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"Packed with rock-solid evidence, disturbing statistics and moving stories, this short but passionate plea for connectedness at work and in life delivers a wake-up call...Americans in particular have let relationships and community suffer...The few organizations that include employees in decisions, respect them and encourage relationship building and bonding ultimately outpace their competitors. getAbstract recommends this quick read to leaders who want to build places where the best people want to work and connect." - getAbstract

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“Michael Lee Stallard…make(s) some practical suggestions for employers who want to change the culture of their organization.”

-Mian Ridge, Financial Times



“At the end of the day leadership is all about the human experience. Connection Culture provides ideas, actions, and pathways that servant leaders can use to not only enhance performance, but more importantly to build a strong culture.”

—Howard Behar,  Former President , Starbucks International


“Connection Culture captures that profound truth that people come first and provides the framework, language, and practices every leader needs to achieve a sustainable, superior performance. A great leadership guide for leaders at every level.”

—Frances Hesselbein , President and CEO, The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute


“Michael Stallard provides us with a new language about leadership, a new and important way of thinking for leaders, and all the research and evidence to back his connection strategy. This is more than a great read; Michael’s connection strategy is a game changer for leaders.”

—Vernon Clark, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret), Former Chief of Naval Operations


“Connection Culture lays out a compelling case for a culture of connection in every organization, and provides a framework for leaders who want to apply positive personal values in practice in their organizations and teams.”

—John Young, Group President, Global Established Pharma Businesses, Pfizer


“Engaging, while offering real solutions to human challenges that occur in the workplace! As someone who has researched and published in the field of organizational psychology, I can honestly say that Connection Culture is right on target and a book that every leader should race to get his or her hands on.”

—Karla R. Peters-Van Havel

  Chief Operating Officer, The Institute for Management Studies



“As a psychiatrist I have cared for thousands of individuals with anxiety and depression who complained that they did not feel appreciated at work and longed for a sense of importance. Connection Culture addresses this problem and offers good, practical solutions. Every manager needs to read this book—it will foster healthier work environments and make my job a lot easier!”

—Ted George

  Clinical Professor, George Washington School of Medicine

 Senior Investigator, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism


“Listening to and engaging staffers in the right way at all levels is the key to driving business forward and is at the heart of Michael’s book. Running an organization of some 8,000 people, I have found Michael’s experience, guidance, and philosophy helpful in understanding and improving our company’s performance on multiple metrics. I hope others find the inspiration in this book that has helped FCB be better at what we do.”

—Carter Murray

Worldwide CEO, Foote, Cone & Belding



“Connection Culture grabbed my attention from the beginning and had me jumping on the phone to share its ideas with friends and colleagues. We have to do better as leaders and as teachers of leadership development to be intentional in creating and sustaining connection cultures. Even when you think you’ve got it all in place (the surveys, training, recognition awards, and celebrations), disconnection creeps in. You must read this book.”

—Janis Apted

Associate Vice President, Faculty and Academic Development

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Association for Talent Development (April 30, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562869272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562869274
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas M. Loarie VINE VOICE on May 18, 2015
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Do you feel like an outsider in the organization where you work? Are you being held hostage in a dysfunctional environment by the need to earn a paycheck? Are there power cliques within your organization that control the tempo by creating obstacles thwarting productivity and contribution? Do you feel powerless and alone? You are not alone. Over 75% of people working in the United States are disengaged with their jobs. Most feel like they are a cog in a machine - unimportant, uncertain, or invisible.

Best-selling author, Michael Lee Stallard, in his recently released "Connection Culture," points the finger at today's leaders who do not put much value on the relational nature of work. This is a lost opportunity since "the state of connection," a basic human need, has been in general decline since the post-WWII boom. Broken families, two income families, the splintering of families due to geographic migration, longer commute times, economic insecurity (layoffs, mergers and downsizing) have left us with less time for family, less time for hanging out with friends, less time to participate in church and community organizations...less time for human connection.

Stallard points to the growing epidemic of anxiety, sleeplessness, and loneliness as evidenced by the growth of paid confidants/coaches, psychologists, psychiatrists, and the sale of prescription drug remedies. Healthy "connection culture" organizations (and healthy connected families) can provide an antidote to the current trend as well as a clear competitive advantage for organizations and individuals.

"Connection Culture" focuses on the six universal needs humans must have to thrive: respect, recognition, longing, autonomy, personal growth, and meaning.
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This is a must read for all managers!

After reading Fired up or Burned out I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Connection culture has the perfect balance of revisiting topics from Fired up or Burned out, yet doesn't just regurgitate topics and ideas discussed in that book. This compliments Fired up very well, and for readers that have not had the opportunity to read it, revisits that material just enough to set the stage for topics discussed in Connection culture.

I was a huge fan of all the research data, additionally, I must say that chapter six was my favorite chapter of this book. I liked how topics were re-introduced and then there was discussion around implementing a culture shift within a team and organization. Again, I believe this is a must read for all managers as this discusses true leadership in ways that many have overlooked in the past.
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Hundreds of books have been published about organizational culture over the past several years (including two by me), but Stallard's is the first to explicitly address that single-most important element of a great culture - a spirit of connection. One thing I love about this book is the way that he weaves in his own personal stories, relevant real world examples, appropriate scientific research, and creative insights into what makes a great culture tick into a book that is not just easy to read - it's hard to put down. "Connection Culture" gives great advice for leaders who want to foster such a culture (and they all should) and for employees who would like to be part of such a culture (and wouldn't we all). Highly recommended - I've already started sharing with some of our Values Coach clients.
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Mike Krzyzewski ("Coach K") would agree that he was clueless about the power of connection--until his "Aha!" moment with his wife and three daughters around the family dinner table. That's quite a statement from Duke University's head basketball coach with 1,018 career wins, the most in NCAA history.

According to the authors, Coach K transformed his coaching style by watching his wife, Mickie, and the women in his family reconnect at the end of each day. "He also observed how attuned they were to how people felt--their intuition was like radar. Time and again Mickie could sense when something was bothering one of Coach K's players."

So Coach K recruited his wife and daughters. "The Krzyzewski women became, in military terms, a reconnaissance team to sense the state of relationships, emotions, connection, community, and unity among the team. The boys became extended members of their family--the women gave the players hugs (which boost the trust hormone oxytocin). As Coach K became more intentional about developing the feeling of connection among the team, it produced superior results."

Did I mention he's led Duke to five NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships, including 2015?

Don't skip this one! Authors Michael Lee Stallard, Jason Pankau, and Katharine P. Stallard deliver well-researched and reasoned insights in their highly readable new book, "Connection Culture"--just 93 pages, not counting 25 more pages of robust resources, such as the descriptions of 24 character strengths developed by the VIA Institute on Character (my two favorite: hope and humor).
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