In the average organization only 30 percent employees are engaged, while in the best organizations the number climbs to 60 percent or more. The low rate of engagement hasn’t budged in more than a decade. Why? Employee engagement surveys and programs are not enough. Higher engagement is rooted in a culture whose language, attitudes and behaviors make people feel connected to others and to the vision of the organization. Employees in an organization with a high degree of connection are more productive, engaged, collaborative, and loyal. In fact, research demonstrates that there is a set of learnable leadership behaviors that can ignite employees to not just survive, but thrive.
Sharing knowledge integrated from multiple fields including neuroscience, organizational behavior, psychology, sociology, history, and proprietary research, Michael Lee Stallard and Todd W. Hall, of E Pluribus Partners, describe the “Connection Culture” that every organization needs to boost employee engagement and produce sustained high performance.
Michael Lee Stallard is President of E Pluribus Partners, a leadership training and consulting firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut, and a co-founder of ConnectionCulture.com. He speaks and teaches at a wide variety of organizations including Google, Johnson & Johnson, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, NASA, Qualcomm, Scotiabank, and the U.S. Treasury Department. Texas Christian University created the TCU Center for Connection Culture based on Michael’s work.
Michael is the primary author of the books Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work and Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity and Productivity. 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 the private wealth management businesses of Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab. 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.
Todd W. Hall, Ph.D. is Chief Scientist for E Pluribus Partners, a leadership training and consulting firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut. A research and clinical psychologist, Todd has 20+ years experience helping individuals and teams thrive. He has been privileged to consult with start-ups, government agencies, non-profits, and for-profits, including the National Institute for Mental Health, the U.S. Army, the Salvation Army, VHA Corp., New York City Leadership Center, Moody Press, Pruvio, and numerous universities.
Todd’s writing and consulting focuses on helping people connect to the work they love and the people they serve. Todd is a regular contributor for Human Capital Institute, ConnectionCulture.com, Execunet.com and The Association for Talent Development. In addition to coaching leaders and teams, Todd develops research-based assessment tools and practices to provide organizations with actionable knowledge that translates into improved performance. He is a co-developer of the MCORE, a proprietary assessment of core motivation that combines narrative and quantitative methodologies. Todd is a licensed psychologist in California, and teaches psychology at Biola University. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Biola University and a doctoral specialization in measurement and psychometrics from UCLA.