Revealing Hidden Motivations with Dr. Ben Michaelis, Ph.D

Equalman sits down with Dr. Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. to discuss the hidden motivations and psychology of the human mind.

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D., is an executive coach, clinical psychologist, and author with expertise in evolutionary psychology and the hidden motivations of human beings. His academic training, clinical experience, and natural ability to rapidly identify the primary drivers of behavior allow him to provide clients with direct, meaningful insights that can transform individuals and organizations.

Ben has worked with high-performing individuals and teams in entertainment, technology, finance, law, and politics. He believes that becoming a true, impactful leader is earned through service to others.

Currently, Ben is the CEO and Co-Managing Partner at the He works intimately with clients to create and cultivate a healthy corporate culture and positive change. Outside of the, Ben works with select individual clients and supports other organizations in the mental health space.

Ben graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University (Columbia College) with a B.A. in Psychology He holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Clinical Psychology. Ben is based in New York City and enjoys spending his time with his family. He is passionate about nature and his dog, Obi.

5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind the Harry Potter series.

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Revealing Hidden Motivations with Dr. Ben Michaelis, Ph.D

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What do you see in the virtual versus hybrid versus working all in person five days a week old school?
“I mean, it sounds like we’re seeing a lot of similar things, right? Like, the thing about virtual is we’ve looked, we’ve learned we can do business this way. There’s no question that we have learned things about it. What the challenge is, is that we don’t do relationships well this way. And business is fundamentally about relationships, whether it’s relationships with your clients relationships with your team, and the nature of Zoom or tea or teams or any of this stuff is it lends itself to kind of more transactional relationships and transactional relationships are you know, you can again, you can exchange things you can exchange information, you can exchange dollars, money, but the best relationships are not transactional. They’re they’re really about getting to know the person and the medium doesn’t lend itself to that. And so one of the reasons we’ve been so busy with a lot of these, either fully remote companies or companies that are hybrid is that we take bring the teams together and try to help them stitch their relationships together in a limited period of time, which is critical for their businesses.

The answer is hybrid. There’s, there’s no question like, I mean, if we can do if everyone can be together, that’s the best of all worlds. But the reality is that we’ve gotten used to doing something different. And we realize it’s actually more efficient for certain types of work to be on your own to not you don’t have to be in the office. But to not be in the office at all is a disaster. So I can say that very clearly that hybrid is as much in-person time as is realistic for your particular culture is the answer.”

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Often called a Digital Dale Carnegie and The Tony Robbins of Tech, Erik Qualman is a #1 Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker that has spoken in 49 countries.

His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. Qualman is a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT's edX labs.

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