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Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work

Connection Culture provides a new way of thinking about leadership based on the universal human need to feel connected to a group (which is in contrast to feeling unsupported, left out or lonely). The book describes a Connection Culture that helps people and organizations thrive verses “cultures of control” and “cultures of indifference” that drain the life out of people and sabotage organizational performance. Connection Culture includes inspiring stories of great leaders who created Connection Cultures, scientific evidence that people and organizations need Connection Cultures to thrive, and descriptions of ways to connect that include attitudes, uses of language and behaviors. Written for busy leaders with little time to waste, Connection Culture is concise, inspiring, and practical.

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“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
“A great leadership guide for leaders at every level.”

—Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO
The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute
“This is more than a great read; the Connection Culture strategy is a game changer for leaders.”

—Vernon Clark, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Former Chief of Naval Operations
“Every manager needs to read this book—it will foster healthier work environments and make my job a lot easier!”

—Ted George, M.D., Clinical Professor, George Washington School of Medicine, Senior Investigator, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Author, Untangling the Mind
“This deep exploration of connection culture explains the positive effects of using these skills and offers dozens of ways to get started on the journey.”

—James DaSilva, Senior Editor, SmartBrief on Leadership
“Don’t wait another moment. Get a copy of Connection Culture for yourself and your colleagues. They will thank you.”

—Tom Jansen, Team Leader, Strategy, Strategic Performance Office,
Boy Scouts of America
“The message of Connection Culture is profoundly personal yet ultimately universal. If you think you know what connection really means, you’ll come away with a whole new perspective once you have read this gracefully written book.”

—Bruce Rosenstein, Managing Editor, Leader to Leader, Author, Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way
“Leadership is about relationships. Connection Culture reveals the art and science of creating a culture that builds relationships and drives performance.”

—David Burkus, Author, The Myths of Creativity and Under New Management
“You must read this book. It’s vital to the success of our organizations, our communities, our families, and the human race.”

—Janis Apted Yadiny, MLS, Associate Vice President, Faculty and Academic Development, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

MEDIA PRAISE

“Practical suggestions for employers who want to change 
their organizational culture.”


—Financial Times
“[Stories] about the companies who have got it right…are memorable”

—Los Angeles Times
“A wonderful book…Connection Culture isn’t a very long or wordy book,
but it’s loaded with lessons.”


—Small Business Trends

About the Author

Michael Lee Stallard is an expert on leadership, team and organization culture, and employee engagement. He gives keynote speeches, leads workshops and consults for clients of Connection Culture Group (CCG).  He 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: Reignite Your Team's Passion, Creativity and Productivity.  Articles written by Michael or about his work have appeared in leadership periodicals worldwide. Texas Christian University established the TCU Center for Connection Culture based on Michael and his colleagues’ work. Prior to co-founding the Connection Culture Group, Michael was chief marketing officer for the businesses at Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab. He has degress in business and law and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1991. Michael is married and has two grown daughters.

Contributors

Jason Pankau is a cofounder and partner at E Pluribus Partners.  He speaks, teaches workshops, and serves as a consultant and coach to leaders at a wide variety of organizations.

Jason is a contributor to Connection Culture, Fired Up or Burned Out and What Managers Say, What Employees Hear. He has contributed articles to leadership publications including Leader to Leader and Leadership Excellence.  In addition to his work at E Pluribus Partners, Jason is president of Life Spring Network, a Christian ministry. Jason earned a B.S. from Brown University in business economics and organizational behavior/ management. He was captain and pre-season All-American linebacker in football, school record holder in discus, and national qualifier in track while at Brown. Jason earned a Masters of Divinity from Southern Theological Seminary.

Katharine P. Stallard is a partner at Connection Culture Group. She is a gifted connector, speaker, and teacher who brings diverse experience in marketing, administration, business, and non-profit organizations to her role. Katie has co-authored and contributed to articles appearing in publications including HR Magazine and Leader to Leader.  Audiences and workshop participants enjoy her sense of humor and practical advice. She has extensive experience helping and serving on the boards of social sector and education organizations. Katie graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois with a degree in business administration.