Michael Lee Stallard

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Michael Lee Stallard

Expanded and Updated "Connection Culture" Now at Amazon. Today is the day! The second edition of Connection Culture is now available on Amazon.

Terryberry to Host Connection Culture Webinar

Michael Lee Stallard

Connection is more important than ever during this time of remote work and rising stress, which is why I’m excited to be working with the team at Terryberry to provide a free webinar focused on building a Connection Culture. .

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October 1st Webcast for Wharton Alumni Clubs

Michael Lee Stallard

On October 1st from 11:45 am – 1:15 pm ET, I’ll be presenting on Connection Culture to the Wharton Alumni Association Clubs. The event is hosted by the Wharton Alumni DC chapter. It’s free for Wharton Alumni members and $19 for non-members.

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Connect to Protect Yourself from Harm of Social Isolation

Michael Lee Stallard

This excellent New York Times article, “ We’re All Socially Awkward Now ,” makes a compelling case that ongoing social isolation due to the physical separation required during the COVID-19 pandemic is diminishing connection skills and having a negative impact on emotional and physical health.

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How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

How to Prepare for Rising Stress Ahead

Michael Lee Stallard

When a big storm is forecast to come our way, Katie, my wife, starts to plan ahead, just in case we lose power: non-perishable food in the pantry (check), flashlights with working batteries (check), gas in the car (check), some cash on hand (check). She reminds family members to charge up their phones and laptops. The havoc the storm may, or may not, cause is unknown but she has taken proactive steps to get us through.

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American Cancer Society Hosts Virtual Connection Culture Training

Michael Lee Stallard

Katie Stallard and I were delighted to see the reaction to the virtual training we did to kick off the American Cancer Society’s virtual Leadership Institute Network Series.

Burnout and the Importance of Connection

Michael Lee Stallard

Appearance on The Mentors Radio Show Recently, Katie Stallard and I had the opportunity to speak with Tom Loarie, host of the Mentors Radio Show , about career burnout and the role that connection plays in preventing it. It’s an important topic given the high stress levels that many professionals are experiencing today. If you or someone you know is struggling with burnout, we hope the interview provides some helpful tips in getting back on a path to engagement and happiness.

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Creating Connection Cultures in Police Forces

Michael Lee Stallard

Podcast Appearance on Badge Cast 1 Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Lt. Brian Ellis, host of the Badge Cast 1 podcast. Badge Cast 1 is a production of the National Command and Staff College , an organization dedicated to providing leadership training to public safety professionals. In this conversation, we talked about why connection matters in today’s public safety organizations and shared practical, science-backed advice for today’s public safety leaders.

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Protecting Remote Workers’ Productivity and Performance

Michael Lee Stallard

Practically overnight the vast majority of office workers became remote workers when social distancing measures put in place in March to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus dramatically changed the way we go about our days. If that was you, over the last several months, you have had a taste of the long-touted benefits of remote work—no commute (a savings of nearly an hour a day for the average American plus the cost of commuting) and flexibility.

Appearance on SHRM’s “All Things Work” Podcast

Michael Lee Stallard

In this recent episode of SHRM’s “ All Things Work ” podcast, Katie Stallard and I spoke with host Tony Lee about the isolating nature of remote work and solutions employees can take to stay well during this time of social distancing. I hope you’ll listen and share the podcast with a friend or colleague as we all work together to stay connected. Click here to listen to the podcast episode.

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COVID & the Future of Work: Insights from Paycor’s C-Suite

In Paycor’s newest report, our Chief Executive and Group Leaders consider how your clients will recruit, manage their workforce, optimize benefits, and foster employee experience in the new normal of 2020 and beyond. For actionable insights and tips download and share our guide with your clients!

10 Books Recommended for National Book Lover’s Day

Michael Lee Stallard

"Connection Culture" makes the list Today is National Book Lover’s Day. To celebrate, Michelle Tillis Lederman, author of The Connector’s Advantage , recommended Connection Culture as one of her 10 favorite books. Here’s the list: The Empathy Edge – Maria Ross. The Membership Economy – Robbie Kellman Baxter. How Women Rise – Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith. Stand Out – Dorie Clark. Pause – Rachael O’Meara. What Do I Say Next – Susan RoAne.

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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. What about all of the individuals who might not think of themselves as lonely and yet the demands of work and task-oriented activities such as time in front of screens have crowded out time for anything more than superficial relationships?

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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.

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.

I’m Optimistic About the Future of Leadership

Michael Lee Stallard

I highly recommend reading Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer’s recent books, Leadership B.S. and Dying for a Paycheck.

Why HR Technology Matters Now More Than Ever

When a crisis hits, HR technology gives business leaders the data, tools, and support to make important business decisions quickly. In this report, Josh Bersin breaks down the 4 key benefits of HR tech and demonstrates through case studies how business leaders can leverage it to solve problems and grow. Download this report to learn more!

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. I had the privilege of contributing comments to a recent article published by SmartBrief, which explored the impact of loneliness and how organizations can address it. Read the full article and consider what steps you can take to address the problem of loneliness in your community.

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.”

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. As the president of a company that helps coach leaders on improving connections within their businesses, I have seen the importance of strengthening bonds and trust among team members.

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”).

Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.

Protecting Employees from Covid-19 through Connection

Michael Lee Stallard

How can we protect people in the workplace so they don’t contract Covid-19? The Centers for Disease Control just released guidelines for offices that include temperature and symptom checks; encouraging employees who have Covid-19 symptoms or sick family members to stay home; prohibiting hand-shaking, hugs, and fist bumps; wearing face coverings; physical distancing of work stations (or separation by plastic shields); and eliminating seating in common areas.

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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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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.

Connection at Home During Covid-19

Michael Lee Stallard

Are you home and feeling alone? Are you home and wishing you could be alone for even a few minutes? The Covid-19 virus has caused many organizations to move large numbers of employees from working together at the office to working remotely at home. For other organizations, it has meant temporarily shutting its doors and having to furlough workers or let employees go.

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9 Ways to Manage Costs and Prepare for Future Growth

SMB leaders are working day and night to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Successfully managing it requires the CFO and HR leader to make complex decisions quickly, without rushing into an uncoordinated response. Foremost among these decisions will be cost containment. The way organizations manage costs now will determine how well they perform during and after COVID-19. Download our guide and start preparing for the future today.

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.

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? . Here are promises you might consider making: I promise to provide clear instructions about what I expect and what constitutes good performance. I promise to provide the training, resources and encouragement you need to achieve good performance.

Why Relational Connection Is So Important During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Michael Lee Stallard

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the need for social distancing, quarantine and isolation so that vulnerable individuals are not exposed to the virus and healthcare systems are not overwhelmed. Collectively, we understand the goodness of “flattening the curve” by each of us doing our part to slow the spread of the virus. COVID-19 is not the only epidemic we are facing.

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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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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.

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.

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 winning team spirit is a mood that fills an individual or group with life. It brings about enthusiasm, energy and engagement, and helps the team perform at the top of its game.

Register Now for Human Capital Institute (HCI) Webinar on Connection Culture

Michael Lee Stallard

I’m excited to share that I’ll be participating in the Human Capital Institute’s (HCI) #StorytellingTuesday webinar series on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

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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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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.

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.

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. Costco has consistently appeared in the top three. Clearly, Costco is doing something right. When Costco opened a location in our area, my wife and I became members.

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. Review progress toward current year goals and define the top five priorities you want your team to accomplish in the coming year. Why five priorities?

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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. But what is social integration and how can you encourage it in your own life? Social integration reflects the broad ways in which we interact with people throughout each day.

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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.