social Isolation

Michael Lee Stallard

I recently had the privilege of being a guest on the Your Partner in Success Radio Podcast, which was recognized by Inc. as one of the “ 12 best podcasts that will make you a better leader.”

Loneliness: An Increasingly Recognized Health Problem

Michael Lee Stallard

Article Published by SmartBrief Loneliness is a growing problem in U.S. society, but fortunately it is one that is beginning to receive the attention that it deserves.

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.

Bringing Connection to School

Michael Lee Stallard

It’s back-to-school time across the U.S. A new school year brings with it hope and excitement as well as its share of nervousness and concern. A student might wonder if she will fit in with her classmates or if he will be able to keep up with the academic load.

HR Benchmark Report: How to Recruit, Coach & Develop Teams

Do you really want a team of all-stars? Instead of trying to hire all Type A high performers, research shows it’s much more effective to hire a mix of personalities. In this report, Paycor will explain why and how to go about assembling, coaching, and developing effective teams at work.

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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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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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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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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3 Reasons to Invest in a Learning Culture: RECRUIT, RETAIN, ENGAGE

One of the least explored and most effective ways to drive recruiting, retention, and overall employee engagement is to establish a learning culture. If this is an area where you need help (or if you could just use a refresher) let Paycor walk you through actionable tips and insights on how you can develop the learning culture that works best for your business.

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.

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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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.

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 Overtime Rules Take Effect 1/1/2020. Are You Prepared?

On September 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) released much-anticipated changes to overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Any business that employs workers with salaries under $35,568 will be directly affected by the new regulations and face a decision: provide affected employees with a salary increase or pay them overtime. Download Paycor's latest guide to learn key details about the new rule and how it could impact your business.

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.

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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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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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.

Why (and How) to Switch to a New HR & Payroll Platform

Not all HR & payroll is the same, but it can look pretty similar. If your current platform isn’t meeting your needs, let us walk you through how to differentiate between providers and give you some tips on how to select a platform that works best for your business.

“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.

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.

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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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 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.

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.

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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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.

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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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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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.

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).

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.