Connect to Thrive

Articles to help you connect in work and life

The Perils of Charisma Without Character in Leadership

Posted
June 13, 2024
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Leadership

Charisma is a bonus, not an essential trait for effective leadership. Here's what is truly essential for long-term success.

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Declining Employee Engagement Signals an Opportunity

Posted
May 16, 2024
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Employee Engagement

Gallup Research recently issued a red flag about employee engagement. Here's why it's an opportunity for leaders who foster Connection Cultures.

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Share First, Listen Second: A Guide for Incoming Leaders

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April 16, 2024
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Leadership

How can incoming leaders get off to a strong start? Share first and then listen. Here's why this approach works.

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Three Tips to Draw Employees Back to the Office

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March 4, 2024
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Workplace

If you want to draw people back to the office, build a Connection Culture, writes Michael Stallard. Here's three tips to get started.

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IE Insights Article: Human Connection in the Age of AI

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March 4, 2024
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Media Appearances

Michael Stallard and Katharine Stallard shared their observations about human connection in the age of AI with IE Insights, a publication of IE University in Spain.

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People First… Love Them Up!

Posted
February 15, 2024
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Leadership

“People first… Love ‘em up” is one of the foundational expected behaviors that Alan Mulally designed and employed at Boeing and Ford. Here's what it means for leaders.

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Leaders’ Biggest Mistake in Q1: the Communication Illusion Trap

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January 8, 2024
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Leadership

Many leaders fall into the communication illusion trap at the beginning of the year. Michael Stallard explains how to avoid it.

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Lessons from Holiday Movies: Why We Need More Leaders like George Bailey than Ebenezer Scrooge and Henry Potter

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December 14, 2023
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Leadership

Classic holiday movies can actually teach us a lot about leadership, write Michael Stallard and Katharine Stallard.

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Yale New Haven Health Team Credits Connection With Record Results

Posted
November 11, 2023
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Connection Heroes

Watch as a team at Yale New Haven Health explain the "a-ha" moment when they realized that Connection Culture principles helped drive record patient outcomes.

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A Practice to Finish the Year Strong

Posted
October 10, 2023
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Workplace

The end of each year brings an opportunity to foster connection around shared goals and motivate your team to reach the finish line. Here's how.

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Connection Heals Trauma

Posted
September 12, 2023
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Wellness

Trauma has far reaching consequences, but simple acts of connection can make a difference. Here's a helpful summary on what you need to know.

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Missing from the Oppenheimer Movie: The Connection Catalyst

Posted
August 5, 2023
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Employee Engagement

The Oppenheimer movie left out one crucial detail that contributed to the success of the Manhattan Project, writes Michael Stallard.

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Summer Reading to Change You for the Better

Posted
July 8, 2023
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in
Career

Experiencing the trials and triumphs of others through a book can actually change you for the better. Michael Stallard shares three non-fiction books perfect for summer reading.

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Are You Relationally Hydrated or Dehydrated?

Posted
June 20, 2023
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Wellness

As Katharine P. Stallard reflects, our need for connection shares some similarities with our body’s need for water. Here's some advice for meeting both needs.

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Healing Our Workplaces through Cultures of Connection

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May 16, 2023
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Wellness

The U.S. Surgeon General's office published a historic advisory on the importance of building cultures of connection. Check out our synopsis.

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With a Little Help from My Friends

Posted
April 17, 2023
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Wellness

Michael Stallard reflects on how an unexpected event reminded him of the value of investing in supportive relationships.

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Rekindling the Inner Flame in Others, and in Ourselves

Posted
March 21, 2023
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Career

When your inner flame begins to dim, positive connection with others can rekindle it as former Campbell's Soup CEO Doug Conant experienced.

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Cultivating a Culture of Connection at Home

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March 20, 2023
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Wellness

Connection Cultures are more than an employee engagement tool. They can also help families to thrive. Here's how.

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Frances Hesselbein: A Leader of Leaders, Who Cared For People First

Posted
February 6, 2023
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in
Connection Heroes

The late Frances Hesselbein was a legendary leader. Michael Stallard reflects on what set her apart.

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7 Connection Killers to Avoid

Posted
January 17, 2023
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Employee Engagement

If you want to build a Connection Culture in your organization, then you need to avoid these seven common "connection killers."

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You May Be the Most Important Person in Your Co-worker’s Life

Posted
December 10, 2022
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Workplace

Yes, it’s true. You may be the most important person in your co-worker’s life. Here are three simple actions you can take to help them feel like they belong.

