Connection Culture: Boosting Employee Engagement


The low rate of employee engagement hasn’t budged in more than a decade. Why? Surveys and programs are not enough. Higher engagement is rooted in a culture whose language, attitudes and behaviors make people feel connected to one another rather than feel unsupported, left out or alone. Employees in an organization with a high degree of connection are more productive, more engaged, more collaborative, and less likely to leave. In fact, research demonstrates that there is a set of learnable leadership behaviors that can ignite the workforce so individuals do more than survive- they thrive.

Join expert Michael Lee Stallard, as he describes the “connection culture” that every organization needs to boost employee engagement and to thrive for sustained periods of time.

Participants Will Learn

  • 3 psychosocial cultures in the workplace
  • The missing link that transforms managers into leader people want to follow
  • How toxic stress sabotages performance whereas connection enhances performance
  • 3 core elements of a “connection culture”
  • A simple, memorable and actionable way to train managers how to create a connection culture

Who Should Attend

  • Managers and leaders
  • Human resources professionals
  • Trainers
  • Organizational development professionals



Michael Lee Stallard is President of E Pluribus Partners, a leadership training and consulting firm. He speaks and teaches at a wide variety of business, government, healthcare and education organizations. Michael is the primary author of the book Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity and Productivity, and his most recent Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work. He writes the CEO Advisor column for and is a regular contributor to SmartBriefs.  Articles about his work have appeared in leadership periodicals worldwide. He is a faculty member of the Institute for Management Studies.

Prior to founding E Pluribus Partners, Michael was chief marketing officer for businesses at Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab. Earlier in his career, Michael worked as an executive at Barclays PLC and Texas Instruments. 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 in Chicago, Illinois. He was admitted to the bar in 1991.

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