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January 11, 2017 Jeff Lesher

Five ways to be less stupid in 2017

Life would be great if all of us aspired to achieve some degree of doing more, being more, and giving more. I’m blessed to work among a group of clients and colleagues who work very hard...

December 14, 2016 Ellen Lovelidge

How to Create Rituals in the Workplace and Boost Performance

When making a list of all our favorite things about the holiday season, the main highlights are often our favorite rituals - ceremonial acts repeated in a set precise manner. Every year...

December 7, 2016 Jeff Lesher

Find Real Clarity: 4 Questions to Help You Become the Most Powerful Communicator You’ve Ever Been

When pursuing real change, people often ask us about what they can expect when they try. All the actions and emotions they’ll likely see in others and experience themselves on the road...

December 1, 2016 Andrew Freedman

3 Proven Ways to Achieve Peak Performance

I’m not easily intimidated, but as soon as class began, I knew I was dead meat.

November 21, 2016 Liz Eskenazi

How to Fearlessly Infuse Happiness Directly Into Your Bloodstream In the Next 3 Minutes

I didn’t know my 1-year-old son could speak foreign languages.

November 9, 2016 Eric Stewart

How to Push the RESET Button After Election Day

Well … it’s over. And just as President Obama predicted yesterday, the sun did rise today. We’re all still here. The United States is still alive and well, albeit clearly divided....

November 2, 2016 Whitney Sibol

How to Use 3 Backbone Pillars to Onboard Your Newest Warriors the Most Effectively During the First 90 Days

What is onboarding? And why should you place intentional focus here as a leader, for yourself, for your team, and for your new hires?

Onboarding, first and foremost, is different from...

October 27, 2016 Eric Stewart

How to “Decide What To Be And Go Be It” After the Election

The amount of discussion and debate around the upcoming election has been more extreme, more heated, and more divisive than any we have ever experienced. For many of us it feels like...

October 19, 2016 Jeff Lesher

How the High Holy Days Teach You 3 Surprising Gems About Leadership

Thanks, Mom! Every year, for the better part of 50 years, I take a small stab at being a good son by accompanying my Mom to High Holy Day services at our family’s synagogue. I’m not a...

October 13, 2016 Joe Mechlinski

1000 Words On How eQ is Inspiring Your Business to Grow Regardless

eQ’s mission is to shift workforce engagement from 70% disengaged to 70% engaged. Our work fosters a network of purpose-driven, like-minded people.

October 11, 2016 Joe Mechlinski

What We Learned from the Brightest Baltimore-area Entrepreneurs @ Beta City 2016

I know, I know – it’s been over a week since Beta City wowed our Baltimore community, and I’m still going on and on about it. But this event was worthy of the hype.

October 6, 2016 Andrew Freedman

How to Transform Your Sales Performance (Part 4 of 4)

In our last post of this series, we will focus on elements of sales strategy. Specifically, we will address: 

October 4, 2016 Andrew Freedman

How to Transform Your Sales Performance (Part 3 of 4)

Following the post on the structural elements in building a high performing sales organization, in this piece, we will take a closer look at sales operations. Specifically, we will...

September 29, 2016 Andrew Freedman

How to Transform Your Sales Performance (Part 2 of 4)

In the first part of this series, we discussed the overall approach and framework involved in building high performing sales organizations. Here, we begin breaking down the key elements...

September 27, 2016 Andrew Freedman

How to Transform Your Sales Performance (Part 1 of 4)

With the consistently changing business landscape – mergers, acquisitions, expansion, contraction, globalization, economic and regulatory pressures – organizational leaders need to...

September 22, 2016 Jeff Lesher

Are You Ready for the Uncomfortably “Hard” Truth About “Soft” Skills?

Wake me up when it’s 2016, and we have been graced with the long-overdue correction to the made up label of so-called “soft” skills with that of critical skills. Before you wake me,...

September 1, 2016 Andrew Freedman

How This One Weird Yoga Trick Guarantees You the Highest Performance Possible

I wouldn’t consider myself very proficient in my yoga practice.

August 23, 2016 Chris Steer

How to Win a Gold Medal By Not Wanting to Win a Gold Medal

Stunning. Inspiring. Historic. These are the terms I used to describe the performances of Usain Bolt, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel. As my kids (13, 11,...

August 18, 2016 Joe Mechlinski

Want to Attract Intrepid Talent? This is the Only Step That Matters.


In June, the Bureau of Labor reported an increase of 287,000 jobs! The job market is ROARING – and you should be answering the call by lining up your next 5 rock starts, all...

August 16, 2016 Joe Mechlinski

[VIDEO] What You Learn From Talking to a Roomful of 400 HR Titans

That’s right, I love the under-dog, the under-valued, the under-appreciated HR.

