Fired Up or Burned Out

Fired Up or Burned Out

Ignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity, and Productivity

In Fired Up or Burned Out, Stallard, Dewing-Hommes and Pankau show 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. Buy The Book!

About The Book

The greatest threat to the American economy.

Employee disengagement is a widespread malady in American organizations, causing the loss of billions of dollars, hours of dissatisfaction, and work lives lacking true value. Research shows that in the average organization 75 percent of employees are just showing up for the paycheck. They are not giving their best efforts or aligning their behavior with organizational goals.

What You Will Learn

  • Why both task and relationship excellence are essential
  • Beyond Maslow: the new science of employee engagement
  • Six universal human needs to thrive at work
  • Three elements of a culture that engages employees
  • Best practices of great leaders

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The Authors

Michael Lee Stallard

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Co-Founder and President, E Plurbus Partners

Michael Lee Stallard is a leading authority on leadership, employee engagement and customer engagement. He is the co-founder, president and CEO of E Pluribus Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in helping leaders motivate employees and create cultures that boost productivity and innovation. Michael speaks and teaches at a wide variety of organizations including General Electric, Google, the U.S. Treasury Department, Johnson & Johnson, Scotiabank, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center, NASA and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Michael is the primary author of the book Fired Up or Burned Out and a contributor to the book What Managers Say, What Employees Hear: Connecting With Your Front Line (So They’ll Connect with Customers). Fired Up or Burned Out has been widely praised by well-respected leaders and thought leaders. Russell Reynolds, Jr., founder and former CEO of Russell Reynolds Associates wrote, "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." Frances Hesselbein, Chairman of the Leader to Leader Institute, described the book as "the indispensable leadership guide for leaders everywhere." Michael Fitzgerald of The New York Times wrote on BNet, “Stallard's book helps...It's impossible not to find some example that will make you rethink your own approach to other people in your working life." The book has also been praised by Marshall Goldsmith, Guy Kawasaki and Ret. CNO Admiral Vern Clark, the former chief of the U.S. Navy.

Michael’s work has been featured in the media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Leader to Leader Journal, Human Resource Executive, Leadership Excellence, Developing HR Leadership Journal (UK), Rotman (Canada), The Economic Times (India), Shukan Diayamondo (Japan), Capital (Dubai), and Fox Business Now. He has spoken at conferences organized by Fortune magazine, The World Presidents’ Organization, the American Bankers Association, The Conference Board, the Human Capital Institute and the Corporate Executive Board. He is a guest lecturer on leadership and employee engagement at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business.

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 2.5 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 as an executive in marketing and finance at Texas Instruments and investment banking, business development and marketing positions at Van Kampen Investments and Barclays de Zoete Wedd. Michael’s educational background includes a bachelors degree from Illinois State University, an M.B.A. from University of Texas Permian Basin, and a J.D. from DePaul University Law School. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1991. Michael is married and has two daughters.

Additional information about Michael can be found at www.epluribuspartners.com (company website) and www.michaelleestallard.com

Carolyn Dewing-Hommes

Carolyn Dewing-Hommes

Co-founder and Partner

Carolyn Dewing-Hommes, cofounder and partner at E Pluribus Partners, spent fifteen years at Citibank working in New York City, Sao Paulo, London, and Hong Kong. She was selected to lead a global team, reporting to Citibank’s CEO, which identified the best practices of companies worldwide that successfully engaged their employees, specifically in the area of work/life balance. Carolyn’s industry experience comes out of corporate and private banking where she managed significant client relationships in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Carolyn received a B.A. in political science and languages from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in economics and international affairs from Columbia University.

Jason Pankau

Jason Pankau

Co-founder and Partner

Jason Pankau is leading authority on leadership, employee engagement and customer engagement. He is a cofounder and partner at E Pluribus Partners. Jason is also the president of Life Spring Network, a Christian ministry. He serves as a consultant and life coach to many corporate executives and ministers.

Jason is a co-author of the book Fired Up or Burned Out and a contributor to the book What Managers Say, What Employees Hear: Connecting With Your Front Line (So They’ll Connect with Customers). Fired Up or Burned Out has been widely praised by well-respected leaders and thought leaders. Russell Reynolds, Jr., founder and former CEO of Russell Reynolds Associates wrote, "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." Frances Hesselbein, Chairman of the Leader to Leader Institute, described the book as "the indispensable leadership guide for leaders everywhere." Michael Fitzgerald, The New York Time’s columnist, wrote on BNet, “The soft stuff counts and [this] book helps...It's impossible not to find some example that will make you rethink your own approach to other people in your working life." Jason's work has also been featured in Leader to Leader and Leadership Excellence.

Jason earned a B.S. from Brown University in business economics and organizational behavior/ management. He was captain and pre-season All-American linebacker in football, school record holder in discus, and national qualifier in track while at Brown. Jason earned a Masters of Divinity from Southern Theological Seminary and is currently finishing a Doctorate in Leadership. Jason is married and has two daughters and two sons.

Additional information about Jason can be found at www.lifespringnetwork.org (ministry website).

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Praise & Press

"Will show you exactly how to ignite [employees’] passion"

"One of the 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. Read Fired Up or Burned Out and Michael Stallard will show you exactly how to ignite their passion by connecting them to your purpose."

B. Joseph Pine II
Co-author, The Experience Economy, and co-founder, Strategic Horizons LLP
"There’s no other book like it"

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

Richard Murphy
Founder and Former CEO, ODI International
"Clearly outlines how executives can focus their energies"

"The greatest assets in an organization are the employees, and engaging them is the most direct way to improve your business. Fired Up or Burned Out clearly outlines how executives can focus their energies, not only to improve their individual leadership abilities, but also to add to the effectiveness of the entire team in achieving the organization’s goals."

E. Pendleton James
Chairman, Pendleton James Associates
Former Assistant to President Reagan for Presidential Personnel
"Convinced me of the power of connection"

"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
“The indispensable leadership guide for leaders everywhere”

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 Leader to Leader Institute
"I’m giving it to everyone at my own firm."

"I am completely convinced the basic precepts in Fired Up or Burned Out will stand the test of time.  It’s an important book that needs to be read by business people in this country and throughout the world.  The book demonstrates an historic and universal understanding of what really makes things work and what causes them to die. I’m giving it to everyone at my own firm.

Russell S. Reynolds, Jr.
Founder and former CEO, Russell Reynolds Associates, Chairman, The RSR Search Group
"Provides great coaching on how to engage your workforce."

"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
"A valuable book with very enduring ideas that have proven to be important to success."

"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. 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.

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