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Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team's Passion, Creativity, and Productivity
Michael L. Stallard with Carolyn Dewing-Hommes and Jason Pankau

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Format: Papaerback, 256pp.
ISBN: 9781595552815
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: March 15, 2009

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Research by the Gallup Organization suggests that fewer than three out of ten Americans are engaged in their jobs. Imagine the wasted human potential! In economic terms, disengaged workers cost our economy $250-$300 billion every year--and that's a conservative estimate. Motivational speeches and incentive programs can produce a short burst of enthusiasm or a spike in productivity. But a flameout almost always follows, then a return to the sorry status quo.

What makes organizations thrive over the long term? What makes people perform to the best of their abilities--not just for a burst of productivity, but over the course of a career? As Michael Lee Stallard shows, it all comes down to creating an environment where people feel connected to one another, to their work, and to the larger mission of the organization.

Michael Lee Stallard shows the three keys that can empower a leader to transform even a lethargic, disconnected organization into an impassioned, innovative, and thriving workplace. Practical and inspiring, Fired Up or Burned Out just might launch the revolution that corporate America needs. Starting with you.


"An enthralling and impressive work. It shows how to empower people and create great societies, corporations and cultures. I'm giving it to everyone at my own firm."
—Russell Reynolds, Jr., Founder and Former CEO, Russell Reynolds Associates; Chairman, The Directorship Search Group

"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 a more inspiring support than this great new resource for leaders in the corporate, government and social sectors. Fired Up or Burned Out will be the indispensable leadership guide for leaders everywhere."
—Frances Hesselbein, Chairman and Founding President, The Peter Drucker Foundation (Renamed the Leader to Leader Institute)

"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

"A fabulous book, a must read!"
—Jack Mitchell, Chairman and CEO of Mitchells/Richards/Marshs, Author of Hug Your Customers: The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results

"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

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Michael Lee Stallard is founder and president of E Pluribus Partners, a think tank and consulting firm helping organizations increase employee and customer engagement. As former chief marketing officer for businesses at Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab, he was a thought leader on the topic of engaging people on the front lines of business. Carolyn Dewing-Hommes, co-founder and partner at E Pluribus Partners, spent 15 years at Citibank where she worked on a global task force identifying companies worldwide whose practices successfully engaged their employees. Jason Pankau, co-founder and partner at E Pluribus Partners, is president of Life Spring Network, an organization helping people realize life's potential. He serves as a consultant and life coach to many corporate executives and pastors.

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