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Employ Mindfulness to Give the Gifts of Connection and Contentment

Posted
November 21, 2022
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in
Wellness

Being truly present enables you to better connect with others. Michael Stallard shares a mindfulness technique that can help and the science behind it.

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Connection Tip: Be Present

Posted
November 20, 2022
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Career

Want to be a better connector to grow in your career? In this video, Katie Stallard, a partner at Connection Culture Group, shares tips on being present in conversations.

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Resilience Is Rooted in Human Connection

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October 11, 2022
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in
Wellness

Just as trees that share root systems are more resilient, you need healthy human connection in your life to weather life's storms, writes Michael Stallard.

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Extraordinary Opportunity to Win the War for Talent

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September 13, 2022
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Workplace

With just 1 in 10 jobs considered to be a great job, employers have a tremendous opportunity to win the war for talent by taking these three steps, writes Michael Stallard.

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Campbell's Turnaround Recipe: Measure Work Culture and Hold Leaders Accountable

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August 6, 2022
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Connection Heroes

Doug Conant's approach to leading a turnaround at Campbell's illustrates the value of using surveys to measure engagement and hold leaders accountable, writes Michael Stallard.

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7 Team-Strengthening Practices from Steph Curry’s Playbook

Posted
July 2, 2022
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Connection Heroes

In addition to his prowess on the basketball court, Steph Curry has a second superpower: his ability to connect. Here are 7 practices we can apply from the superstar’s playbook.

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How to Inspire the Next Generation

Posted
July 1, 2022
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in
Wellness

America's youth are facing some tough challenges. Michael Stallard reflects on how individuals and institutions can help.

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Reduce Mass Shootings Through Human Connection

Posted
June 13, 2022
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Wellness

As society grapples with how to reduce incidents of mass shootings, Michael Stallard argues that connection is part of the solution. Here's why.

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Michael Stallard Appears on Beltway Broadcast Episode Hosted by Metro DC Chapter of ATD

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June 11, 2022
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Media Appearances

Catch Michael Stallard's tips for supercharging your career with connection in this new episode of the Beltway Broadcast.

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Now Is a Critical Time to Create an Upward Spiral of Positivity

Posted
May 22, 2022
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Workplace

Rising negative emotions may be contributing to the Great Resignation, but stimulating positive emotions through connection can improve engagement and performance.

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I’ve Led Hybrid Teams for 15 Years – Here’s the Truth About What Works

Posted
April 23, 2022
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Workplace

From fostering connection to navigating in-office schedules, Randy Conley shares what works when leading hybrid teams in the workplace.

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Former Best Buy CEO Discovers the “Magic” of Connection

Posted
April 9, 2022
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Connection Heroes

Hubert Joly led a dramatic turnaround of Best Buy from 2012-2019. Michael Stallard explains what Joly's story illustrates about the power of connection.

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Leadership’s Sacred Trust

Posted
March 19, 2022
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in
Leadership

When you accept the position of leadership, you will touch lives. That is leadership’s sacred trust, writes Wally Bock.

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The Dangers of Being a Lonely Leader: What Putin's Story Illustrates

Posted
March 14, 2022
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in
Media Appearances

Could loneliness be playing a role in the decision making of one of today's most controversial leaders? Michael Stallard shares what the science says in a new article published by IE Insights.

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Why We Long for Leaders Who Actually Care

Posted
February 26, 2022
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in
Leadership

In order to be fully engaged and stay with an organization, employees need to know that their leaders are for them and care about them as individuals.

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Book Review: Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust by Ken Blanchard & Randy Conley

Posted
February 22, 2022
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in
Leadership

Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley's latest book is a helpful read for leaders who care about people and care about results, writes Michael Stallard.

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6 Ways Leaders Build Trust During Change

Posted
January 29, 2022
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in
Leadership

It’s critical that leaders foster a culture of trust before, during, and after a change effort if they want to have any chance of success, writes Randy Conley.

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Join Michael Stallard for a Virtual Event Hosted by the Anchorage Society for Human Resource Management

Posted
January 22, 2022
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Media Appearances

Calling all HR professionals! Earn SHRM PDC and HRCI credit while learning how to address employee retention at this event featuring Michael Stallard.

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Michael Stallard and Walt Rakowich Discuss Connection Culture

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January 11, 2022
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Media Appearances

Walt Rakowich, author of the book Transfluence, interviewed Michael Stallard about connection's role in the success of individuals and organizations.

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Hope Is What People Need from Leaders Today

Posted
January 10, 2022
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Leadership

As the pandemic rages on, many people are feeling discouraged. One of the most important things leaders can do is offer hope. Here's how.