August 9, 2016 Alexandra Wieland

Do You Dare to Ask Precise Questions? This May Surprise You.

What do you mean by that? At some point we all have a need to clarify – how someone describes their experience, the expression on someone’s face, or a suggestion that is made. Regardless...

August 5, 2016 Stephanie Ranno

3 Tenacious Ways to Keep Making Time for Mindfulness

In May I attended a Mindful Parenting session at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders. The focus centered on how to approach stressful situations with...

August 2, 2016 Emily Plahanski

The Simplest, Biggest Missed Opportunity to Engage and Inspire Others While You're Sipping Margaritas

I’ve had some serious success having my prospects respond to my out of office. It’s so successful that I must share how I do it.

July 26, 2016 Daley Navalkowsky

Why Even the World's Most Courageous Employers are Scared Right Now

Life has been favoring job seekers for some time now.

There’s no doubt about that. But, 2016 is a little different … not in a bad way, no, in an ever better way for candidates. This...

July 21, 2016 Jessica Drew

3 Crucial Insider Tips to Declining a Job Offer Without Burning the Bridge

Accepting a job offer is easy. But turning down an offer in this competitive marketplace is a difficult task and requires sensitivity and thoughtfulness. You never know when you will...

July 19, 2016 Andrew Freedman

How to Get Addicted to Selfishness

I’m selfish. There ... I said it. You probably are, too, and you know what? It is ok. It really is.

July 14, 2016 Whitney Sibol

Sick of Email? Try Using These 3 Communication Tools, Instead (for Your Most Important Messages)

We are all connected, all the time – and I know for me, this makes it harder to not only be present and unplug when it makes sense, but also when communicating over email to be sure I am...

July 12, 2016 Eliza Graham

Why the Smartest Entrepreneurs Count How Many Marbles Are Left In Their Jar (To Help Them SHIFT)

Every smart entrepreneur knows that one of the most important ingredients of a good business plan is….

July 7, 2016 Ellen Lovelidge

How to Accelerate the Path to Prowess With Crayons and Doodles

How much content do you consume in one day? For those of us who are continuous learners, the majority of our time awake can be spent reading, watching, and listening as we gather...

July 5, 2016 Jeff Lesher

Why True "Resolutionaries" Never Ask Virginians to Change a Lightbulb

I’ve thought for a long time that, when it comes to high performing organizations, inertia is a dirty word. Commonly defined socially as the tendency to do nothing or to remain...

June 30, 2016 Whitney Sibol

3 Bravest Ways to Retool Yourself Into an Emotional Einstein


How do we define EQ, and why should we care about growing our own?

EQ is a measurement of an individual’s emotional intelligence. It has been described as the “something” in each of us...

June 28, 2016 Abby Bradfield

4 Ways to Avoid Getting "Gutted" By Your Gut Instinct

As a newly-appointed Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), I have been assigned by a judge to get to know and to advocate on behalf of the best interests of a child within the...

June 23, 2016 Ayosike Akingbade

How the Best Recruiters Firmly Help the Wrong Person to Get the Right Job

As a recruiter, I am passionate about helping candidates merge their talent and skills to find a fulfilling career path. Whether I am able to directly place the candidate with a client...

June 21, 2016 Jonna Faulise

Discover Your next Remarkable Employee with These 20 Interview Questions

Last week, Whitney Sibol wrote an exceptional article on the five characteristics that help make a remarkable employee. Not surprisingly, all of them had to do with the individual’s...

June 16, 2016 Whitney Sibol

What makes a remarkable employee?

First, how do we define remarkable? Remarkable is defined as notably or conspicuously unusual; extraordinary, worthy of notice or attention, or even exceptional, impressive, and...

June 14, 2016 Daley Navalkowsky

The 7 Grittiest Ways to Get Your Resume [Actually] Seen

Do you want a cheat sheet to help you get the attention of recruiters and hiring managers?

Some candidate pools may have twenty candidates, while some jobs have hundreds of applicants....

June 9, 2016 Kelly McDermott

Why Your Customers Desperately Need You to Bravely Start the First Ripple

Community involvement and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are the newest trends to rock the business world.

As millennials continue to make up a greater percentage of the...

June 7, 2016 Jeff Lesher

When to Throw Your Clients Asses Back in the Kiln and Fire That Sucker Back Up

The expression about one having “feet of clay” has two primary meanings: it can refer to a character flaw, usually in a person of some importance; or it is the realization that a person...

May 31, 2016 Jeff Lesher

The Single, Best Way to Keep A-Players On Your Team

The latest reboot of the Gallup insight that at least 50% of people who leave their jobs quit their managers comes from the voice of Travis Bradberry, an author and professional focused...

