About Our Book


What clients and admirers are saying about our book, Fired Up or Burned Out.

 

Today’s world revolves around knowledge workers.  Leaders can’t just tell them what to do – leaders have to engage them.  Michael shows us how! He provides great coaching on how to engage your workforce. 

Marshall Goldsmith, Executive Coach and Best-selling Author

 

This is a very big idea. While it's simple, it's not easy to do, but it's important. Hurry!

Seth Godin, Best-selling Author of Purple Cow, The Dip, Tribes and others 

 

“Must read: Michael Lee Stallard has written a manifesto called “The Connection Culture: A New Source of Competitive Advantage” that provides …great insights for…business owners seeking to create a competitive advantage.”

Guy Kawasaki, Venture Capitalist, Technology Marketing Guru and Bestselling Author

 

For those of us who write about business, every once in a while, a book or an article comes along that seems so simple on some levels yet communicates great wisdom. “The Connection Culture: A New 
Source of Competitive Advantage” is one such work. The author is Michael Lee Stallard. He describes his wife’s battle against cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute in New York, but the broader point he makes (and one that is often overlooked) is that people need to feel a sense of personal connection to what they’re doing in their jobs. Duh! you might say. But how many CEOs really understand this?

William J. Holstein, Award-Winning Journalist, The New York Times 

 

In our turbulent times, leaders who are searching for ways to develop the healthy work environment that releases the energy of their people, releases the human spirit, could not find more inspiring support than in this great new resource for leaders in all three sectors.  Fired Up or Burned Out will be the indispensable leadership guide for leaders everywhere.

Frances Hesselbein, Chairman, The Frances Hesselbein Institute 

 

I was fortunate to have worked for 23 years at one of the most successful financial services firms in the world.  The concepts in Fired Up or Burned Out reminded me of many of the reasons I think the firm was so consistently successful and why we enjoyed working there.  In particular, the pride people felt at being part of the organization gave meaning to their work.  In addition, because people always treated each other with respect there was a strong emotional commitment.  This is a valuable book with very enduring ideas that have proven to be important to success.



Joseph R. Zimmel, Former Partner and Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

 

Fired Up or Burned Out is a very important book that needs to be read by senior, and more importantly, junior business people in this country and throughout the world.

The reason I think this book is so impressive is that it demonstrates an historic and universal understanding of what really makes things work and what causes them to die.  Your references to so many historic, as well as contemporary people and events, weaving throughout all of the narrative the same themes, is extremely impressive and simply suggests that the more things change, the more they remain the same.

I am completely convinced that your basic precepts will stand the test of time for many centuries to come, indeed, probably forever.  The empowerment of the human spirit to act freely and to remove the limits of ones own imagination is what has created great societies, great corporations, and great cultures.  This book shows each of us how to do that.  

I plan to give it to everyone at my own firm, but also, to younger friends who show potential signs of leadership.  Fired Up or Burned Out is an enthralling and impressive statement of how to get people to feel at their best while doing their job.  The authors’ overview of historical illustrations makes the case completely compelling.  You all have done a great job of presenting a highly reachable and well-presented statement for us all to admire.

Russell S. Reynolds, Jr., Founder and former CEO, Russell Reynolds Associates, Chairman, 
The RSR Search Group

 

Fired Up or Burned Out is a must read for any leader or anyone aspiring to be in a leadership role.  Lessons drawn uniquely from acclaimed personalities of past become the foundation for strong leadership in tomorrow’s world.  There’s no other book like it.  

Richard Murphy, President, The Greenwich Leadership Forum 

 

Fired Up or Burned Out is a must read for anyone in a leadership role.  Leadership can seem so complex and oftentimes confusing when in fact following "core principles" and "basic needs" of every individual will always guide a leader to the truth!  E Pluribus Partners describes these principals and needs in an easy to remember model that should be displayed on every leader's desk.  The model is beautifully explained and wonderfully illustrated by examples of great leaders throughout history in every walk of life.

This is a must read for any leader or anyone aspiring to be in a leadership role.  Lessons drawn uniquely from acclaimed personalities of past become the foundation for strong leadership in tomorrow’s world.  There’s no other book like it.   

Keith A. Vanderveen, Midwest Regional President, Wells Fargo Securities

 

This book offers extremely practical advice about how leaders of any type of institution can create and maintain an environment and workplace atmosphere where participants become energized and fully engaged.  The "Connection Culture" explains how to motivate everyone to pull his/her own weight and work together to create a winning team.  It seems to me that America's great institutions, such as General Electric, the U.S. Marine Corps, the New York Yankees, the University of Notre Dame, Goldman Sachs, and Davis Polk have been Connection Cultures for a long time and that their "connection" has clearly contributed to their
consistent success over time.

Hank Higdon, Chairman, Higdon Partners LLC

An inspiring and valuable guide for CEOs, business leaders, line managers and those first venturing into the business world. The insights provided through relevant and thoughtful anecdotes of both successful leaders and associated organizations serve as a strategic aid to anyone in a leadership role looking to empower each and every employee.

Russ D. Gerson, Chief Executive Officer, The Gerson Group

 

Reading this book is like having a great conversation; new and interesting people join in along the way, adding their own personal and varied insights, and encouraging an increasingly smart and useful dialogue. Readers are compelled to emerge smarter, more thoughtful, and more energized and engaging with this book.

Regina Fazio Maruca, former Senior Editor, Harvard Business Review, Coauthor Your Leadership Legacy

 

Stallard's strategy gives business owners the tools to energize and strengthen their employees. Fired Up or Burned Out is a must-read for leaders who are looking for new ways to inspire spirit in the workplace.

Shep & Ian Murray, Co-Founders and CEOs of Vineyard Vines

 

Through fascinating stories, Fired Up or Burned Out convinced me of the power of connection, in life and in work. It helped me see what is missing in so many organizations. Just as important, I learned what to do about it. 

Marian Chapman Moore, Professor, Academic Director, Darden MBA for Executives, 
Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia

 

[In Fired Up or Burned Out] it's impossible not to find some example that will make you rethink your own approach to other people in your working life.

Michael Fitzgerald, writer, The New York Times, BNet, The Economist

 

One of things I’ve learned is that for employees to stage engaging experiences for a company’s customers, they have to be engaged themselves in that company and what it stands for…Michael Stallard will show you exactly how to ignite their passion.

B. Joseph Pine II, co-author of The Experience Economy and Authenticity

 

Michael Stallard's case for connection at work is confirmed by social psychological research on the human "need to belong."  People flourish--they get fired up rather than burned out---when connected in close, supportive, enduring relationships. 

David G. Myers, Hope College, author The American Paradox