EQ Business

Purpose and Motivation: Drive Video

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In the Six Seconds Model, the “capstone” is a competency we call “Pursue Noble Goals,” which enables you to connect with purpose in your daily life — to put your purpose into action. Daniel Pink’s video about his new book, DRIVE, provides a fun and clear way of talking about this essential topic: Two questions […]

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Performance, People, and Pressure: 2010 Workplace Issues

Note:  The 2012 Workplace Issues Report is online here. The 2010 Workplace Issues Report captures input from 279 leaders and employees from a variety of sectors around the globe.  They said… 65% of the pressing issues are on the people side, 35% on the financial/technical side (but in 2007 it was 76/24). Even in the […]

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Get Real – Managing Emotional Challenges

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Last week Emma was “fussing out” about a writing assignment.* So I said, “then don’t do it.” “But I H A A A A A V E to…” she moaned. I pointed out that she did not, in fact, have to: She had choice and each choice had consequences. She cried harder. Why? Emma was […]

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Valuing So-Called “soft” Skills and Principles

Posted here is a very interesting article about the country of Bhutan and ever-broadening world views of what constitutes success. The article discusses, among other things, GNH or Gross National Happiness. Here in the US, it seems we often assume that with ‘success’ will come happiness. I think most of us know that while some […]

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The Six Seconds EQ Model

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The Six Seconds model turns EQ theory into practice for your personal and professional life. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to blend thinking and feeling to make optimal decisions — which is key to having a successful relationship with yourself and others. To provide a practical and simple way to learn and practice emotional intelligence, Six Seconds developed a three-part model in 1997 as a process – an action plan for using emotional intelligence in daily life.

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Leaders Worth Following

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. A few years ago we enjoyed a business climate where companies flourished with little effort; stocks soared, cash was everywhere, and growth seemed automatic. Now we’re […]

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Connecting Across a Generation Gap

Talking to lovely grandparents, they were asking if I thought it strange how teens are so public, for example posting comments about crude behavior….  On the one hand I do find it strange.  Looking @ what videos are popular on myspace — why would someone post a video of drinking at a party… and why […]

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Emotion, Humanity, & Geopolitics

Just listened to a fab radio show from The Really Big Questions about emotion. talks about some of the science and implications for us individually and collectively. The just forgot to say, “and if you want to learn how to effectively use these incredible resources, contact Six Seconds” Definitely listen to this one and let […]

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Assent, Dissent, Descent

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Recently… I told Emma (8-year-old daughter) she needed to get dressed to go. Instant protest, heel-dragging, power struggle. Yet we were going to do something she wanted!  I observed a new cross-functional team starting up. The person assigned to schedule the first meeting asserted, “Since no one else wants to, I will chair the team.” […]

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“Pursuing” Noble Goals

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In the Six Seconds EQ Model, the “capstone” is a competency we call “Pursue Noble Goals.” Members of the Six Seconds’ team were discussing this last week, and reflecting that especially in “tough times” it’s easy to feel stuck and have a sense that the work you really want to do is occluded by the […]

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