May 26, 2016 Abby Bradfield

The 3 Simplest Ways to Stay Connected With What Matters the 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

Why We Need Teachers to Dare Us Towards Greatness

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

The Only 4 Ways Your Customers Really Want You to Interrupt Them With "Engagement"

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

3 Ways to Transform Your Fear of Creativity Into Brash Confidence


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

How to Find Your 'Reason For Waking 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

The Simplest Way to Get the Job That "Future You" Secretly Craves


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

In-Between Jobs? How to Go from Doom and Gloom to Grow and Bloom


It will happen to you.

Whether you’re laid off, had your position terminated, resigned, or you’re just in between jobs, a time will come where you’re not in a job. Admittedly time...

April 28, 2016 Andrew Freedman

How to Pull Your Head out of the Sand Once and for All and Finally Make the Changes You Need

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

[VIDEO] Killer Kindness: 3 Ways to Transform Your Life With the Power of Tiny Actions

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

If You're a Manager, You're Already Screwed (Unless You Start Doing This Right Away)

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

The Easiest Way to Combat Disengagement

Hiring great employees is hard enough, but keeping them is impossible, unless they feel engaged.

April 12, 2016 Daley Navalkowsky

How to Boldly Interview Your Employees So They Stick Around as Long as Possible

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

This Most Important Lesson About Community Impact Can Be Learned from Kid Triathlons

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 the Ultimate Learning Culture to Unchain the Hidden Einsteins on Your Team

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

How to Use Mirrors and Curtains to Harness the [Hidden] Power of 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

3 Easiest Ways to Be More Grateful Starting Today

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

How to Create a Kickass Onboarding Process To Reveal Your Hidden Superheros

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

4 Must-Do's When Searching for Your Next Dream Job

Job searching is exhausting.

Words like “uncertainty,” “time-consuming,” “rejection,” and “fear” might come to mind for some when reflecting on the process as a whole. Some might...

March 17, 2016 Tara Fox

If You're a Millennial Who Thinks Millennials Will Save the World, Don't Read This

MILLENNIALS. They’re all the buzz right now, and (as a millennial) why shouldn’t we be?

We're the largest generation in the United States – making up 25% of the population. We’re into...

March 15, 2016 Andrew Freedman

How to Effectively Use [and Give] 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 Ignoring the Whole "Culture Thing" Will Now Officially Eat Your Company Alive (In a Bad Way)

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"—The [Biggest] Problem with Projected Narcissism

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

10 Most "Tried-and-True" Ways 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

How to Romance Your New Talent (Without Chocolates and Roses)

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

The Most Creative [Pluckiest] Way To Articulate Your Vision

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

4 Ways to Prepare for a Leave from Work So That You Don't Hate Your Life When You Get Back

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

This Is Why Your Meetings Feel Like a Massive Waste of Time (and How to Fix Them)

“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

Why If You're Not Making an Impact, We Don't Want to Be Friends Anymore


Oops, my eyes haven’t quite adjusted from the chair massage I just had.

January 26, 2016 Jeff Lesher

"Oh, for God's Sake!"—4 Critical Indicators to Help You Come to Grips with the Fact 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

Unhappy? Try This Gutsy Yet Simple Refocus

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

What to Do When You Finally Find the Candidate You've Been Searching For

One of the top 5 things employers must focus on in 2016 is candidate experience. 

Top candidates are tougher to hire than ever, as more and more companies are looking to grow....

January 14, 2016 Andrew Freedman

How to Stop Treating Performance Reviews Like Deadly Killing Machines

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

The Single Most Important Factor for Your Long-Term 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

When Life is an Illusion, Try This to Fight the [Damn] Shortcut Delusion

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

What to Bravely Do Next 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

The Top 10 Moments We Hope We Made You Think in 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 14, 2015 Jeff Lesher

Why this Gritty, World-Changing Company is Happy to "Screw Up Their Coffee"

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

December 2, 2015 Andrew Freedman

How to Ask Yourself "What Makes It Worth It for Me?"


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 Why You Must Create a Company Vision

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 to Stay Grateful Long After the Turkey Leftovers Are Gone [and a Quick Test to See How Grateful You Actually Are]


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

What These 6 Companies Teach You About Telling the Most Powerful Story Possible

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

How to Kill the Goal Stork, Vanquish Inconsistencies and Hold Yourself Accountable

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

The Single, Most Powerful Tactic eQ Uses 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

8 Pathetic Phrases the World's Most Intrepid Business People Have Forever Struck from their Vocabulary


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 every-day...

November 9, 2015 Jeff Lesher

3 Essential Actions to Finally Start Turning Leadership Traction Into Liftoff

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

The Single Most Important Thing Your Customer Is Wishing and Dreaming of Right Now


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

The 3 Easiest Ways to Make Your Storytelling Riveting


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!” —Are You the Right Fit?


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


How to Avoid the High Cost of the Bad Hire


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