Michael Lee Stallard

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.

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.

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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 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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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. .

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 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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.