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Connection Culture Recommended as a Best Book for Business Leaders

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January 4, 2022
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Media Appearances

Looking for some professional development reading in 2022? Wally Bock recommends the second edition of Connection Culture as a top business book pick.

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What Kind of Leader Are You: Superhero or Human Being?

Posted
January 2, 2022
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Leadership

Superhero leaders ultimately cause problems for themselves and their teams, writes Wally Bock. Here's the type of leader we need instead.

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Michael Stallard Interviews with New York City's WCBS Radio: Protection from Burnout and Suicide

Posted
December 22, 2021
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Media Appearances

Connection provides protection from burnout and suicidal thoughts, shared Michael Stallard in a recent interview with New York City's WCBS Radio.

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When Grit Isn’t Enough: Protection from Burnout and Suicide

Posted
December 7, 2021
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Wellness

During sustained periods of stress and loneliness, grit alone isn't sufficient to protect against burnout and suicidal thoughts. Human connection can help.

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Pat Farnack Interviews Michael Stallard About Brutal Honesty in the Workplace

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December 4, 2021
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Media Appearances

Michael Stallard spoke with Pat Farnack on WCBS Newsradio 880 in New York City about why brutal honesty doesn't belong in the workplace.

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Hard Things Effective Leaders Must Do

Posted
November 27, 2021
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Leadership

Some of the hardest aspects of leadership involve people. Wally Bock shares important advice for improving your soft skills.

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5 Strategies for Building High Trust, High Performing Teams

Posted
November 13, 2021
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Workplace

The most successful and high-performing teams are built on trust, writes Randy Conley. Here are five strategies to establish high levels of trust.

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Celebrate Moments of Resilience

Posted
November 8, 2021
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Workplace

By celebrating moments of resilience, we help people stay connected to the team and persevere through the inevitable challenging seasons, write Brandon Kozar, Katharine Stallard, and Michael Stallard.

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The Gentle Art of Asking Questions

Posted
October 22, 2021
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in
Career

Asking questions is a great way to connect and is a valuable career skill. Wally Bock shares tips for mastering the art of asking questions.

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TD Magazine Features Michael Stallard's Recommendations on Emotional Compensation

Posted
October 3, 2021
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Media Appearances

The October 2021 issue of TD Magazine shines a spotlight on the importance of emotional compensation during this year's "Great Resignation."

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Michael Stallard Interviewed for Kathy Caprino's Forbes Column

Posted
September 20, 2021
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Media Appearances

Kathy Caprino interviewed Michael Stallard for a Forbes column on how to retain employees during the "Great Resignation."

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The 1 Thing Leaders Agree is Critically Important for Success, Yet Few Have a Plan to Achieve It

Posted
September 19, 2021
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Leadership

Nearly all leaders agree that building employee trust is critical, but few address it. Randy Conley shares four ways to build trust.

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Terryberry to Host Michael Stallard in September 21 Webinar

Posted
September 9, 2021
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Media Appearances

Struggling with employee retention? Michael Stallard will share strategies for success at an upcoming Terryberry webinar.

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Michael Stallard to Speak at Virtual LeaderCon

Posted
September 8, 2021
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Media Appearances

Hear Connection Culture Group's Michael Lee Stallard at the 2021 Virtual LeaderCon on September 24.

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Michael Stallard Discusses Employee Retention Strategies With Pat Farnack

Posted
August 27, 2021
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in
Media Appearances

Michael Stallard appeared on WCBS Newsradio 880 to discuss employee retention strategies in today's environment.

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3 Things Effective Leaders Do

Posted
August 21, 2021
by
in
Leadership

If you want to be an effective leader, then you need to do these three things, writes Wally Bock.

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Lasting Change = Head Knowledge + Heart Knowledge

Posted
August 10, 2021
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Workplace

To create lasting change in your organizational culture, people need to embrace it with both their heads and their hearts, write Michael and Katie Stallard.

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GovExec Daily Podcast on Emotional Compensation’s Role in Employee Retention

Posted
August 8, 2021
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in
Media Appearances

Michael Stallard explored emotional compensation's role in employee retention in a recent episode of the GovExec Daily podcast.

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Connection Culture Cited in PM Magazine

Posted
July 31, 2021
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Media Appearances

PM Magazine, a publication of the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA), recently cited the Connection Culture framework as an example of factors that lead to government effectiveness.

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Learn About the Power of Connection at the ATD 2021 International Conference

Posted
July 25, 2021
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in
Media Appearances

Join Michael Stallard at the ATD 2021 International Conference to learn how connection boosts creativity and innovation.

