Does your organization have the data capture and practices in place to develop engaged employees from the time they are recruited through onboarding and ongoing training? Has your organization identified “moments of truth” in the employee experience that make or break employee engagement?

At the ATD TalentNext Conference, I’ll share how to develop employee experience paths that address the needs and desires of different employee segments using frameworks and metrics used by marketing professionals.

Register for the conference today and save 30% with the code TALENTNEXT30.

Date: November 8, 2017
Time: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Event: Presentation at ATD TalentNext Conference
Topic: Developing Engaged Employees
Sponsor: Association for Talent Development (ATD)
Venue: West Palm Beach Hilton
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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10 Practices to Create a Workplace That May Lengthen Your Life

Example of social integration - People Looking Choosing at Colleagues Photo

In my last article, I shared two TED Talks on connection.  In Susan Pinker’s TED Talk, she referenced the research of Julianne Holt-Lunstad which found that “social integration” provided a 91% increase in the odds of survival for individuals. But what is social integration and how can you encourage it in your own life?

Why Connection is a Matter of Life and Death

Two professionals connecting

This week I want to share two outstanding TED Talks with you that demonstrate how both quantitative and qualitative research are coming to the conclusion that human connection improves the quality and length of our lives.

I’d encourage you to watch the entire talks (by clicking on the subtitle). For those who don’t have time, a few highlights follow.

Many thanks to CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan for inviting me to participate in her podcast on the importance of culture in nonprofit organizations. Listen to our conversation and learn more about the benefits of connection.

Appearance: CausePlanet Podcast: Avoid Burnout by Getting Your People Connected
Outlet: CausePlanet
Format: Podcast

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Jim Blasingame, host of the The Small Business Advocate radio program, about the factors that have made Costco a great place to work. Listen to our conversation.

Date: August 22, 2017
Appearance: Interview with Jim Blasingame: What is Costco’s Secret to Being a Great Place to Work?
Outlet: The Small Business Advocate
Format: Radio

3 Factors That Make Costco America’s Best Employer

Costco Wholesale Location

Costco Wholesale moved in front of Google to earn the title of America’s best large employer this year. To determine America’s best employer each year, Statista and Forbes survey 30,000 workers at U.S. organizations, asking them questions about their work experience. Costco has consistently appeared in the top three. Clearly, Costco is doing something right.

Michael Stallard with Jim Sinegal, co-founder of Costco

It was an inspiring day today as I learned about Costco’s connection culture, gave a keynote speech to company managers, and met company co-founder Jim Sinegal.

Alan Mulally Endorses “Connection Culture”

Many thanks to Alan Mulally, retired CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and The Ford Motor Company, for his kind endorsement of our book “Connection Culture.”

Connection Culture really captures the why and how to mobilize an organization to work together toward a compelling vision. The insights about the unique contributions of the leader and the leadership team are especially useful.” – Alan Mulally

Learn more about the book.

I’m thrilled to be giving the keynote speech at Costco’s Annual International Managers Meeting. Approximately 1,300 Costco leaders will learn what makes a Connection Culture so powerful and how they can be intentional about preserving their organization’s unique culture.

Date: August 2, 2017
Event: Keynote Speech at Costco's Annual International Managers Meeting
Public: Private

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When Leaders Live the Vision

Vision Road Sign with dramatic blue sky and clouds.

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, a part of Northwestern Medicine, is an elite performing healthcare organization in terms of patient satisfaction, employee engagement and financial performance. Marianjoy is composed of a network of 500 inpatient medical acute/sub-acute beds and outpatient rehabilitation services delivering a full range of multispecialty services to adults and children in the greater Chicagoland area. More than 50,000 patients receive care within the Marianjoy service network annually.

Marianjoy is led by Kathleen Yosko, its president and CEO. A life-long learner, Ms. Yosko, in addition to being a nurse by background, has earned M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Ms. Yosko is a source of inspiration to the people she leads. She is an example of a leader who communicates an inspiring vision and lives it, as can be seen throughout her remarkable career.