To Avoid Micromanagement, Minimize Unnecessary Rules and Excessive Controls

Micromanaged employees like puppets on a string

Unnecessary rules and excessive controls devalue people by making them feel that they are not trusted or respected. A leader who micromanages his people will not engage or energize them.

Micromanaged employees are more likely to feel disconnected because it is a universal human need to have a reasonable degree of autonomy or freedom to do our work. When people have autonomy, they have a greater sense of control and experience personal growth as they develop new skills and expertise.

It was a pleasure speaking with Jim Blasingame, host of the Small Business Advocate program, about three common types of leaders: aggressive, passive, and assertive. Which type are you? Listen now to find out.

Date: July 1, 2016
Appearance: Interview With Jim Blasingame: What Type of Leader is Best?
Outlet: Small Business Advocate
Format: Radio

General George C. Marshall: Soldier of Peace

General George C. Marshall

George C. Marshall was one of the most extraordinary individuals to have lived during the twentieth century. Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in 1880 and trained at the Virginia Military Institute, Marshall was a career military man who will forever be remembered for his efforts to promote peace and bring about a strong connection between America and Western Europe.

How 3 Leadership Styles Contribute to or Undermine Your Success

Aggressive Businesswoman

Connection is a bond based on shared identity, empathy and understanding that moves individuals toward group-centered membership. It’s an essential attribute of successful teams, departments and organizations.

Groups with a high degree of connection have an assertive communication and leadership style. Being assertive means you speak and act in ways that reflect honesty and integrity, i.e. you say and do what you mean and don’t try to manipulate others by moving against them or moving away from them.

“ATD Podcast with Admiral Vern Clark”
by Association for Talent Development (ATD)

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ATD Podcast
May 31, 2016

It was a pleasure to interview Admiral Vern Clark, former Chief of Naval Operations in the U.S. Navy, about the approach he used to help the Navy achieve its goal of “winning the battle for people” and boosting retention rates. The interview is part 1 in a series of podcasts with Admiral Clark produced by the Association for Talent Development.

I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Todd Hall, chief scientist at E Pluribus Partners, will join me on July 12 for a webcast hosted by the Human Capital Institute. We’ll discuss why traditional approaches to employee engagement don’t work and what you can do instead to develop a culture that fosters high levels of engagement and connection.

Date: July 12, 2016
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
Event: Human Capital Institute Webcast Featuring Michael Stallard and Dr. Todd Hall
Topic: Connection Culture: A Proven Path to Boost Employee Engagement and Performance
Sponsor: Human Capital Institute (HCI)
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

When Employee Engagement Efforts Fall Short, Try These 4 Steps

Employee Engagement Efforts

Is your organization struggling to improve employee engagement? If so, you’re not alone. Some organizations have become so frustrated that their efforts are failing to produce results that they’ve given up entirely on engagement.

When it comes to employee engagement, programs won’t do it. Something more is required. That something is culture change. But mention “culture change” and people immediately think it will take forever to see a tangible difference. What can be done?

6 Actions Help ABC News Perform at the Top of Its Game

Photo of employees working at ABC News New York

ABC News does it right when it comes to workplace culture. Recently, I sat down with Zach Toback, Vice President, News and Non-Fiction Production & Studio Operation at ABC News in New York City and Ann Louden, Director of the TCU Center for Connection Culture. Ann and I wanted to learn how ABC News stays at the top of its game as a leader in an extremely competitive, demanding industry.

I’m looking forward giving a presentation at the upcoming ATD International Conference & Exposition. In it, I’ll talk about how the 3V leadership model helps organizations to create healthy, life-giving cultures that combat toxic stress and improve performance. If you are attending the conference, I hope that you will join me for this informative session.

Date: May 22, 2016
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Event: Presentation at ATD International Conference & Exposition
Topic: 3V Leadership Model: Developing a High-Performance, Life-Giving Culture
Sponsor: ATD
Venue: Colorado Convention Center
Location: 700 14th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.