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May 26, 2016 Abby Bradfield

Have You Connected Back to What Matters Most Today?

Where are we going? Why? How are we getting there? Are we there yet? These sound like questions your kids will ask on long road trips. They are also questions leaders need to address...

May 24, 2016 Joe Mechlinski

Honoring our teachers

Have you ever had a teacher or professor challenge you in such a way that it influenced the direction your life took?

May 19, 2016 Eric Stewart

To participate or not to participate… what your customers really want

There’s no debating it, customer experience and engagement are huge topics these days. Books upon books have been written on the subject, not to mention the thousands of articles that...

May 17, 2016 Ellen Lovelidge

How to improve workplace success through creativity

 

Is creativity something we find only in artists and musicians, or is it a trait we all share in various degrees? We are all born creative but our approaches differ as we grow older and...

May 13, 2016 Eric Stewart

What’s the “reason for which you wake up in the morning?”

It’s not an easy question to answer. In fact, it’s intended to really stretch your mind. To really cause deep, deep introspection into the circumstances of how you live your life. This...

May 5, 2016 Emily Plahanski

Get the job future YOU wants

 

If you want to make a change or spark growth, it must be a deliberate decision. All professional growth is deliberate. When it comes to advancing yourself at work, the typical approach...

May 3, 2016 Jessica Drew

How to grow your skills when between jobs

 

It will likely happen to us at some point in our professional career. Whether you’re laid off, had your position terminated, resigned, or you’re just in between jobs, a time will come...

April 28, 2016 Andrew Freedman

This work IS the work

70% of change initiatives fail to deliver the intended business impact.

70% of the workforce in the US is disengaged.

You’ve likely heard those statistics before, and that’s not where...

April 26, 2016 Whitney Sibol

Be Kind, Always – Impact from 3 Angles

You may read this title and think, “Well of course you should always be nice, kind, caring, or whatever, but we want to do a lot of things we don’t actually do.” But I suggest you put...

April 21, 2016 Eric Stewart

Managers might be screwed

Good managers are hard to come by. Great managers are as rare as gold. Which is why managers might be screwed.

People don’t find their managers and leaders as effective anymore. Most...

April 19, 2016 Jonna Faulise

Fight employee turnover with engagement

Hiring good employees is hard enough. Keeping them … well sometimes that can feel impossible if you’re excluding the one major component to retention. I’m talking about the power of...

April 12, 2016 Daley Navalkowsky

Interview your employees to make sure they stay

Our work environments are changing like never before. What was commonplace five years ago is already outdated and inefficient. The same is true for HR professionals. There is a very...

April 7, 2016 Jason Nemoy

The Y, a kids triathlon, and lasting community impact

Earlier this year, our very own Eric Stewart shared a blog about how the eQ team literally painted our goals and vision for 2016. It was a time for us to liberate our minds, stretch...

April 5, 2016 Ellen Lovelidge

How to create a learning culture

Technology is advancing at a record pace, so fast that most of us can’t keep up anymore. And with these advancements, the old ways of doing business are evolving with the times. The...

March 31, 2016 Jeff Lesher

The power of your words

There’s an amazing video (The Power of Words) that captures the impact we can create by being thoughtful about how we say, what we say. I’ve received many compliments from clients,...

March 29, 2016 Whitney Sibol

Gratefulness, the key to a more successful life

At eQ we talk often about mindset. An important component of mindset is gratefulness. When talking about being grateful, our mind typically jumps toward positive events - what is going...

March 24, 2016 Jonna Faulise

Why a proper onboarding is essential for success

At eQ, one of my passions is making sure each and every new employee has a proper onboarding and training. Generally, new hires will make the decision if a company is right for them...

March 22, 2016 Susie Landgren

The 4 must dos when searching for a new job

Let’s be honest – the act of job searching is exhausting. Words like “uncertainty,” “time-consuming,” “rejection,” and “fear” might come to mind for some when reflecting on the process...

March 17, 2016 Tara Fox

Millennial Reflections

MILLENNIALS. They’re all the buzz right now, and (as a millennial) why shouldn’t we be? We are the largest generation in the United States – making up 25% of the population. We’re into...

March 15, 2016 Andrew Freedman

How to have truly effective feedback

Feedback – across an organization, most people will agree it is critical to the individual, a team, and even company-wide performance improvement and growth.

So why is it then, most...

March 10, 2016 Abby Bradfield

6 Ways to Increase Workplace Collaboration and Liberate Your Teams from Silos

Why do silos exist within corporations? The metaphor itself conjures a tall vertical structure where something valuable is stored, much like information that is held closely in top-down...

