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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595552812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595552815
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fabulous book, a must read!" -- Jack Mitchell, Chairman and CEO of Mitchells/Richards/Marshs, Author of Hug Your Customers: The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results

"An enthralling and impressive work. It shows how to empower people and create great societies, corporations and cultures. I'm giving it to everyone at my own firm." -- Russell Reynolds, Jr., Founder and Former CEO, Russell Reynolds Associates; Chairman, The Directorship Search Group

"In our turbulent times, leaders who are searching for ways to develop the healthy work environment that releases the energy of their people, releases the human spirit, could not find a more inspiring support than this great new resource for leaders in the corporate, government and social sectors. Fired Up or Burned Out will be the indispensable leadership guide for leaders everywhere." -- Frances Hesselbein, Chairman and Founding President, The Peter Drucker Foundation (Renamed the Leader to Leader Institute)

"Reading this book is like having a great conversation; new and interesting people join in along the way, adding their own personal and varied insights, and encouraging an increasingly smart and useful dialogue. Readers are compelled to emerge smarter, more thoughtful, and more energized and engaging with this book." -- Regina Fazio Maruca, former Senior Editor, Harvard Business Review, Coauthor Your Leadership Legacy

"Stallard's strategy gives business owners the tools to energize and strengthen their employees. Fired Up or Burned Out is a must-read for leaders who are looking for new ways to inspire spirit in the workplace." -- Shep & Ian Murray, Co-Founders and CEOs of vineyard vines

"Through fascinating stories, Fired Up or Burned Out convinced me of the power of connection, in life and in work. It helped me see what is missing in so many organizations. Just as important, I learned what to do about it." -- Marian Chapman Moore, Professor, Academic Director, Darden MBA for Executives, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia

"Pragmatic...not PollyAnnaish...The soft stuff counts and Stallard's book helps fluff the pillows...It's impossible not to find some example that will make you rethink your own approach to other people in your working life." -- Michael Fitzgerald Columnist, The New York Times (on BNet)

"This is a very big idea. While it's simple, it's not easy to do, but it's important. Hurry!" -- Seth Godin, Author, The Dip --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Michael Lee Stallard is cofounder and president of E Pluribus Partners, a think tank and consulting firm helping organizations increase employee and customer engagement. As former chief marketing officer at Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab, he was a thought leader on the topic of engaging people on the front lines of business. He has taught these principles to Fortune magazine, The World Presidents Organization, the American Bankers Association, and more.


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Michael Lee Stallard is a leading authority on leadership, employee engagement and customer engagement. He is the co-founder, president and CEO of E Pluribus Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in helping leaders create "Connection Cultures" to form strong bonds among the management, employees and customers of an organization. Connection Cultures increase employee and customer engagement as well as productivity, profitability, innovation, employee retention and customer loyalty. E Pluribus Partners' clients have included Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, General Electric, UBS, General Re and several hedge funds. General Electric recently revised its leadership training course to incorporate Michael's work.

Michael is the primary author of the book Fired Up or Burned Out. It has been widely praised by well-respected leaders and thought leaders. Marketing maven and bestselling author Seth Godin wrote, "this is a very big idea. While it's simple, it's not easy to do, but it's important. Hurry!" Frances Hesselbein, Chairman of the Leader to Leader Institute, described the book as "the indispensable leadership guide for leaders everywhere." Russell Reynolds, Jr., founder and former CEO of Russell Reynolds Associates wrote, "An enthralling and impressive work. It shows how to empower people and create great societies, corporations and cultures. I'm giving it to everyone at my own firm." William A. Holstein of The New York Times wrote that Michael's ideas on connection reflect "great wisdom." Michael Fitzgerald, who writes for The Economist and Inc wrote on BNet, "The soft stuff counts and Stallard's book helps...It's impossible not to find some example that will make you rethink your own approach to other people in your working life." Fired Up or Burned Out has also been praised by executive coach and best-selling author Marshall Goldsmith as a book that contains ideas that help leaders engage knowledge workers.

Michael's work has been in the media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Leader to Leader, Leadership Excellence, M World: The Journal of the American Management Association, Perdido, Live Mint (in India), Shukan Daiyamondo (in Japan), Capital (in Dubai), Rotman Magazine of The University of Toronto (Canada in Spring 2009) and Fox Business Now. He is a regular contributor to India's largest circulated business daily newspaper, The Economic Times. Michael has spoken at conferences organized by Fortune magazine, The World Presidents Organization, the American Bankers Association, The Corporate Executive Board, the Innovation Council and the Investment Company Institute. He is a guest lecturer on employee and customer engagement at New York University's Stern School of Business, The University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Prior to founding E Pluribus Partners, Michael was chief marketing officer for businesses at Charles Schwab and Morgan Stanley. The programs identified and implemented by the team he assembled and led at Morgan Stanley contributed to doubling the business unit's revenues over a two year period. The practices he and his team developed became the genesis for his approach to elevating the productivity and innovation of individuals and organizations. Earlier in his career, Michael worked as an executive in investment banking, marketing, finance and business development-related positions at Texas Instruments, Van Kampen Investments and Barclays Bank, PLC. Michael's educational background includes a bachelor's degree in marketing from Illinois State University, an M.B.A. from University of Texas Permian Basin, and a J.D. from DePaul University Law School. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1991. Michael is married and has two daughters.



