Changing Together

Changing Together

It was about 15 years ago.  Thirty-some intrepid learners journeyed from six countries to the first Six Seconds EQ Certification. People read Dan Goleman’s 1995 book, and saw his description of our Self-Science process as a model for teaching EQ, so they...
The Seduction of Impossibility

The Seduction of Impossibility

Four years ago, I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t even put my socks on. Yesterday, I went for a run — without someone chasing me… I actually chose it. As we think about change, rather than focusing on an “easy step,” there’s something incredibly powerful about embracing the impossible, and harvesting the emotional energy to fuel the next steps.

The (Un)Happy Neuroscience of New Year Resolutions

The (Un)Happy Neuroscience of New Year Resolutions

As the New Year approaches, many of us will pursue happiness by setting goals. But when it comes to happiness, we cannot trust our brains to point us in the right direction. Our brains confuse ‘wanting’ with ‘happiness’ because of the simplicity of the dopamine reward mechanisms.

From Violent Hearts to Heavenly Peace

From Violent Hearts to Heavenly Peace

Reading reactions to Sandy Hook, a common theme is blame, but is there an alternative? Looking at the neuroscience, it feels better to blame. When we blame, we know the answer, and that feeling of righteous wrath is actually a dopamine reward that our brain emits when we “know.” While this reaction cycle is wired into our brains, we do have a choice — three, in fact.

How Schools (de)Motivate Innovation

How Schools (de)Motivate Innovation

Intriguing article in the Wall Street Journal: Educating the Next Steve Jobs — points out that a narrowly defined pathway to “success” where failure is anathema is the recipe for conformity, not innovation. In most high-school and college classes,...
The EI-nnovation: Setting the Stage for Breakthrough Performance

The EI-nnovation: Setting the Stage for Breakthrough Performance

while rationally we understand we need to change — at the same time we feel we are not ready to do it. What happens when people are in this mood? Probably there is little focus on real tasks; instead a lot of energy goes to finding reasons justifying that we don’t need change… creating massive stress that saps productivity and drains health and happiness. In this context, it is not surprising that companies are experiencing a really high number of change failures, and paying the financial costs of marginal execution.

Structuring Transformational Learning

Structuring Transformational Learning

One the reasons Six Seconds’ programs are transformational is our commitment to a rigorous approach to learning. We come from a “constructivist” history, rooted in the humanistic school of education. How do we structure learning to activate optimal brain states and support learners to “construct” meaning? It starts by understanding that learning is a process of change.