Connection Culture provides a new way of thinking about leadership based on the universal human need to feel connected to a group (which is in contrast to feeling unsupported, left out, or lonely). The book describes a Connection Culture that helps people and organizations thrive verses “cultures of control” and “cultures of indifference” that drain the life out of people and sabotage organizational performance. Connection Culture includes inspiring stories of great leaders who created Connection Cultures, scientific evidence that people and organizations need Connection Cultures to thrive, and descriptions of ways to connect that include attitudes, uses of language and behaviors. Written for busy leaders with little time to waste, Connection Culture is concise, inspiring, and practical.
Michael Lee Stallard is an expert on how effective leaders boost team performance and employee engagement through increasing human connection in organizational culture. He gives keynote speeches, leads workshops, and consults for clients of Connection Culture Group (CCG). He is the primary author of the books Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work and Fired Up or Burned Out: Reignite Your Team's Passion, Creativity and Productivity. Articles written by Michael or about his work have appeared in leadership and business periodicals worldwide. Texas Christian University established the TCU Center for Connection Culture based on Michael and his colleagues’ work. Prior to co-founding the Connection Culture Group, Michael was chief marketing officer for the private wealth management businesses at Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab. He has graduate degrees in business and law, and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1991. Michael is married and has two grown daughters.
Jason Pankau is a cofounder and partner at E Pluribus Partners. He speaks, teaches workshops, and serves as a consultant and coach to leaders at a wide variety of organizations. Jason is a contributor to Connection Culture, Fired Up or Burned Out and What Managers Say, What Employees Hear. He has contributed articles to leadership publications including Leader to Leader and Leadership Excellence. In addition to his work at E Pluribus Partners, Jason is president of Life Spring Network, a Christian ministry. Jason earned a B.S. from Brown University in business economics and organizational behavior/ management. He was captain and pre-season All-American linebacker in football, school record holder in discus, and national qualifier in track while at Brown. Jason earned a Masters of Divinity from Southern Theological Seminary.
Katharine P. Stallard is a partner at Connection Culture Group. She is a gifted connector, speaker, and teacher who brings diverse experience in marketing, administration, business, and non-profit organizations to her role. Katie has co-authored and contributed to articles appearing in publications including HR Magazine and Leader to Leader. Audiences and workshop participants enjoy her sense of humor and practical advice. Comfortable in front of people, she's been singing in a capella groups for more than 24 years, and has even done a bit of TV and film work. Katie is the first to admit that she "loves a microphone." A surprising piece of her story is that she is a three-time cancer survivor. She has extensive experience helping and serving on the boards of social sector and education organizations. Katie graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois with a degree in business administration.
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