Middle East & Africa

middle-east & africa mapWelcome to Six Seconds’ Middle East & Africa (MEA) region, covering Dubai & the other United Arab Emirates, Saudi, Oman, Jordan, Egypt and all around the Arab Gulf, through to South Africa  Please see below for contacts in this region, plus upcoming events and recent articles.

MEA Contacts

Jayne Morrison, Regional Network Director.  Jayne brings 20 years of operational leadership experience plus extensive expertise in the design and delivery of powerful, scalable learning and development programs.
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sam-middletonSamantha (Sam) Middleton, Program Manager.  Sam has recently joined the Six Seconds MEA team to support the vision that “ by 2039 one billion people will be practicing EQ.” Coupled with her strong marketing background and her passionate belief in Emotional Intelligence she will be a key player in this vision!
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maggie-williams-tMaggie Williams, Executive Coach.  Maggie has over 25 years international experience in the education and corporate sector. As an executive coach for the Middle East Office and experienced facilitator she can encompass EI to bring further focus on her passion for employee engagement, talent management, training effectiveness, team effectiveness, & leadership skills.  Email | LinkedIN


Gertrude Masuku, Administrator. Gertrude brings over 10 years of administrative support and experience to the Six Seconds Middle East & Africa team.
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MEA Preferred Partners

Dynamic Learning - we partner with clients to create environments that drive positive change. (UAE – Dubai)

EQ in ACTION - developing emotional intelligence for sustainable success in business and life. (South Africa – Durban)

Upcoming Events in MEA

Date / City Event
16 Sep 2014
United Arab Emirates (Dubai )
The EQ Conversation Café

The EQ Conversation Cafe is a quarterly breakfast event run by Six Seconds Middle East held at The Change Initiative from 8.30am-10.00am. The session is an opportunity to learn a bit more about EQ and provides a forum for discussion on EQ and its application.

At the last Conversation Cafe we looked at research which been released on EQ globally and how it applied locally in terms of key areas for development and the competencies which supported this. Previous Conversation Cafe topics include brain styles and EQ in business.

If you are interested in joining our next session on 16th September please email mea@6seconds.org.

13 Oct 2014 - 17 Oct
South Africa (Johannesburg )
EQ 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

Learn from the leaders in the field how to raise emotional intelligence in yourself and others. Develop an in-depth understanding of emotional intelligence as you gain new tools to apply immediately to fuel positive change at work, at home, and at school — starting with yourself.

20 Oct 2014 - 21 Oct
South Africa (Durban )
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.

2 Nov 2014 - 6 Nov
United Arab Emirates (Dubai )
EQ 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.

23 Nov 2014 - 26 Nov
United Arab Emirates (Dubai )
Coaching EQ Certification: Supercharge Coaching with Emotional Intelligence

Ideally coaching supports clients to create positive change – but change doesn’t happen just from “knowing.” Emotions are a key driver for professional and personal transformation. The CEQ equips professionals with a powerful emotional intelligence assessment (the SEI) and the Six Seconds Change MAP as a roadmap for structuring a transformational coaching process fueled by EQ.

The course has been approved for 32.75 ICF Coach Continuing Education units.

14 Dec 2014 - 15 Dec
United Arab Emirates (Dubai )
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.

Articles & Posts from MEA


Is Your Leadership About Mushrooms or Sunflowers?

By: Jayne Morrison on May 28, 2014 | 2 comments
During a discussion on engagement and the role of leaders this week, one participant shared a quote attributed to Homer Simpson, “If you don’t like your job... you just go in every day and do it really half-assed.” So true! What’s the affect? Disengagement is contagious.  As colleagues tune out, more and more people do ‘half-assed’ jobs.  As a consequence productivity and service are affected, directly impacting results across the organisation.     What drives organisational commitment? In the Vital…


Time to redefine “engagement”?

By: Jayne Morrison on April 20, 2014 | 11 comments
Talking to leaders at a recent conference, I felt a sense of real concern regarding the question of engagement.  Not surprising considering that the 2013 Gallup State of the Global Workplace Report shows that only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged and that the 2014 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends research shows that 78% of business leaders rate retention and engagement as important (26% rate it as urgent). Trends that remain essentially unchanged for a decade...  Perhaps because we don't…


