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Michael Lee Stallard’s Five Essential Books for Employee Engagement

MichaelLeeStallardMichael Lee Stallard is a leading expert on what rational and emotional connections increase employee engagement and strategic alignment to boost productivity, innovation and organizational performance. I urge you to check out his blog, which has been recognized as one of the top blogs on leadership. (The link is below.) Michael has been recognized at a top online influencer on leadership. I’m very happy to have him as my guest blogger today, sharing his five essential books for employee engagement.

Book 1: Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
by Parker Palmer
This masterpiece brilliantly and beautifully describes Parker Palmer’s journey to find his inner voice of vocation. It touches on all three elements of a connection culture: inspiring identity, human value and knowledge flow.

Book 2: Identity is Destiny: Leadership and the Roots of Value Creation
by Larry Ackerman
Ackerman’s insightful book is my favorite on the power of an organization’s identity. He’s a thought leader to keep your eye on.

Book 3: Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank
by Robert Fuller
Fuller’s ground-breaking book shows how people are devalued in the cultures of modern organizations. It reflects the second element of a connection culture which we refer to as “human value.”

Book 4: Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection
by John Cacioppo
This excellent book describes scientific research results on the effects of connection and its opposite i.e feeling unsupported, left out or lonely. Two-thirds of American workers today (87 percent globally) report feeling unsupported, left out or lonely so this is very relevant.

Book 5: Connect: 12 Vital Ties That Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Life, and Deepen Your Soul
by Edward Hallowell, M.D.
Ned Hallowell’s brilliant book blends his powerful personal story with research and insights from his work as a psychiatrist and one time instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. It had a profound impact on me both personally and professionally.

About Michael Lee Stallard

Michael Lee Stallard is president of E Pluribus Partners and a co-founder of He speaks, teaches and consults with leaders to help them develop connection cultures that maximize productivity, innovation and performance. Michael’s latest book is “Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work

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