Joe Mechlinski

“20+ years of life and business experience taught Joe one lesson: it’s time to question everything and wake-up! No one knows you better than you. No one is here to save you. Your voice and vote matters. Use it. The time is now.”

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Shift the Work
Wall Street Journal Best Seller!






Barnes & Noble

70% of the American workforce is disengaged. With every tick of the clock, millions of people inch closer to their breaking points—a growing epidemic of apathy and anxiety in the workplace that is affecting life... read more

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Grow Regardless
New York Times Best Seller!






Barnes & Noble

Joe Mechlinski is a man with a mission: to help businesses grow regardless of their size, industry, economy, and despite the government. Growing up in inner-city Baltimore, Joe learned first-hand what it’s like to be undervalued and underserved... read more

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“Who Says”

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What People Say

  • “Shift The Work solves the riddle of the connection between engagement at work and engagement with life: If you don't have the first, you can't have the second. In this engaging, interactive work, Joe Mechlinski draws from his own impressive life experiences to show how to go all in in everything you do. This is an inspiring read.”

    Daniel H. Pink

    Author of WHEN and TO SELL IS HUMAN

  • “Joe is not new to the world of best selling books. His bluntness is clarity and should not be confused with the typical powerpoint business advice books. Behind his words is a compassion for allowing people to better themselves by an embrace of clarity of purpose. This is an excellent read.”

    Richard Saul Wurman

    Author and Creator of TED

  • “Shift the Work helps to answer the question, “Can you have it all?” In a brilliant and poignant way, Joe Mechlinski says you must have it all. The times we are in – with changing industries and changing environments – the constant must be our ability to have holistic adaption. Thank you, Joe for this imperative book.”

    Wes Moore

    Author of The Other Wes Moore and The Work

  • “I have been fortunate to have some wonderful and insightful mentors throughout my life… people who have challenged me, tested me, guided me and inspired me. In recent years, Joe has joined this group of trusted advisors. In addition to what others have provided, he has reminded me of the joy of being in the moment, of experiencing the journey in a more thoughtful and purposeful way. Shift the Work reminded me that vulnerability is a powerful force for creating trust and inspiring change in people and in organizations. It has moved me to be a better leader, follower, friend and sibling. Read this stuff. Because it matters. A lot!!”

    Patrick Murphy

    Late CEO, John Hancock Retirement Plan Services

Shift Happens Podcast

Joe Mechlinski talks productivity, politics, work-life balance, being human and everything in between with icons and influencers on the Shift Happens podcast.

May 13, 2020

How to Innovate & Evolve, Even in a Crisis with Ieasha Taitano & Jay Smith

Ieasha Taitano, Head of Innovation and Jay Smith, Chief Innovation Officer of Tracfone Wireless attribute much of their business success to their team innovation sector. As a company of 12,000 employees, they’ve created a dynamic and cooperative organization united around one vision and mission (not an easy task).

May 19, 2020

Diminishing the Digital Divide with Todd Marks

Todd Marks, CEO and Founder of Mindgrub Technologies recognizes that we are now in the era of modern business. Now, more than ever, it’s important for leaders to build and/or implement digital systems that contribute to a sustainable and agile organization.

April 27, 2020

Building a Better Baltimore with Mary Miller

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with 2020 Baltimore Mayoral candidate Mary Miller, who is looking to bring about the positive change residents seek, while ensuring it’s seamlessly executed, carefully measured, and designed to factor in genuine human connection.