Asia Pacific

apacWelcome to Six Seconds’ Asia Pacific (APAC) region!  Please see below for contacts in this region, plus upcoming events and recent articles.

APAC Contacts

sue-mcnamara150Sue McNamara, Regional Network Director, APAC.  An expert on integrating EQ into the fabric of organizations and communities, Sue supports rigorous, research-based implementation of EQ throughout Asia Pacific.
Email | LinkedIN | Full Bio


Yasuhiro Tanabe, Regional Network Director, Japan.  An experienced business leader, Tanabe brings over three decades of operational and consulting experience in Japan and the US to integrate the concepts of EQ into the Japanese context.
Email | Full Bio (English) |  日本語サイト  


natalie-roitman-tmbNatalie Roitman, Regional Network Director, China.  Natalie speaks English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Hebrew, and specializes in Cultural Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence and Strategic HR Management.
Email | LinkedIN | Full Bio (English)


dexter-valles-tmbDexter Valles, Regional Network Director, India.  Dexter is leading the campaign to create an emotionally intelligent India.
Email | Full Bio | LinkedIN

glenYoshie Katsumata

Executive Director of Marketing and Sales, Six Seconds Japan キャリア・コンサルティング技能士2級(国家資格)


glenKazunori Tonouchi

Director, Marketing and Sales, Six Seconds Japan


Wendy Wu

Founder, Six Seconds China: An experienced coach and author for Harvard Business Review and Fortune China, Wendy supports leaders to tap their full capacity and optimally manage talent.


Preferred Partners
in Asia

New Leaders – China – an HR consultancy supporting organizations to attract, select, develop, and optimize talent.

British Council (Singapore) Professional Development Centre  – experts in leadership, creativity, innovation, performance, customer service and communication.

EQ Edge – Malaysia – partnering with leaders to build customer-centered, thriving organizations that deliver their full potential.

PowerUp Success Group – Malaysia –  training & consulting to measure and multiply the “DNA” of performance.

CareerLink – Australia – consulting to develop highly effective teams and organizations.


Upcoming Events in APAC

Date / City Event
28 Oct 2015 - 29 Oct
Singapore Singapore
Vital Signs Consultant Certification

Vital Signs are statistically validated measures that capture key information about the people side of performance. Built on a model with solid business logic as well as sound science, the tools connect people’s perceptions and attitudes with hard business outcomes in an actionable, practical framework. ICF Accredited.

16 Nov 2015 - 20 Nov
Singapore Singapore
EQ Practitioner Certification: Building Capacity for Transformation with Emotional Intelligence

Increase your mastery of emotional intelligence in order to increase your own effectiveness and to support others to develop EQ using Six Seconds’ powerful methodology and model

19 Nov 2015
Singapore Singapore
EQ Network Meetup

Are you a “fan” of emotional intelligence, or curious about how the science of EQ fuels performance? Join this informal, free gathering of people interested in emotional intelligence and Six Seconds – The Emotional Intelligence Network.

Articles & Posts from APAC


Time for EQ in Singapore & Malaysia

By: Six Seconds on August 27, 2014 | 6 comments
Stress is going up in the world -- which makes emotional intelligence even more important!  Research shows that EQ skills are key to managing complexity. As complexity increases, we need to work harder and more directly to put EQ skills into place. What about in business, education, family & government in Singapore and Malaysia? Awareness is growing, but the question over and over: How do we actually USE emotional intelligence?  How can we apply these skills in a scientifically robust way that…



EQ TALES – An EQ Engagement for Trainers

By: Dexter Valles on December 1, 2013 | 1 comments
We live in a world which is in great flux and flex. Competencies and Skills are in constant need of honing, shaping, restructuring, re-framing and realigning.The trainer or facilitator of learning and development is a key figure in the professional life of people. To get on that cutting edge of competence. To outrace, out beat and outlast the competition. Outside at the marketplace and perhaps even more critically, in the workplace itself. Everyday is a race to the finish post…



EQ Olympics

By: Six Seconds on September 9, 2013 | 0 comments
Congratulations to our friends in Tokyo - we're looking forward to the 2020 Olympics!   Japan is renown for hospitality and custom service, teamwork, and care in interaction.  Many of the hallmarks of a high EQ organizations.  Of course, to undertake such an ambitious project, even more EQ skills will be needed so people from diverse backgrounds can collaborate in a stressful, complex project. Good news!  Six Seconds Japan is well on the way to providing this crucial ingredient.  A…