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5 Actions to Keep Culture Alive and Thriving

Posted
July 18, 2021
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Workplace

Nurturing your organization's culture is like tending to a garden, writes Paul LaRue. It requires constant care to ensure that everyone thrives.

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To Cope with Labor Shortage, Raise Emotional Compensation

Posted
July 12, 2021
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Workplace

Is "emotional compensation" the key to attracting and retaining talent in today's tight labor market? Michael Stallard explains why it matters.

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Michael Stallard Shares Tips With IE Insights for Navigating the Return to the Office

Posted
July 5, 2021
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in
Media Appearances

In this video produced by IE Insights, Michael Stallard shares what managers can expect when employees return to the office.

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Michael Stallard Interviewed by Lee Newman, Dean of IE Business School in Spain

Posted
June 25, 2021
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in
Media Appearances

Lee Newman, Dean of IE Business School in Spain, interviewed Michael Stallard about the importance of connection coming out of the pandemic.

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5 Ways You Undermine Trust in Your Leadership

Posted
June 19, 2021
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in
Leadership

When leaders are trusted by their followers, anything is possible. Randy Conley shares five behaviors that leaders should avoid to preserve trust.

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Preparing for Re-entry into the Physical Workplace: Lessons from NASA

Posted
June 5, 2021
by
in
Workplace

Re-entering the workplace after a long period of social isolation is something NASA astronauts have done for decades. Michael Stallard shares lessons we can learn.

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Acing the Interview: What Hiring Managers and Applicants Need to Know About Management Style Questions

Posted
June 3, 2021
by
in
Career

Whether you are the job applicant or the hiring manager, you can and should be prepared to discuss management style and the relational culture of the team during the interview process, writes Katie Russell.

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GovExec Daily Podcast Appearance: Workplace Culture and the Return to Offices

Posted
May 21, 2021
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in
Media Appearances

The GovExec Daily podcast featured Connection Culture Group's Michael Stallard in a conversation about how workplace culture may influence employees' decisions to return.

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Michael Stallard Appears on GRACE Under Pressure Podcast Hosted by John Baldoni

Posted
May 21, 2021
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in
Media Appearances

Internationally known leadership expert John Baldoni interviewed Michael Stallard for the GRACE Under Pressure podcast.

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5 Things You Can Do to Be a Better Boss

Posted
May 16, 2021
by
in
Leadership

Research shows that thirty to sixty percent of bosses fail. Wally Bock shares five things you can do to beat the odds.

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Hope Employees Will Return to the Office? Start Here.

Posted
May 11, 2021
by
in
Workplace

If employers hope to convince employees to return to the office after the pandemic, then fostering a connection culture will be essential writes Michael Stallard.

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What Assumptions Are You Making?

Posted
April 25, 2021
by
in
Leadership

The assumptions we make about others are often the source of conflict in work relationships. Mary Jo Asmus shares three common assumptions that leaders need to question.

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GovExec Daily Podcast Appearance: The Utility of Breaks and Breakdowns

Posted
April 18, 2021
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Media Appearances

Michael and Katie Stallard explained the wisdom of giving yourself time for a break - or even a breakdown - in a GovExec Daily podcast interview.

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TD Magazine Features Michael and Katie Stallard's Article on Innovation

Posted
April 3, 2021
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Media Appearances

Innovation is on the decline, but it doesn't have to be that way. Michael and Katie Stallard explain why in a new article published by TD magazine.

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Having an Old-fashioned Nervous Breakdown Might Be a Good Thing

Posted
March 31, 2021
by
in
Wellness

The term "nervous breakdown" may have fallen out of common use, but Michael and Katie Stallard write that taking a break to recharge may be what today's workers need.

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Michael Stallard Appears on GovExec Daily Podcast

Posted
March 27, 2021
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Media Appearances

GovExec Daily hosted Michael Stallard for a conversation about a creative approach to engaging remote team members: bringing back show and tell.

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The 4 Behaviors Guaranteed to Destroy Relationships

Posted
March 21, 2021
by
in
Career

Avoid sabotaging work relationships...and your career...by steering clear of these four destructive behaviors, writes Randy Conley.

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Michael Stallard Featured on Finding Brave Podcast

Posted
March 13, 2021
by
in
Media Appearances

Michael Stallard joined Kathy Caprino for a candid conversation about combatting the rising stress and loneliness of the pandemic in the latest episode of the Finding Brave podcast.

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Connect Your Remote Team Through Personal Knowledge

Posted
March 6, 2021
by
in
Employee Engagement

Personal knowledge can be a powerful connector, but it can be tough to help remote workers to connect. Learn two approaches for boosting engagement.