March 8, 2016 Alexandra Wieland

Why culture is so effective

We are creatures of habit and we are infamous for perpetuating bad habits. Imagine how these common bad habits, when repeated; permeate the culture of our workplaces. Now think of the...

February 18, 2016 Eric Stewart

The M-Word

It bothers me. A lot. What seems like a coy label is wreaking havoc on our society. It’s subtle, but wow is it present. Although the word itself is damaging in its own right, it’s how...

February 16, 2016 Alexandra Wieland

How to grow a thriving workplace culture

Culture has a heartbeat – after all we are the ones who create it. And so often, we fall into one of two buckets – culture champions who beautifully live up to our charge of maintaining...

February 11, 2016 Misti Aaronson

Romancing your new talent

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and while many of you will be focusing on what to get your loved one, or where to book dinner reservations, it’s important you show a little...

February 9, 2016 Eric Stewart

An artistic vision for 2016 like you’ve never seen before

I’ve heard of writing down goals and visions before, I’ve even done it myself. But before recently, I’ve never painted them. Yes, painted. I painted a vision for 2016. It was part of an...

February 4, 2016 Jessica Drew

How to prepare for time away from work

Returning to work after an extended period away from the office is challenging, there’s no doubt about that. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about it. My recent leave from...

February 2, 2016 Eric Stewart

Your meetings feel ineffective because they are ineffective

“Please, for the love of humanity, not another pointless meeting.” At some point in the last 30-days you’ve uttered some form of those words. We all have. The statistics don’t lie.

...

January 28, 2016 Alexandra Wieland

What's your impact?

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January 26, 2016 Jeff Lesher

Oh, for God’s Sake! – Come to grips with the fact that it’s time to part ways

Over the years, I’ve worked hard to provide good counsel to a myriad of smart, talented, and successful leaders. One of the areas of greatest consternation we’ve encountered together is...

January 21, 2016 Eric Stewart

“Sorry Charlie, no golden ticket here.”

No matter what you think, and no matter how hard you wish it, no one is ever going to hand you the keys to your own chocolate factory.

Yeah, no duh.

January 19, 2016 Daley Navalkowsky

Are you ready for the talent hunt in 2016?

I just recently read an article that one of the top 5 things employers need to focus on in 2016 is candidate experience. No longer do employers have the upper hand in the recruitment...

January 14, 2016 Andrew Freedman

It’s time to stop being afraid of performance reviews

Like the cartoon, most people don’t look forward to performance reviews. In fact, in the hundreds of companies we’ve studied, and the thousands of employees we’ve surveyed and with whom...

January 12, 2016 Eric Stewart

How company culture translates to success

It’s 2016, so it’s pretty hard to plead ignorance to the importance of company culture at this point. Although, that’s exactly what a lot of companies still do today. They offer up...

January 7, 2016 Jeff Lesher

There are no short cuts or substitutes to success – DAMN!

We’re only days into the New Year, which means we’re only a few days away from Resolution Failure Day. Then, it’s on to the Regretful Tuesday, Shoulder Shrug Sunday, and back to the...

January 5, 2016 Alexandra Wieland

Go back to the basics when organizational change seems impossible

Have you ever called someone and your intent was to help but clearly they weren’t looking for it? The call is your check-in and it starts out like, “Hey. How are you? What’s new? Last...

December 28, 2015 eQ Team

Top 10 eQ staff picks of 2015

Every time we reach this point of the year it causes a lot of reflection. We ask ourselves: what did we love about the year we just completed and why? Was it a good year? What did we...

December 21, 2015 Eric Stewart

10 great reads to spend that holiday gift card on

I was able to read quite a few books this year, some good, and some bad. Believe it or not, it was one of the few New Years Resolutions from last year I remotely came close to sticking...

December 16, 2015 Eric Stewart

The ultimate growth strategy

Growth can be a little ambiguous these days, especially because it gets attached to all sorts of things: “personal growth,” “professional growth,” “mental growth,” physical growth,” …...

December 14, 2015 Jeff Lesher

You can screw up the coffee and STILL be a great place to work

The following blog was co-authored by eQ's Jeff Lesher and, the COO of Glassman Wealth, Gabe Muller 

December 9, 2015 Whitney Sibol

5 Ways to Build a Marathon Mindset

Life can feel like a perpetual marathon sometimes. We’re constantly on the move, constantly working and learning. Trying to balance your work life alone can be tricky, but throw your...

