Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work

Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work

by Michael Lee Stallard


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Connection Culture, 2nd Edition The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work Michael Lee StallardTodd Hall, Katharine P. Stallard, and Jason Pankau Human Connection Affects Much More Than the Bottom Line Organizations thrive when employees feel valued, the environment is energized, and high productivity and innovation are the norm. This requires a new kind of leader who fosters a culture of connection within the organization. An update to the popular first edition, Michael Lee Stallard’s Connection Culture, 2nd Edition, provides a fresh way of thinking about leadership and offers recommendations for how to tap into the power of human connection. If you want to begin fostering a connection culture in your organization, this book is your game-changing opportunity. Stop undermining performance and take the first step toward change that will give your organization, your team, and everyone you lead a true competitive advantage. Inspiring and practical, this book challenges you to set the performance bar high and keep reaching. In this book, you will learn how to: • Foster a connection culture. • Emulate best practices of connected workplaces like those at Pixar and Duke University’s men’s basketball team. • Boost vision, value, and voice within your organization. The second edition introduces new, research-supported theories about loneliness and includes new examples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947308398
Publisher: Association for Talent Development
Publication date: 07/15/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 474,522
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Michael Lee Stallard ( is a thought leader, author, speaker, and expert on how human connection in culture affects the health and performance of individuals and organizations. He is the president and co-founder of E Pluribus Partners and the Connection Culture Group. Michael is the primary author of Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity, and Productivity and Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding (ATD Press). Michael has appeared in media outlets worldwide, including Entrepreneur, Financial Times, Fast Company, Forbes, Fox Business, Inc., Knowledge@Wharton, Leader to Leader, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. His clients have included Costco, Lockheed Martin, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NASA, Scotiabank, U.S. Department of Treasury, and Qualcomm. Texas Christian University founded the TCU Center for Connection Culture to advance Michael and his colleagues' ideas at TCU and in higher education.

Table of Contents

Foreword Victor J. Boschini v

Foreword Ted George vii

Introduction: The Secret of U2's Success xi

1 The Competitive Advantage of Connection 1

2 Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding 11

3 Connection: Hidden in Plain Sight 29

4 The Scientific Case for Connection 51

5 Taking Action: Connecting Through Vision, Value, and Voice 67

6 Whom Will You Choose to Become? 87

Acknowledgments 95

Appendix I VIA Institute Classification of Character Strengths 99

Appendix II Study Questions For Book Groups 103

Appendix III Additional Resources 107

References 109

About the Author and Contributors 123

Index 127

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