Emotional intelligence can be life-changing, but is there a practical way to go from theory to action? Utilizing a new form of statistical analysis, Six Seconds created an artificial intelligence to find the answer. The new Neural Network report is out, and early adopters are finding the tool does a remarkable job “connecting the dots” for a personalized EQ path… something that might just help all of us.
What is the EQ Neural Net?
The Neural Net (NN) report applies artificial intelligence (AI) to the results of the Six Seconds’ Emotional Intelligence Assessment (SEI) to arrive at the best possible solution for a particular person to use their emotional intelligence.
Joshua Freedman, Six Seconds’ CEO, explains: “In the past, statistics looked at large groups, and we could say that for Mr. or Ms. Average, certain EQ competencies would be key. Now, the Neural Net looks at individual people and finds a path forward. Imagine a computer solving a complex maze — it tests all the different possible paths and suggests, ‘here’s an efficient way forward.'” But instead of a paper maze, the EQ Neural Net offers a path from a person’s current EQ scores toward increase effectiveness, wellbeing, quality of life, or relationships. Here’s a short video to further explain the neural net.
There is a sample of a simple Neural Net report to the right. It shows that for this person, based on his current EQ scores and demographics, if he wants to increase effectiveness, his most powerful path forward will be to leverage the three EQ competencies across the bottom of the page: Increase Empathy, Navigate Emotions, and Engage Intrinsic Motivation. Even more important, it offers personalized reflection questions and tips that will enable this person to apply the EQ competency to the goal, in this case, to increasing effectiveness).
Note: The sample Neural Net reports on this page are just samples – every person’s looks different, which is the power of this tool.
As Tomasso “Tom” Procicchiani wrote in a recent article about learning from the Neural Net, this personalized insight is a breakthrough. Tom, Six Seconds’ Design Engineer, noted that, “This model works on predictive statistics, not descriptive. It finds patterns the human mind would not catch. We’re all different, so this tool dives into this person’s profile and scores and comes up with a specific recipe for the specific person at this specific moment in time.”
While all the skills of emotional intelligence are important, people receiving assessment feedback can feel overwhelmed by too much data. Practitioners are finding that focusing on specific competencies for a specific goal makes the whole concept of emotional intelligence more practical. Kelli Schulte, a certified EQ Assessor, described how the Neural Net connects the dots: “Once I looked at this report, it all made more sense. I am working on empathy for self and life balance. It’s recognizing the small steps that are moving forward. Even enhancing emotional literacy. If I’m feeling like I’m failing, I can realize I am moving forward, but maybe not at the same pace.”
Understanding your EQ competencies is only the first step. The Neural Net report puts that EQ knowledge into action by focusing on desired outcomes. As Abdullah Veilu, an EQ practitioner in Tirana, pointed out, the Neural Net helps make it clear how EQ competencies can be directly connected to the outcomes, such as wellbeing. “Empathy is important for wellbeing. I learned a lot and will keep learning about that and about self-empathy. Pursuing noble goals is fuel forever, but if emotional literacy is not there, that is how you perceive your own or others’ emotions, that can impact effectiveness. Emotional literacy makes me feel more grounded and real. I’ve learned that when you speak openly, they can speak openly.”
Getting Better at Practicing Emotional Intelligence
As someone passionate about emotional intelligence or as a professional EQ assessor, it is vital to understand your own best path forward. The Neural Net report can provide stunning insight when used as a tool for self reflection. Lea Brovedani, an EQ practitioner and trust expert, described the powerful and revealing insights from looking at her own NN report: “Using this to figure out when I’m out of balance would be beneficial. One of the things I noticed is that people can recognize other’s empathy, but it’s harder to use it on themselves. Am I reacting and responding? There has been a lot of reacting since November, and it had an effect on how I was viewing the world and my noble goals.”
Jim Vaive told us that the new NN report is rapidly gaining a prominent place in the assessors’ toolkit because it takes the conversation further. He said, “We are pretty much using the Neural Net every time as a development tool for the people going deeper, we love it!”
Finding Direction for Emotional Intelligence
The NN report, through the power of artificial intelligence, can also reveal dimensions that may not be obvious. As Lynette Vaive, a certified coach and one of Six Seconds’ Regional Network Directors, commented, “Looking at the outcomes for one client on their empathy score, it takes the coaching in a direction I might not have gone otherwise.” Lynette’s experience is reflected by many of the early users of the tool: While we each develop expertise with a tool over time, the artificial intelligence offers a unique, unbiased perspective.
Jayne Morrison, Six Seconds’ Regional Network Director in MEAI, found that the tool sparks action. “You can literally send someone this sheet alone and give them some areas to work on.” Because the Neural Net is totally personalized, individuals quickly relate to the questions and tips. This is a key insight: It’s not enough to describe emotional intelligence or provide a diagnosis: People need to see how they, personally, can step forward.
Learn more about the artificial intelligence for emotional intelligence.
If you are an EQ professional or simply passionate about emotional intelligence and intrigued by the latest developments and how they could apply to your life, now is the time to explore Neural Net.
To learn more about Neural Net, please view this page about the Artificial Intelligence for Emotional Intelligence — or download the brochure.
To experience it yourself, click here to order the EQ assessment plus1-1 coaching session with a certified assessor — and receive your own Neural Net report.