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


View All Available Formats & Editions

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781562869274
Publisher: Association for Talent Development
Publication date: 05/01/2015
Series: Association for Talent Development Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michael Lee Stallard is president of E Pluribus Partners, and a speaker, teacher, and consultant on leadership, employee engagement, productivity, and innovation. He is the primary author of Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity and Productivity and a contributor to The ASTD Management Development Handbook. Articles written by Michael or about his work have appeared in leadership periodicals worldwide. He has spoken or taught at many leading organizations, including General Electric, Google, Johnson & Johnson, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the NASA Johnson Space Center, Scotiabank, the U.S. Treasury Department, and the Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Kare-Anderson More than 1 year ago
One of the surest, most cost-effective ways to grow a company and keep it competitive in our fast-changing world is to enable employees to use their best talents with each other on work that feels meaningful. That approach requires the growth of a company culture that facilitates and rewards positively productive interactions and collaboration. That’s why this Michael Lee Stallard’s book, Connection Culture, has proven to be game changing for firms as diverse as General Electric , U2, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Google.If you seek proven, actionable insights about how to spur greater employee engagement and productive interactions in your company or other kind of organization, read this book. The related benefits are stronger productivity, moral and loyalty – and an increased capacity to respond swifter and better to solve problems and seize opportunities. Strengthening these traits creates a virtuous circle of ever more mutually reinforcing benefits for employees and the organization as a whole. In this book you will discover concrete suggestions with real life examples that Michael Lee Stallard has actually instituted in several companies or found via research.
Greg_Owen-Boger More than 1 year ago
I have a favorite bumper sticker that reads, “I value people and business. In that order.” In “Connection Culture,” Michael Lee Stallard puts this pithy concept into action. He makes the argument for why we need to create the conditions for – and nurture – a work culture that places high priority on human connection. And when we do that, success follows. In his easy-to-digest (this is a good thing!) new book, he shows us how to achieve this type of success using solid research and real-world examples. “Connection Culture” ought to be mandatory reading in every business school and leadership training curriculum.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Connection Culture is yet another reason Michael Lee Stallard is on the top of his game. His first book (Fired Up or Burned Out) introduced us to the concepts of Vision, Value, and Voice. Connection Culture adds the “why” and articulates his mantra in simplistic terms that can be implemented within any organization. Stallard shows the reader the many advantages of “Vision, Value, and Voice” in the pursuit of connection, from the competitive advantages to scientific cases. Connection Culture holds both action steps and real world examples outlining the need for more people connection. Far too often performance in organizations suffers due to lack of people skills being utilized, with the usual excuse of, “I’m too busy.” Relationship management is a central aspect of any great leader, and Connection Culture will add value to any leader’s playbook. I highly recommend this book!