Learning is an Adventure of Head + Heart + Hands

There’s a lot to learn… but first: What is learning?

How can the latest science make learning work best?

What is learning? It’s a process of growth… starting at a neurological level, new connections forming… At work, in life, and hopefully in every classroom, people are working to teach and learn. It’s a mental process — but current neuroscience confirms learning is also physical, social, and emotional. Are you someone committed to learning and helping others learn? If so, perhaps you’ve considered:

How does learning work best?

In the Six Seconds community, we’re starting this year focused on this big question and understanding the role of emotions and emotional intelligence as our brains build new insight and meaning. The adventure starts now with five essential highlights (plus inspiring learning quotes) below.

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning. 

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Author, 1895-1986

The Neuroscience of Learning

What is learning? And how does it actually work in the brain? Let’s get to the basics.

Mary Helen Immordino Yang is a pioneer in the neurological process of learning, with a focus on how social and emotional brain functions are implicated in the process. We’re conducting a collaborative interview with Dr. Immordino Yang — what’s a question you’d like to ask? We’ll collect a compelling compendium for part one of our interview later this month.

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott

The EQ Neural Network

Can computers help us learn about emotions? A neural network is “a beautiful biologically-inspired programming paradigm which enables a computer to learn from observational data” (source). To make EQ valuable, it has to be put into action, and that takes learning… we’re experimenting with this powerful technology to make that work better.

The EQ Neural Net is an assistive intelligence, powered by two decades of research on emotional intelligence, that offers coaches insights to help their clients put EQ into action.

Join the live webinar on January 18, “Can Artificial Intelligence Help Emotional Intelligence?” or request a recording.

One key finding from the Neural Net:  when it comes to learning EQ, it’s too simplistic to consider only strengths or weaknesses. Growth requires the right mix. It’s not necessarily easy to see the key ingredients, so the EQ Neural Net provides an objective perspective to help us develop a holistic view of ourselves. How do you feel about getting this kind of insight from a computer?

Change is the end result of all true learning. 

Leo Buscaglia

Author, 1924-1998

As a community of changemakers contributing to a world filled with insight, connection, and purpose, at Six Seconds we agree with Buscaglia. What is learning? It’s a process of change. It starts at a neurological level, neurons rewiring… and cascades into global transformation.

How? At the heart of Six Seconds’ methodology is the learning philosophy of six essential principles that make learning work as a process for growth.

The Puzzle of Learning

Around the world, Six Seconds’ volunteer EQ Network Leaders will be holding “EQ Cafés” on this quarter’s theme. These interactive, experiential workshops provide an emotionally intelligent experience and support to practice together. What do you mean by LEARNING, and what’s the role of emotion and emotional intelligence to make that work?

The Puzzle of Learning explores the obstacles that keep us from learning and growth, and the Six Seconds Learning Philosophy as a “lever” to help us get un-stuck.

Watch this page for updates as Network Leaders schedule the Cafés.

What is your experience with “the puzzle of learning” as a learner or educator? How has emotional intelligence helped you in the process? Please share a reflection and engage in dialogue with fellow community members in the Emotional Intelligence Network Facebook Group!

You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

Richard Branson

What Works for Learning EQ in Business

The Komatsu case study shows the power of using emotional intelligence to increase employee engagement — and thereby improve bottom line performance. It also highlights a radically simply way to reconceptualize corporate learning. To the right is a video with the essential points.

To learn more about best practices for implementing EQ learning, check out these resources:

  1. How business leaders are seeking value with emotional intelligence
  2. Management Essentials, the new curriculum with the most important skills for every manager
  3. A recent case study on the power of learning about Noble Goals in business

Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing. 

Warren Bennis

Leadership Scholar, 1925-2014

Learning to Coach, Coaching to Learn

In a few weeks we’ll release a new eBook sharing the essential ingredients that make coaching such a powerful learning process. In the meantime, here’s a video with powerful questions to consider (to the right).


Is one of these coaching questions particularly powerful for you? Share in the comments below, or, for more dialogue, post your response to the video in the Emotional Intelligence Network Facebook Group and ask your EQ community for input.

I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.

e. e. cummings

We hope you’ll dive deeply into the theme of learning with us this quarter… considering what it means to be a learner… what you want and need to learn… and how we can all support one another to learn what’s most important for all of us. At Six Seconds, we believe this process starts with connection. Connection inside each of us and between us.

Thank you for being part of the community to sustain these connections.

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