Connection Culture: How to Achieve Sustainable Superior Performance

performance-key-on keyboard-Michael StallardTwo-thirds of Americans, on average, are not engaged in their work and 18 percent of the disengaged work against their organizations’ interests.  For many this raises the question:  What work environment enables everyone to perform to the best of their abilities and align their behavior with organizational goals?  

Sharing knowledge integrated from research in multiple fields, including organizational behavior, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and history, Michael Stallard describes in this Master Class the “Connection Culture” that every organization needs to thrive for sustained periods of time. You will learn:

  • What motivates individuals to give their best efforts
  • The six human needs to thrive
  • Three types of relational subcultures in organization
  • The five elements of a Connection Culture
  • Best practices of individuals who create Connection Cultures

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.  Michael makes the case that connection is a necessity to any organization that aspires to achieve sustainable superior performance.

Here’s what some attendees of the live event had to say:

  • “Culture is very important but Connected Culture (new term for us) is even more important.”
  • “Anyone who leads anyone (and that’s most of us in some capacity) needs this presentation. A lot of people have such insecurity that they tend to believe in “authority” and “control” like rewards that come with organizational rank. They need to know what elevated rank really requires and how to really succeed, and it is by engaging others… not controlling them.”
  • “This is a topic that may be used personally and/or professionally, and is such a vital part of life.”
  • “Great data. Gave me the ability to make a ‘soft’ subject more specific and tie organizational connection to bottom line results.”
  • “This was my first webinar from ExecuNet.  You have hit it out of the park.”


Michael Lee Stallard

Michael Lee Stallard

Michael Stallard is the president of E Pluribus Partners and co-founder of He speaks, teaches, coaches and consults with leaders to help them create workplace cultures that improve productivity, innovation and results.

Michael speaks and teaches at a wide variety of organizations including General Electric, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, NASA, Qualcomm, the U.S. Department of Treasury and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Texas Christian University established the TCU Center for Connection Culture based on Michael’s work.

Michael is the primary author of 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. His work has been featured in media worldwide and he is a regular contributor to several publications including and SmartBrief.

Michael has spoken at numerous conferences. He is a guest lecturer on leadership, organizational culture and employee engagement at several universities and institutes. He is a faculty member of the Institute for Management Studies and Executive Development Partners.

Prior to founding E Pluribus Partners, Michael was chief marketing officer for the private wealth management businesses at Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab. Earlier in his career, Michael worked as an executive at Texas Instruments, Van Kampen Merritt and Barclays PLC.

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