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August 23, 2016 Chris Steer

It's Not About The Podium

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

VISION: The Only Step That Matters in Attracting Top Talent

 

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

I Love HR!

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

August 9, 2016 Alexandra Wieland

What do you mean by that?

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

Make Mindfulness Part of Your Routine

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 Death of the Traditional Out of Office

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 do candidates have such a sweet set-up in 2016?

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

Three Tips to Professionally Decline A Job Offer

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

I'm Selfish - You Should Be, Too

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

3 Ways to Communicate Out of Email

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

Will You SHIFT or Will You Miss?

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

July 7, 2016 Ellen Lovelidge

Visual communication is the key to learning

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

Let’s be “resolutionaries”

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

How do you grow your Emotional Quotient (EQ)?

 

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

Avoiding Leadership Blind Spots

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 to provide constructive feedback after an interview

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

Uncover 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 best way to ACTUALLY get your resume 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

Community impact isn’t just important for your employees

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

Brain of clay

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

Self-reflection: be your own solution

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

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...

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