Episode #935 Michael Lee Stallard: Connection Culture

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Moe and Michael Lee Stallard talk about the competitive advantage of shared identity, empathy, and understanding at work.


Michael Lee Stallard

CEO of E Pluribus Partners View Full Profile

The Connected Workplace

Long before Michael Lee Stallard published his book, Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work, he walked the hallways of some of the world’s most admired companies to experience firsthand the impetus that fuels superior performance.  What he learned isn’t as surprising as it is common human etiquette.  We know that human beings crave recognition, respect, and a sense of belonging. Still, unless it is accompanied by a greater sense of autonomy, an inviting environment that fosters personal growth and a higher purpose, employee engagement will remain elusive.  

In this conversation with Stallard, he reminds me that ‘connection is a superpower;’ it’s truly the one lever that makes everything possible.  A lot is written about why a workplace culture is far greater than the sum of its parts, still unless a complete alignment exists between the C-suite and the rest of the organization, a connected culture is just wishful thinking.    

Here are the topics we cover:

  • The essence of a connected culture

  • The leadership imperative that ignites connection

  • The six universal human needs and why they matter

  • How Attitude + Language + Behavior shape your culture

  • Taking action through Vision + Value + Voice

  • The human value that produces Empathy

  • The role of recruiting and on-boarding in a connected culture