December 7, 2015 Chris Steer

Come together: Assets and Investors

The following blog post was co-authored by eQ's Chris Steer and Jeff Lesher

December 2, 2015 Andrew Freedman

What would make it worth it for you?

 

Great leaders know it isn’t about the answers they have, but rather the questions they ask.

Across the businesses with whom we’ve consulted, we’ve met some fantastic leaders, and we’ve...

November 30, 2015 Eric Stewart

4 reasons a company vision is more important than ever

With what many people are considering the death of traditional broadcast promotions and the rise of social sharing – your vision narrative is the absolute best way to self promote and...

November 25, 2015 Joe Mechlinski

How Grateful Are You This Year?

 

This week at eQ, as we quickly approach the holiday, gratefulness has been a buzz word – and there’s been a lot of talk around it. Now, with Thanksgiving only a day away, it seems...

November 23, 2015 Eric Stewart

6 companies that tell a remarkable story

Your company story is unique; it’s what separates you from the hundreds (maybe even thousands) of companies in your industry. But, telling a good story and having a good story are two...

November 18, 2015 Jeff Lesher

Where do goals come from? From the goal stork, of course!

I’ve been at this organizational performance thing for a while, and (as in everything) setting goals remains among the greatest struggles. Many companies and their leaders wrestle with...

November 16, 2015 Jeff Lesher

How eQ uses clarity to break the mold of your one-size-fits-all solution

 

The definition of definition

In our business, the essence of creating value for our clients resides within our ability to help them define what their purpose is (vision), how they...

November 11, 2015 Eric Stewart

Want to be successful? Avoid these 8 phrases at all costs

 

Of course you want to be successful. It is a common pursuit of pretty much everyone under the sun; but in your pursuit, you’re running a major risk of hurting your goals just by the...

November 9, 2015 Jeff Lesher

3 actions to implement to start getting more leadership traction

Actions speak louder than words, especially in a world where “do as I say, not as I do” is far too common. You’d think the preferable option would be obvious to anyone talented enough to...

November 4, 2015 Abby Bradfield

Customer experience - the one thing you absolutely can't forget

 

Many of the senior executives and business leaders I speak with are making the customer experience a major priority. It is no longer good enough to simply satisfy your customer’s...

November 2, 2015 Eric Stewart

Your story IS a story worth telling

 

Story has become too much of a corporate buzzword in recent years, but it doesn’t have to be, not if we look at story for what it really is. But, to really understand story, we have to...

October 28, 2015 Jason Nemoy

“NOW HIRING … Chief Culture Officer!” – do you have the right fit?

 

Yep … As an HR professional, this caught my attention too.

October 26, 2015 Daley Navalkowsky

10 reasons why talent acquisition beats recruiting every time

 

A year ago, I was a corporate recruiter for the global headquarters of a publicly traded company of 3,000 people. I got 3-5 calls or emails a day from third party recruiting agencies...

October 21, 2015 Alexandra Wieland

Do your inputs match your desired outputs?

 

Not too long ago, I was sitting in a strategy meeting with a client whose CEO is a big picture kind of thinker. He has to be in a position like his. In order for him to move the...

October 19, 2015 Jeff Lesher

What’s your leadership identity, and why it matters

Identity is in the news. Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal are just two examples of people choosing who they are. Our reactions to those choices vary. The direct impact their choices...

October 14, 2015 Eric Stewart

Stop wasting time by “shooting for the moon”

Besides the fact I can’t stand this cliché, it is naive, unrealistic, and absurd. It is an unreasonable notion of optimism and goal setting.

If you’re actually shooting for the moon you...

October 12, 2015 Jeff Lesher

The 4 DOs and DON’Ts of “winning” in business

I love sports. But what I don’t love is the use of sports as an analogy – or worse, as a metaphor – for business.

The reason is simple: in sports – and in most competition – the winner...

October 7, 2015 Kelsey Trundle

6 reasons why you might quit your job this year

People quit their jobs all the time. Even the talented, subject matter experts, and innately driven with an uncanny work ethic leave their jobs everyday. What’s the deal then? Money...

October 5, 2015 Daley Navalkowsky

What Terminator 2 can teach you about recruiting

For those who have seen Terminator 2, you can appreciate why the world in that movie was better off without Cyberdyne Systems.While technology has so much to offer in the world of...

September 30, 2015 Andrew Freedman

You can’t get there from here

You’ve likely heard this phrase before, and yet, it is interesting how many people still think and behave in a way that doesn’t serve their goals, aspirations, and intended impact.