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We all want to create this type of work environment.
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I just finished Michael Stallard's Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team's Passion, Creativity, and Productivity, and liked it very much.
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A well written book and good read if you have not got this message from elsewhere.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Loarie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Michael Stallard's "Fired Up or Burned Out" addresses organizational and personal passion, creativity, and productivity. Stallard notes in his introduction that fewer than three in ten Americans are engaged in their jobs (surviving rather than thriving), and sets about to explain why and how it can be fixed.

"Fired Up" is organized into four sections (and 15 chapters): what fires us up; the keys to connecting a team and lighting their fires; where it begins; and lessons from twenty great leaders. Each section begins with a "What you will learn guide," and each chapter ends with a "Review, Reflection, and Application" summary. The former provides the theme and the latter provides an excellent reference for future review.

What you will learn includes:

* Why a sense of emotional connection is necessary for people and organizations to thrive.

* How the oft discussed elements of vision, value, and voice are reflected in the richer concepts of inspiring identity, human value, and knowledge flow.

* Why connection depends on the right kind of people whose actions increase connection.

* The three types of people who affect connection: intentional disconnectors, unintentional disconnectors, and intentional connectors.

Stallard begins with the fundamental belief that all people want and need to feel valued and shows how the "Power of Connection" works to this end. "Connection meets basic human psychological needs for respect, recognition, belonging, autonomy, personal growth, and meaning." People with a higher degree of connection experience superior mental and physical health improving the performance of both. And the lack of connection will gradually diminish both leading to burn out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven K. Szmutko VINE VOICE on February 13, 2008
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The power of connection is at once essential and evasive. The good organizations have it, the mediocre organizations give lip service to it, and the poor organizations just don't care if they have it. Yet, for those leaders who seek greatness -- for themselves, their organizations, and their organizations -- connection and engagement are indispensible.

Co-author Michael Lee Stallard is the founder of E Pluribus Partners, an employee engagement consulting firm, concisely and inspiringly outlines the three keys to connections: Visions, Value, and Voice. Along with Carolyn Dewing-Hommes and Jason Pankau, he asserts that connection is neither created nor maintained through a panoply of superficialities, but rather through the clarity of example rooted in human integrity and concern. Without genuineness, team members will quickly disengage (and perhaps justifiably so) and seek connection elsewhere, if not physically, then at least mentally, emotionally and spiritually -- all with disastrous consequences for the organizations.

The first part of the book outlines the importance of connectivity and meaning. The second part moves into the three keys of Vision, Value and Voice with examples drawn from various areas of life. Part three delves into the leader as instrument of connection -- again reinforcing that to increase connectivity, he or she must embrace those qualities within their mind, heart and soul. Lastly, the authors offer a twenty-day "program," examples of leaders who have engaged their people in various endeavors. These can be read "one-a day" -- a daily dose of wisdom, or reviewed in various order.

Appendix A, a scant three pages, provides a roadmap by which anyone can begin to evaluate connectivity within their own organization.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2007
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Michael Lee Stallard has put together a nice volume on management. The direct writing style and nicely sized chapters make this book digestible and practical. His emphasis on "connection culture" in business is centered on creating a place where workers feel valued. This volume is a must read for managers and aspiring leaders alike.

The book starts with an introduction that puts the topic into personal context. The author discusses his experiences in various firms and the challenges he faced professionally and personally that prompted his study of motivation.

He goes over background and supporting evidence regarding the costs of a disconnected workforce. Such studies are at best estimates, but he includes many references to allow for further research. He drives the message home with popular management tomes, from John Wooden to Starbucks, and references to history, from the American Revolution to WWII.

Part IV of the book outlines a 20 day program depicting leaders who espoused the connection culture and practical lessons that one can apply to their organization. The steps include analyzing the culture we have been unconsciously creating and communicating the value of others through action.

Pros
+ Direct writing style
+ Very well organized chapters
+ A nice compendium of management stories
+ Succinct enough to be read in one sitting
+ More understanding comes from reflecting on the text

Considerations
- The book is based on the premise that disconnected workplaces are the primary cause of "Burn-out." After careful thought, I see the author's point of view here.
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