Today, increasing human connection in organization cultures is getting more media attention. Julianne Holt-Lunstad and the insurance company Cigna have declared America and other democracies are facing an epidemic of loneliness. Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General, is calling for individuals and organizations to boost social connection to combat America’s loneliness epidemic, which is undermining individual wellness and wellbeing, and organizational productivity, innovation and performance.  Several books have come out that join the chorus.

More than a decade ago, Michael Stallard first called for organizations to boost human connection and create what he described as “Connection Cultures.” In his first book, Fired Up or Burned Out (Thomas Nelson, 2007), Michael wrote:

“The bottom line is that connection is a necessity to any organization that aspires to achieve sustainable superior performance. Organizations with people who report they are more connected and engaged are also better performers across the board in a variety of measures from customer satisfaction to profitability… An overwhelming amount of evidence points to the need to increase connection in our organizations.”

Since that time, Michael and his colleagues have worked with a wide variety of business, government, healthcare and education organizations to boost connections in their culture. They share best practice attitudes, language and behavior to create cultures of connection that have propelled the success of teams and organizations including the Lin-Manuel Miranda and the team that developed the musical Hamilton, Costco, the U.S. Navy and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

About Michael Lee Stallard

Michael is an author, thought leader, speaker and a widely recognized expert on how effective leaders boost human connection in cultures to improve the health and performance of individuals and organizations.   He is the 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 Productivityand a contributor to other books.

Articles by or about Michael’s work have been in the media worldwide including The Financial TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Leader to Leader, Entrepreneur.comForbes.com, FastCompany.com, HR Magazine, Human Resource Executive, Talent Management, SmartBriefRotman (Canada), Shukan Diayamondo (Japan), Developing HR Strategy (UK), The Economic Times (India), LiveMint (India), Outlook Business for Decision Makers (India), Smart Manager (India), and Capital (Dubai).

Michael has spoken at many organizations and conferences including the Association for Talent Development, Center for Creative Leadership, Costco, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, General Dynamics, General Electric, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NASA, Northwestern Medicine, Qualcomm, Turner Construction, University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Department of Treasury. He is a faculty member at the Institute for Management Studies. Texas Christian University created the TCU Center for Connection Culture to advance Connection Culture at TCU and in higher education generally.

Prior to founding E Pluribus Partners, Michael was a managing director on Wall Street. Earlier in his career he worked in the technology sector. Michael is married to Katharine Stallard. They have two grown daughters.


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