September 28, 2015 Jeff Lesher

What team are you on? The Team of Me, the Team of Mine, or the Team of Us

Among the all time great organizational behavior books are Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team; and it’s companion field guide, Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team....

September 24, 2015 Jeff Lesher

Amazonian Pandemonium – why Amazon is doing it all wrong

 

By now, chances are you may have heard about The New York Times front page, Sunday edition exposé about what a horrible place to work Amazon can be. I love Amazon … or, I should say, I...

September 22, 2015 Joe Mechlinski

How do you create an award winning culture … the RIGHT way?

Above is a snapshot, from the Baltimore Business Journal BPTW survey, of how eQ's position on putting employees first stacks up against other organizations in Baltimore.

A...

September 17, 2015 Eric Stewart

3 common words killing your job search

There’s always quite a lot being said about the importance of body language in interviews and interactions with potential employers. Things like: match their body language, stand up...

September 15, 2015 Susie Landgren

5 quick ways to start your employee referral program

There are many tools out there to help to increase efficiency in a corporate recruiting department, but kick-ass employee referral programs are definitely at the top of my list. Prior to...

September 10, 2015 Eric Stewart

What Seth Godin forgot to mention in “3 things that make CEOs stupid”

There are plenty of things executives and leaders of all types can do that make them appear stupid – or actually be stupid. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t at one point...

September 8, 2015 Jeff Lesher

You need to take it personally, because it is

In life, when something happens to us, usually a not-so-good something, we’re often told: “Don’t take it personally.” What junk advice (in most cases). Of course, you should take it...

September 3, 2015 Eric Stewart

No one really wants to have a “good time”

It doesn’t get much more underwhelming than “good.”

“I had a good time.”

“Dinner was good.”

"It was a good movie.”

“You did a good job.”

“Good” is uninteresting, it is lifeless, but...

September 1, 2015 Jeff Lesher

“Everybody’s talkin’ at me, I don’t hear a word they’re sayin’…”

The late, great Harry Nilsson wrote that line to open his Grammy Award-winning song, “Everybody’s Talkin’” popularized in the Oscar-winning movie, Midnight Cowboy. I’m a sucker for a...

August 27, 2015 Susie Landgren

7 steps to landing a job right out of college

Graduating from college comes with a whole range of emotions. But let’s be honest, the idea of joining the real world can be downright frightening. After-all, your entire life leads up...

August 25, 2015 Jonna Faulise

The only trick you’ll ever need to crush an interview

Recently I revisited Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” video. If you have not watched this video, do yourself a favor and watch it!

Watching the video made me realize I ask candidates the...

August 20, 2015 Jeff Lesher

Can we do better, and should we?

Years ago, I was asked point blank by my boss’ boss’ boss if I thought we should fire my boss and hire someone else in his place.

August 18, 2015 Kelsey Trundle

The 3 most important drivers of a successful business relationship

“Til the wheels fall off,” is the cliché line that people in relationships quote to declare their dedication to the relationship. It’s one of hundreds of metaphors people use to describe...

August 13, 2015 Alexandra Wieland

What does your leadership legacy look like?

 

Maybe you’re like me?

Whether I’m at 1407 Fleet Street, driving, running errands, or trying to fall asleep at night - ultimately my mind turns to work. While thinking about projects,...

August 11, 2015 Jonna Faulise

3 easy ways to craft a more robust personal brand

This past week I was in the car on the way home from the gym when I realized I was following one of the gym’s personal trainers, who I have talked with a few different times. We were on...

August 6, 2015 Eric Stewart

3 success lessons you need to know from a failure like me

No word captures the essence of defeat like failure.

No one ever wants to think of themself as a failure, let alone admit publicly they are one …

No one except me.

August 4, 2015 Jeff Lesher

Are we meeting just to meet?

One of our values at eQ is to help our clients share information to better engage and enable their people to drive the performance of their organization. We call the construction of...

July 30, 2015 Eric Stewart

Are you suiting-up for success?

 

Picture the ideal businessman/woman.

We ALL know what they look like. We’ve been told what a “real” businessperson looks like since we were children. It’s ingrained into our cultural...

July 28, 2015 Jeff Lesher

Gals, Orientals, and the Stars and Bars: the damaging language ends with you!

The current spotlight shone on the Confederate Flag in the wake of the senseless, race-driven murders in Charleston, South Carolina, is one we would benefit from widening, just a bit, to...

