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. Michael Lee Stallard’s Connection Culture 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 all whom you lead a true competitive advantage.
Inspiring and practical, this book challenges you to set the performance bar high and to 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.
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
Appendix I VIA Institute Classification of Character Strengths 99
Appendix II Study Questions For Book Groups 103
Appendix III Additional Resources 107
About the Author and Contributors 123
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. http://www.michaelleestallard.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VQWMAMM/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
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.
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!