Michael Lee Stallard

Watch the Recording of My Recent Webinar With getAbstract

Michael Lee Stallard

Recently, I had the privilege of being the guest speaker for a webinar hosted by getAbstract , one of the leading book summary organizations in the world. Our topic was “Remote Work, Rising Stress and the Critical Need for Connection” – a timely discussion for today’s environment.

Thriving Through the Ongoing Pandemic

Michael Lee Stallard

As the pandemic moves into year two, would you say that overall you are thriving, barely surviving, or hanging in there, treading water, but feeling worn down or worn out some days?

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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. .

Two Great Conference Opportunities in February

Michael Lee Stallard

I’m happy to share that I will be giving keynote speeches at two exciting virtual conferences this February. I hope you will consider joining me. Campus Community Conference: Better Together 2021. If you work in the field of higher education, then this event is for you.

CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

The Role Connection Plays in a Democracy

Michael Lee Stallard

Can we embrace the spirit of E Pluribus Unum and move forward in 2021 as people who value connection, cooperation and making progress together toward the common good?

Connection Culture Course Among LinkedIn Learning’s Most Popular

Michael Lee Stallard

LinkedIn members can take it for free Our new LinkedIn Learning course, Creating a Connection Culture, is one of the most popular courses on the LinkedIn Learning platform. LinkedIn Learning members can take the course for free at this link.

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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.

Ours Was One of the “Most Read” Articles on SmartBrief

Michael Lee Stallard

I was delighted to learn that an article Katie Stallard and I wrote, titled “Why Relational Connection is So Important During the Coronavirus Pandemic,” was one of the most read articles on SmartBrief over this last year. If you haven’t read it, you can find the full article here.

Does Any Law Firm Have a Healthy Work Culture?

Michael Lee Stallard

Earlier this year, health law attorney Jay McEniry wrote in the American Bar Association’s The Health Lawyer about the need for greater human connection in the practice of law. He cited an article I wrote for SmartBrief.

November 5 Webinar With ExecuNet

Michael Lee Stallard

Looking for a training opportunity for yourself or your leadership team this fall? Join me and the team at ExecuNet for a complimentary webinar on November 5. We’ll be talking about remote work, rising stress, and the critical need for connection in today’s environment. .

How to Build the Ideal HR Team (with Limited Time, Budget and Resources)

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when you have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

Exciting News About My Latest Book

Michael Lee Stallard

I am thrilled to share that two of the leading book summary organizations in the world – getAbstract and Soundview – have just published summaries of the second edition of my book Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work.

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A Year-End Gift to My Readers

Michael Lee Stallard

LinkedIn Learning Course Access To close out what has been an unpredictable and challenging year for all of us, I’d like to present you with a gift—one that, like many things during the Covid-19 pandemic, has taken twists and turns in the making, including a timetable that changed more than once.

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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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Today’s Urgent Need to Manage Emotional Health with Connection

Michael Lee Stallard

Article Published by Soundview Magazine Connection is more critical today than ever. That’s the topic that I addressed in an article recently published by Soundview Magazine , a publication that gives readers the opportunity to learn key concepts from the best new business books.

Today is the day!

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.

How HR Can Promote Mental Health at Work (Actionable Advice to Help Your People Thrive)

HR leaders are on the frontlines of a mental health crisis, but the topic can still be taboo—or at least something that’s only talked about reluctantly. What can HR do to help? Download our latest guide to learn the 4 ways you can support the mental health of your employees and identify warning signs of burnout.

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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Lessons on Connection from the Life of RBG

Michael Lee Stallard

Are you struggling to connect with a coworker, neighbor, or family member with whom you find yourself disagreeing frequently this year? Consider borrowing some connection tips on interacting with people in spite of the differences between you from the example of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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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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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How HR Can Promote Mental Health at Work: Actionable Advice to Help Your People Thrive

HR leaders are on the frontlines of a mental health crisis, but the topic can still be taboo—or at least something that’s only talked about reluctantly. What can HR do to help? Download our latest guide to learn the 4 ways you can support the mental health of your employees and identify warning signs of burnout.

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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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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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.

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.

Paycor CFO Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 Finance and HR leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

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.

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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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.

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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Paycor HR Leaders Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 HR and Finance leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

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.

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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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. To learn why, join me and my wife Katie Stallard for a unique webinar hosted by ATD on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

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. In them he makes a compelling case that most leadership training has failed to produce effective leaders and that the poor state of the vast majority of workplace cultures today is harming the health of people. He provides an abundance of evidence to support these conclusions.

Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Building a benefits program for a diverse workforce has always been a top priority, but now it’s become both more important and complex with so much change and uncertainty. Download our latest guide that features emerging benefits employees expect in 2021 and beyond.

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.” ” Listen to the full episode to hear us discuss the superpower of human connection and how to foster it in your workplace. The post New Podcast: The Superpower of Human Connection and Dangers of Loneliness and Social Isolation appeared first on Michael Lee Stallard.

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.

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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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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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.