Michael Lee Stallard

Connection Culture

Boost Employee Engagement, Productivity and Innovation

Research shows that more than two-thirds of workers, on average, are not engaged in their work. This raises the question: What work environment helps everyone perform to the best of their ability and align their behavior with organizational goals? Sharing knowledge integrated from research in multiple fields, including neuroscience, organizational behavior, psychology, sociology, history and his firm`s proprietary research, Mr. Stallard describes the “Connection Culture” that every organization needs to thrive for sustained periods of time. During this session, you will learn: what motivates individuals to give their best efforts; three types of relational cultures; six human needs to thrive; five elements of a Connection Culture; and best practices of individuals who create Connection Cultures. Employees in an organization with a high degree of connection are more productive, more engaged, more collaborative, and less likely to leave. In fact, research demonstrates that there is a set of learnable leadership behaviors that can ignite the workforce so individuals do more than survive — they thrive.


Michael is the co-founder and president of E Pluribus Partners.   He is the author of Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity and Productivity and Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work,  a contributor to other books including What Managers Say, What Employees Hear: Connecting With Your Front Line (So They’ll Connect with Customers) and  The ASTD Management Development Handbook.

Michael has spoken at many organizations and conferences including the Association for Talent Development, Center for Creative Leadership, General Dynamics, General Electric, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, NASA, Northwestern University, TCU, The Conference Board, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Department of Treasury. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business and 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 Chief Marketing Officer for the private wealth management businesses of Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab. The programs identified and implemented by the team he assembled and led at Morgan Stanley contributed to doubling the business unit’s revenues over a two-and-a-half year period. The practices he and his team developed became the genesis for his approach to elevating the productivity and innovation of individuals and organizations. Earlier in his career, Michael worked in investment banking at Barclays de Zoete Wedd and marketing and finance at Texas Instruments. Michael’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Illinois State University, an M.B.A. from University of Texas Permian Basin, and a J.D. from DePaul University School of Law. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1991.  Michael is married to Katherine P. Stallard. They have two grown daughters.