Celebrating the Legacy of a Noble Goal

By: FC Law on August 19, 2013 | 12 comments
A few months before she was murdered, I was speaking with Irene Ong about her Noble Goal.  Half in jest, I asked her to tell me hers.  I was surprised when she said, “I need to go home and start thinking about it carefully.” It surprised me because Irene was well known for her caring and service. She was Director of Kids Programs in a Kiwanis Club, an international non-profit organization involved in alleviating the plight of disadvantaged children. She…



What does “teamwork” mean?

By: Joshua Freedman on July 16, 2013 | 41 comments
One of my favorite elements of our global network is the opportunity to discuss ideas with EQ allies from around the globe.  Through the lenses of culture and language and across borders and time zones, we're forced, invited, to reconsider "simple" words.  Yesterday I was in the sauna of summertime Tokyo, today in the fog-swathed cool of the San Francisco Bay, and amid jetlag I've been thinking about "teamwork."     Tanabe-san, our Regional Network Director in Japan, said that…



Beneath the Surface

By: Joshua Freedman on December 5, 2012 | 24 comments
My family and I are back in Japan "on the way home" from our 10 weeks in Asia; almost 2 months ago we visited Kiyomizudera, the temple of pure water, in Kyoto -- and there's a scene that keeps playing in my mind. We went early in the morning, and the grounds were echoing with peacefulness... until a group of Japanese schoolchildren came bounding down the path.  Patty, Emma (now 13), Max (11) and I were enjoying the spring for…



Learning to Connect… The Gift of Empathy

By: FC Law on September 3, 2012 | 18 comments
In the wee hours of that Thursday morning, 15 hours before he passed away, I was alone with John in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. With just the sounds of medical machines gently beeping around us, I had an unforgettable “conversation” with John. He never regained consciousness after his surgery. But I quietly looked at him while he rested, and then I said to my only brother of 40 plus years – “John, what happened to all those years?” Putting…


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Reflecting on Reflection Across Cultures

By: Joshua Freedman on June 20, 2012 | 11 comments
Last week in Japan my translator asked, "when you say, 'reflection,' what do you mean?"  Midori said she couldn't find a Japanese word that matched what I seemed to be talking about. It's something I love about travel -- and about parenting -- I have opportunities to look at something so familiar, so known, that I don't know it.  "Reflection" is a word I use often, it's part of our Change MAP and central to the skills of Know Yourself…



Case – EQ at Shell Asia: Enduring Boost for Teamwork from Blended EQ Program

By: Granville D'Souza on November 21, 2011 | 8 comments
To support highly technical leaders and teams to be more effective at collaboration, Shell sought out a customized emotional intelligence development program.  Using a blended-learning approach, Six Seconds’ tailor-made program yields an 85% success rate when assessed an average of three years after the program.    Background: Shell is a global petrochemical company headquartered in the Hague, Netherlands, with over 90,000 employees in 90 countries worldwide and a 200-year history. Shell Asia’s assets include their largest investment, Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex in Singapore.…


Participants in the WAFW 5th Annual Symposium

EQ Fosters Future Female Leaders: Empowering Young Women in China

By: Joshua Freedman on September 30, 2011 | 17 comments
The World Academy for the Future of Women (WAFW) leadership program is a bold and rigorous training initiative for young women students committed to acquiring skills and confidence to develop as campus, community, national, and eventually global leaders. These young women found a focus on emotional intelligence played a big part of how they evolved and developed as leaders in the nine-month program. Supported by a grant from Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network, and the commitment of network member…


Case: Strengthening Relationships with EQ at HSBC

By: Granville D'Souza on June 10, 2011 | 13 comments
How do quantitative, analytical bankers become more effective at building strong relationships?  An immersion in emotional intelligence proves to unlock new awareness. Background: Headquartered in London, HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC's international network comprises around 7,500 offices in 87 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.  As in other successful financial institutions, most managers are hired and promoted for their financial intelligence…


Shanmugan Moorthi on NTV7 Malaysia

By: Six Seconds on February 18, 2009 | 0 comments
Shan, a Six Seconds Network EQ Trainer, is interviewed on morning TV in Kuala Lumpur - "The Case for EQ":