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3 Common Leadership Myths About Burnout – And What to Think Instead

Posted
February 28, 2021
by
in
Leadership

There are a lot of myths about burnout that get in the way of truly addressing the problem, writes Suzi McAlpine. Here's what leaders need to do instead.

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Leadership: Over the Hills and Far Away

Posted
February 14, 2021
by
in
Leadership

As leaders manage remote teams, it may feel like employees are "over the hills and far away." Wally Bock shares three reminders for leading in a remote environment.

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Thriving Through the Ongoing Pandemic

Posted
February 9, 2021
by
in
Wellness

What characteristics do people who are thriving through the pandemic have in common? Michael Lee Stallard explains.

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Hear Michael Lee Stallard at These February Conferences

Posted
January 30, 2021
by
in
Media Appearances

Michael Lee Stallard will be a keynote speaker at two virtual conferences designed for professionals in the higher education and human resources fields.

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Michael Lee Stallard Featured in getAbstract Webinar

Posted
January 23, 2021
by
in
Media Appearances

Michael Lee Stallard talked about remote work, rising stress, and the critical need for connection in a recent getAbstract webinar.

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Stop Enabling the Workplace Bully

Posted
January 16, 2021
by
in
Workplace

Many leaders put up with workplace bullies because the bully produces results, but that approach ultimately harms the culture of the organization reminds Paul LaRue.

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The Role Connection Plays in a Democracy

Posted
January 10, 2021
by
in
Leadership

Connection is what allows our society to function as "we, the people," writes Michael Lee Stallard. Here's how we can strengthen that connection in 2021.

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Connection Culture Course Among LinkedIn Learning’s Most Popular

Posted
January 8, 2021
by
in
Media Appearances

The LinkedIn Learning course on Connection Culture featuring Michael Lee Stallard is now one of the platform's most popular courses. Here's how to access it for free.

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Your Purpose Doesn’t Need to be Earth-Saving

Posted
January 2, 2021
by
in
Employee Engagement

Every team needs a purpose, but don't fall into the trap of overthinking what that purpose is, reminds Wally Bock.

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

Posted
December 24, 2020
by
in
Media Appearances

SmartBrief's top articles of 2020 included a piece written by Connection Culture Group's Michael and Katie Stallard.

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Learning Compassion

Posted
December 13, 2020
by
in
Leadership

Compassion shows that you care and creates a work environment where people want to be. Mary Jo Asmus shares tips on how leaders can cultivate this characteristic.

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Exciting News About Our Latest Book

Posted
December 9, 2020
by
in
Media Appearances

Two of the leading book summary organizations in the world have published helpful abstracts of the second edition of Connection Culture.

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A Year-End Gift to Our Readers: LinkedIn Learning Course Access

Posted
December 5, 2020
by
in
Media Appearances

As 2020 draws to a close, Michael and Katie Stallard share the story of the new Connection Culture LinkedIn Learning course and give readers a special offer.

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Don’t Abandon Your Core Values During a Crisis

Posted
November 14, 2020
by
in
Workplace

In a crisis, do your organization's leaders take a fight or flight approach? Paul LaRue shares why staying true to core values matters.

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Why and How to Become a Helpful Boss

Posted
October 31, 2020
by
in
Leadership

Helpfulness reinforces connection and makes employees less likely to leave. Wally Bock explains how to become a helpful boss.

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Lifting Others with Your Words

Posted
October 25, 2020
by
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Leadership

Emotions are catching, reminds Mary Jo Asmus. Be intentional about choosing positive words when appropriate to lift others up.

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Michael Lee Stallard Tells Soundview Magazine Why Connection is Critical to Emotional Health

Posted
October 17, 2020
by
in
Media Appearances

Soundview Magazine published thoughts from Michael Lee Stallard on why connection is critical to managing emotional health, particularly during the pandemic.

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Michael Lee Stallard Appears on GovExec Daily Podcast

Posted
October 17, 2020
by
in
Media Appearances

Michael Lee Stallard talks with GovExec Daily about how to foster a culture of connection at government agencies during the pandemic.

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Lessons on Connection from the Life of RBG

Posted
October 6, 2020
by
in
Connection Heroes

We can learn a lot about how to live a life of connection from the example of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writes Michael Lee Stallard.

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Michael Stallard Shares Update on Latest Book With Pat Farnack of WCBS Newsradio

Posted
October 6, 2020
by
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Media Appearances

Michael Stallard spoke with Pat Farnack of WCBS Newsradio about what's included in the latest edition of the book Connection Culture.

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