Michael Lee Stallard

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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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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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 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 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.

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.

A New Theory of Management

Michael Lee Stallard

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.

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.

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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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.

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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How U2’s Extraordinary Team Culture Helps the Band Thrive

Michael Lee Stallard

This week U2 releases its 14th studio album, “Songs of Experience.” The band has had a phenomenal run since it came together in the mid-1970s. U2 is composed of four band members: lead singer Bono, lead guitar player “Edge,” bass guitar player Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.

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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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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.

Why We Connect

Michael Lee Stallard

Peter DeMarco, a writer in Boston, lost his 34-year old wife, Laura Levis, following a severe asthma attack. Last week, The New York Times reprinted Mr. DeMarco’s “ A Letter to the Doctors and Nurses Who Cared for My Wife.” It went viral. Take time to read it.

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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.

3 Ways to Encourage Knowledge Flow

Michael Lee Stallard

In June of 2000, the combative Durk Jager resigned as CEO of Procter & Gamble after a tenure that had lasted only seventeen months.

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.

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.

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.

Star Systems Hurt Employee Engagement

Michael Lee Stallard

The prevalence and extreme nature of star systems today contribute to widespread employee disconnection and disengagement. Here’s why. Defining Terms: Star, Core, and Struggling Employees. Employees can be regarded as stars, core employees, or strugglers. Stars are superior performers.

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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.

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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.

How Inspiring Identity Fuels Team Performance

Michael Lee Stallard

Vision represents the cultural element of inspiring identity. As the following story illustrates, inspiring identity is a crucial factor in team performance and can help organizations overcome tremendous obstacles. Inspiring Identity and the Manhattan Project.

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3 Practices Help Protect You from Premature Aging Related to Job Stress

Michael Lee Stallard

On Christmas day in 1984, Carol Grieder, Ph.D., then a graduate student in the University of California, Berkley lab of Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., stopped by the lab, curious to see the results of an experiment that had taken place several days earlier.

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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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4 Reasons to Lead with Questions

Michael Lee Stallard

Most organization and team cultures today focus on racing to identify actionable solutions. The most effective leaders, however, take time to ask questions that get people to share their thoughts and feelings en route to identifying actionable solutions.

6 Actions Help ABC News Perform at the Top of Its Game

Michael Lee Stallard

ABC News does it right when it comes to workplace culture. Recently, I sat down with Zach Toback, Vice President, News and Non-Fiction Production & Studio Operation at ABC News in New York City and Ann Louden, Director of the TCU Center for Connection Culture.

How to Beat Stress and Elevate Engagement

Michael Lee Stallard

Don’t miss Dr. Todd Hall’s webinar tomorrow titled “How to Beat Stress and Elevate Engagement.” ” See details and signup here. The post How to Beat Stress and Elevate Engagement appeared first on Michael Lee Stallard.

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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.

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Beware the Brutally Honest Workplace

Michael Lee Stallard

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

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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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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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 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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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.

More Rest Required in Today’s Knowledge Economy

Michael Lee Stallard

The human brain accounts for two percent of our body weight yet consumes 20 percent of our energy. Given the intellectual nature of most work today, we use up a considerable amount of energy. This makes getting sufficient rest essential to keeping you and your team energized.

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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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