“Connection Culture Discussion on TotalPicture Radio”
by Peter Clayton and Michael Stallard

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TotalPicture Radio
January 19, 2017

Employee engagement has been a glaring and expensive problem for years, costing companies billions of dollars in lost productivity and employee turnover. I discuss this and other workplace issues with Peter Clayton, host of the Leadership Channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio.

Last year when I was teaching a Connection Culture workshop in Amsterdam, Carmina Glazenborg from Bentley Systems in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, shared with the group her experience working as an intern at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Listen to Ms. Glazenborg’s story by clicking on the video above. (more…)

What Disengaged Employees Would Say to the Boss (If They Could Be Honest)

Disengaged employees explaining employee engagement to their boss

In 2016 you received the results of your company’s employee engagement survey. They were disappointing. In 2017 you need to understand why and make changes that will boost employee engagement.

Suppose you could hear the honest truth about what the people you are responsible for leading think you should do to engage them? Here’s what it would most likely sound like if communicated through a wise and capable spokesperson.

What Mayo Clinic Discovered About Burnout

Business Lunch to Stop Burnout

Could something as simple as regularly having a meal with colleagues to discuss work experience-related issues help reduce burnout? It seems too simple doesn’t it? Although several factors contribute to burnout, there is good reason to believe connection practices such as taking time to talk with others over lunch or dinner provides a measure of protection. It is certainly having that desired effect at Mayo Clinic.

3 Ways to Develop Winning Team Spirit

Jeff Webb of Varsity Brands

Photo of Jeff Webb courtesy of Varsity Brands

As football season begins, millions of fans are excited about cheering on their favorite high school, college or NFL teams. The best teams, those that are competitive over time, benefit from having a winning team spirit.

A winning team spirit is a mood that fills an individual or group with life. It brings about enthusiasm, energy and engagement, and helps the team perform at the top of its game. Therefore, every leader who aspires to lead his or her team to sustainable success – whether in the sports world or business world – must be able to create and maintain a winning team spirit.

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.

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.