Jayne Morrison on the Business Value of EQ

By: Six Seconds on April 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Robin Hills from Ei4Change has done a wonderful job of editing a mini interview he did with Jayne Morrison at the EQ Africa Summit -- about Jayne's work with Six Seconds spreading emotional intelligence, and particularly how to bring EQ to serious businesses.  An excerpt is below. [s3audio s3url="website/Jayne_Morrison.wav" /] [caption id="attachment_11944" align="alignright" width="300"] Six Seconds members with Jayne Morrison at the South Africa Summit. Photo from Jonathan Low.[/caption] "The key learning for me over the last decade… when I’m speaking with…

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Talking EQ in Business – Dubai Style

By: Six Seconds on September 2, 2013 | 4 comments
Why should business leaders care about emotional intelligence?  How to gain this value? Jayne Morrison, Regional Director for Six Seconds Middle East & Africa, was interviewed on Dubai Eye's Business Breakfast show. Jayne shares the basics of emotional intelligence, as well as the strong business case for organisations investing in the EQ of their leaders. Listen to the whole interview here:

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EQ Education in South Africa

By: Dr. Susan Stillman on April 2, 2013 | 0 comments
"I came away with a sense of peace that I can positively change my approach & attitude, which will,  in turn,  impact those around me" (Participant, EQE Durban).    At the invitation of our South Africa network colleagues, Avril Kidd and Candice Smith, and with the tremendous support of Jayne Morrison, Six Seconds Director for Middle East and Africa, in March, Six Seconds held the first EQ Educator Certification Course in South Africa. Our two day course was a dynamic…


Forget IQ, it’s your EQ that matters – The National

By: Six Seconds on February 12, 2013 | 0 comments
Exciting article in The National, UAE, by Andrea Anastasiou, Feb 11 2013: Jayne Morrison, regional director of Six Seconds Middle East and Africa, a non-profit organisation that supports EQ in schools, businesses and families around the world, including the UAE, explains that having a higher EQ makes us more self-aware, which in turn makes us more adept at having fulfilling relationships with others. "We all have emotions, whether we're the manager, the employee, the friend or the parents," she says. "Thoughts,…


Case: Fostering a Culture of Leadership in Rotana

By: Jayne Morrison on August 25, 2011 | 2 comments
To build a stronger leadership culture within their properties and across the organisation, Rotana developed a team of in-house trainers to deliver the Six Seconds’ EQ Leader program throughout the enterprise.  Thus far, the well-received program is building a shared vocabulary and vision that will foster a common culture to fulfill Rotana’s customer service orientation. Background Rotana is the leading hotel management company and currently manages a portfolio of 70 properties throughout the Middle East and Africa, with an aggressive…


Case: EQ at HMC – Increasing Care in Healthcare

By: Jayne Morrison on July 6, 2011 | 5 comments
An emotional intelligence program for customer service forms the basis of organisational culture for improving patient care in a new flagship program. Background: Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is a non-profit medical corporation based in Doha, Qatar.  It operates various hospitals and clinics throughout the country employing around 17,000 medical staff and 3,000 hospitality staff. HMC is committed to continual improvement and is becoming an internationally recognised, world-class, center for healthcare excellence in the Gulf Region for the new era of…

March is EQ Month in Dubai

By: Six Seconds on January 26, 2011 | 0 comments
March is the "month of emotional intelligence" in Dubai, part of our commitment to support people to create positive change.  In a recent study we found that in the Middle East, emotional intelligence drives 58% of the variation in success -- maybe that's why EQ is growing so rapidly in the region! The EQ Conference and trainings will raise EQ awareness and skill in the region: The EQ Certification Transformational learning for professionals to develop EQ in themselves & others People-Performance…

Leadership Success and Emotional Intelligence in the Middle East

By: Joshua Freedman on August 7, 2010 | 2 comments
Abstract: The United Arab Emirates is emerging as the business capital of the Middle East. In this complex, demanding environment, to what extent do the "soft skills" of emotional intelligence matter? In a study of 418 leaders living in the region, there is a very strong relationship between emotional intelligence skills and performance outcomes. Scores on the SEI (Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment) predict over 58% of the variation in critical professional and personal success factors (such as effectiveness, influence,…

Smart Parenting (Aquarius Magazine, Dubai)

By: Joshua Freedman on July 18, 2009 | 0 comments
August 2009 Screaming toddlers and moody teenagers have something in common -- they are both emotionally charged. Louisa Wilkins speaks to the experts about how to handle your children in an emotionally intelligent way to ensure positive results. The summer sun was beating down on the small patch of cement, heating up the already heated stand off between me and my three-year-old. She wanted to stay and play. I wanted to get in the car and go home. She looks…

Emotional Intelligence – Dubai One TV

By: Six Seconds on December 1, 2008 | 0 comments
Interview with Six Seconds' COO Joshua Freedman: