Why Relational Connection Is So Important During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Connection during social distancing represented by two people in separate kayaks

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the need for social distancing, quarantine and isolation so that vulnerable individuals are not exposed to the virus and healthcare systems are not overwhelmed. Collectively, we understand the goodness of “flattening the curve” by each of us doing our part to slow the spread of the virus. COVID-19 is not the only epidemic we are facing. 

“Michael Stallard Interviews with Pat Farnack on Ways to Connect”
by WCBS Newsradio 880

Health & Wellbeing with Pat Farnack

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Pat Farnack, longtime radio host on WCBS Newsradio 880 in New York City. In our conversation, we talked about the toll that lack of connection takes on our lives, why it is important to slow down and connect, and practical ways to increase connection at home and at work.

Listen to the full interview below.

Boost Connectedness to Reverse Rise of Suicides in America

Stressed man at risk of suicide siting at desk

With the exception of America, suicide rates over recent decades have declined in most of the world. Suicides in the U.S. have risen more than 50% from 2005 to 2017 and now exceed deaths by motor vehicle incidents. In 2017, the most recent year data is available, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported 10.6 million people seriously considered suicide, 1.4 million attempted suicide and 47,000 committed suicide.

Is There a Place for Love in Leadership?

The Container Store's We Love Our Employees Day in 2014

“A company is stronger if bound by love than by fear,” the late Herb Kelleher, co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Southwest Airlines, once said. When Kip Tindell, retired co-founder and Chairman of The Container Store, first heard Kelleher’s bold declaration more than 40 years ago he was, in his own words, “completely taken by it.” In Tindell’s book, Uncontainable, he describes how he and his leadership team went on to shape The Container Store’s “employee first” culture in ways that reflect love. He credits the company’s culture for its success.    

The #1 Obstacle to Great Workplace Culture

Game piece breaking through blocks that spell blockade as a symbol of overcoming obstacles

“The level of toxicity in the workplace is at an all-time high,” warns Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”). Taylor’s organization recently set up a pop-up coffee house in the middle of the Oculus at the World Trade Center complex in New York City to bring attention to the issue and its new report titled “The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture: How Culture Impacts the Workforce—and The Bottom Line.”

Loneliness: An Increasingly Recognized Health Problem

Article Published by SmartBrief

Isolated businessman who is suffering from burnout

Loneliness is a growing problem in U.S. society, but fortunately it is one that is beginning to receive the attention that it deserves. I had the privilege of contributing comments to a recent article published by SmartBrief, which explored the impact of loneliness and how organizations can address it.

Read the full article and consider what steps you can take to address the problem of loneliness in your community.

Bringing Connection to School

Teacher in front of classroom of students

It’s back-to-school time across the U.S. A new school year brings with it hope and excitement as well as its share of nervousness and concern. A student might wonder if she will fit in with her classmates or if he will be able to keep up with the academic load. A teacher might wonder if he will be able to engage all of his students or if she can handle the demanding workload.

Why the Health of Your Doctor Matters

Doctor holding equipment

By Michael Lee Stallard and Katharine P. Stallard

It is customary for your doctor to ask you how you are doing when he or she enters the exam room. We’ve come to expect it. Typically, it is the opening question in a conversation to assess how you are really doing. But how often do you ask your doctor the same question?

Don’t Miss This Powerful “Training Magazine” Article & Webinar

How to Cultivate the Best Culture--and Train for It

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I had the privilege of contributing an article to this month’s issue of Training magazine. The article explains how organizations can train managers to create the best workplace cultures. These cultures boost human connection and maximize employee engagement, quality of decision making, productivity and innovation.