July 23, 2015 Jessica Drew

Take the stress out of onboarding new employees with these 6 simple steps

Onboarding a new employee can be a challenge to plan, and can easily be overlooked. Research from Deloitte shows that, “4% of new employees leave a job after a disastrous first day and...

July 21, 2015 Susie Landgren

8 simple steps that guarantee a remarkable interview

In the modern and highly competitive, candidate-driven job market, it is more critical than ever for a company to evaluate and refine their interview process. This includes the...

July 16, 2015 Jeff Lesher

Apply these 4 lessons of fatherhood to your organization

My colleague, Emily Cosgrove, recently blogged about the value and impact of employee surveys – if you listen and you act on what you hear. A former colleague of mine, measurement guru...

July 14, 2015 Alexandra Wieland

What PR really stands for (it’s not what you think)

PR used to stand for public relations, but not anymore. Today it’s all about personal relationships. This is truly what business is all about. A recent Gallup article on building strong...

July 9, 2015 Emily Cosgrove

The truth about trust: Do people really trust you?

Trust is a complicated thing. It finds its way, both positively and negatively into just about every aspect of our lives – and yet, it’s often hard to identify or define. It’s more about...

July 7, 2015 Eric Stewart

50 is the new 20

That’s right “old-timers” … it’s your time to shine again. If you’re over the age of 50, you’ve likely reached a crossroad in your life. And I’m not talking about retirement. Believe it...

July 2, 2015 Kelsey Trundle

Do millennials find you attractive?

 

Law of Attraction According to the Huffington Post, by 2020, millennials will form 50 percent of the global workforce. At 77 million strong, millennials represent 24 percent of the...

June 30, 2015 Jessica Drew

4 things you can expect when working with a recruiter

 

It should come as no surprise, but many organizations are outsourcing recruiting needs to consulting firms and staffing agencies. With this growing trend, job seekers are now faced...

June 25, 2015 Emily Cosgrove

I’m about to save you $19.99 in only 2 minutes

 

Strategy is simply, simple.

We all hear and read about strategy every day, it’s the proverbial beating of the dead horse. So, what’s so new and different about what I’m about to tell...

June 23, 2015 Andrew Freedman

The New Fred Factor – 3 central elements to a better client experience

 

Because you are a member of the eQ community, I know how much you like to read/listen to great content and thought leaders – and you know it is at the core of what we do at eQ. You may...

June 18, 2015 Jeff Lesher

Why you need to stop being a leadership couch potato

I attended a seminar recently where the neurological and physiological challenges of behavioral change were being discussed when the following sentence was uttered: “What you know is...

June 16, 2015 Emily Cosgrove

You won’t believe the results when you give your employees a voice

 

At eQ, we begin most of our engagements with a study. Part of our study includes a Voice of the Employee Survey. The purpose of this is to better understand the business we will be...

June 11, 2015 Jeff Lesher

Are you kidding me?! Sanctioned segregation in the office is never a good idea

 

At this point in my career, I am not easily surprised. But, every once in a while I hear something that makes me say, “Are you kidding me?” I had one of these moments when reading a...

June 9, 2015 Jessica Drew

3 things you have to do before you track applicants

 

Tired of letting the best, and most talented, candidates slip through your search undetected? If you’re still employing traditional tactics to find the right candidates you’re likely...

June 4, 2015 Kelsey Trundle

Working hard, or hardly working?

 

Hopefully hardly working.

This may be easy for a lot of people to believe, but according to the Washington Post, only 13 percent of people worldwide actually like going to work. To...

June 2, 2015 Alexandra Wieland

More4Bmore: from incredible tragedy comes incredible opportunity

 

In the wake of the recent riots in Baltimore, I’m reminded of what makes me cling to the things that matter most. Loved ones, safety, traditions – specifically, the kind I participated...

May 28, 2015 Eric Stewart

“That’s not in my job description” – a global epidemic of disengagement

 

The business world’s single greatest cop out.

If you’ve ever said this before, it’s not your fault you’re skirting additional responsibilities. Our job descriptions and titles have...

May 26, 2015 Jeff Lesher

Making the choice to be MUCH more than “one level above crap”

The choices we make

I never cared for the band Rush. Maybe it was because they were the preferred band of a racist moron I had to work with at my first Radio Shack, but I think it was...

May 21, 2015 Jessica Drew

The "Rules" to Working with Recruiters: Part 2

 

Welcome back everyone. If you were a reader earlier this week, you’ll remember the topic of discussion is on the rules for working with recruiters written in the article 10 Rules For...

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