Six Seconds

The Six Seconds EQ Model


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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Emotional WHAT? Definitions and History of EQ

Updated Nov 15, 2009 Definitions and History of Emotional Intelligence It all began about 2,000 years ago when Plato wrote, “All learning has an emotional base.” Since then, scientists, educators, and philosophers have worked to prove or disprove the importance of feelings. Unfortunately, for a large part of those two millenia, common thought was, “Emotions […]

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Tom Peters – Leader as a Mensch

Congratulations to Bruna Martinuzzi – one of our network members and authors – mentioned in Tom Peters’ roundup of best links this week, and recently in Guy Kawasaki’s blog too!  Great recognition for this important work.  Here’s the nugget from Peters’ post (Facebook | Tom Peters: Link Roundup #11): “Out of possibly zillions, here’s a […]

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Adding up our lives

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In SEI Cert class today, Yoshimi said she really liked what I said about Pursue Noble Goals, so I’ll try to recreate it: Pursuing a Noble Goal isn’t about taking some “lofty” action in the future. It’s about understanding why we might do such a thing, then putting that “why” in action today in “everyday” […]

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Optimizing Manufacturing Reengineering with Emotional Intelligence

CIBA Specialty Chemical is engaged in a major change initiative — and using emotional intelligence to accelerate the process. The commitment to EQ assisted the CIBA team to achieve important business goals — for example, over two years, productivity increased by 18% while simultaneously reducing complaints by 73%.

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Q&A: Emotions – Heart, Mind, and Body

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Dear Josh, I’m a little confused with this issue, someone at my workshop asked me this question so need more explanation on this!  She said that: usually we use a hearts as an icon to express love and feelings and now you said feelings come from brain (amygdala) not heart? So please help me to […]

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New School Focuses on EQ for Kids with High IQ

Groundbreaking new school focuses on teaching emotional intelligence to gifted children in a small school environment, plugging hole for children whose needs cannot be met easily at traditional schools.

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EQ in Curaçao

I just arrived in Curacao – my first time here – lovely!  Tomorrow I start our “Breakthrough Leadership” program with a group of senior managers from a variety of companies (assisting them to apply emotional intelligence to their own leadership). One of my favorite aspects of traveling is learning about the different challenges and opportunities […]

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Why is emotional intelligence important for change?

I’d like to write several posts about this — about how EQ helps us plan for change, how it is key to our resiliency, and how it’s essential for leading change.  But for today I’ll focus on how this intelligence can give us insight, or understanding. Change is confusing.  While we’re fabulous at change, usually, […]

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EQ Leaders Maintaining a People-Centered Culture at Quad/Graphics

How does emotional intelligence development fit in a highly successful, fast-paced industrial/manufacturing business? Quad/Graphics is committed to maintaining their people-centered culture — so EQ is a vital asset for their leaders. Background Quad/Graphics ( is a highly innovative printing company; established in 1971 in Wisconsin, the company now has 12,000 employees. The mission is “We […]

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