The Motivation Iceberg

The Motivation Iceberg

…s to engaging hearts and minds, they don’t work.   Three Tips for Engaging Intrinsic Motivation While it’s more work to develop intrinsic motivators, if you want to engage those “beneath the waterline” outcomes, this work is not optional. Here are three tips: 1. Develop powerful values. Most organizations have a list, but are they real or PR? Recently I was with a group of director-level managers in a huge multinational and when I asked about the…

Purpose and Motivation: Drive Video

Purpose and Motivation: Drive Video

In the Six Seconds Model, the “capstone” is a competency we call “Pursue Noble Goals,” which enables you to connect with purpose in your daily life — to put your purpose into action. Daniel Pink’s video about his new book, DRIVE, provides a fun and clear way of talking about this essential topic: Two questions that can change your life from Daniel Pink on Vimeo. Here are a few other pieces from our blog about this topic… About “pursuing” a noble…

Case Study:  Emotional Intelligence for People-First Leadership at FedEx Express

Case Study: Emotional Intelligence for People-First Leadership at FedEx Express

…nse (competencies: Apply Consequential Thinking, Navigate Emotions, Engage Intrinsic Motivation, and Exercise Optimism). Give Yourself – align the moment-to-moment decisions with a larger sense of purpose (competencies: Increase Empathy and Pursue Noble Goals). [3] Reviewing data from LEGACY in 2009 and 2010, the GLI team identified that a few key EQ competencies were essential to strengthen “bench strength” and build the leaders who will move up…

Emotional Intelligence Fuels Vital Leadership: Three Essential Skills for High Performing Leaders

Emotional Intelligence Fuels Vital Leadership: Three Essential Skills for High Performing Leaders

…rsonal Performance; Key factors are competencies called Pursue Noble Goal, Engage Intrinsic Motivation, and Exercise Optimism (R2 from .2 to .46). In the Brain Talents, Resilience is the highest predictor; R2=.46   Interpretation on Sustaining Leadership Linked to the importance of change agility, these three key EQ competencies are tied to a future-oriented action. Pursue Noble Goals is about putting vision into action. Engage Intrinsic Motivatio…

Vital Leadership: What are the skills of high performing leaders? (#16)

Vital Leadership: What are the skills of high performing leaders? (#16)

…Performance; Key factors are competencies called Pursue Noble Goal, Engage Intrinsic Motivation, and Exercise Optimism (R2 from .2 to .46). In the Brain Talents, Resilience is the highest predictor; R2=.46 Do any of these surprise you? What can you do with this data? Avril In conclusion — what’s one key take away from the new research? This research connects the dots – leadership outcomes are at tip of the iceberg. The leadership drivers sit at th…

Coaching Emotions (#22)

Coaching Emotions (#22)

…e emotions.” That doesn’t work… but what does? How can coaches effectively engage their own and client emotions as fuel for learning and growth? At Six Seconds we say: Emotions drive people, people drive performance. Yet some coaching programs tell trainees to “avoid negative emotions.” That doesn’t work… but what does? How can coaches effectively engage their own and client emotions as fuel for learning and growth? Personally, I’ve found the proc…

Dialogue: Emotions & Racism (#11.5)

Dialogue: Emotions & Racism (#11.5)

…time and what can I do in my day-to-day interactions with all the people I engage with that doesn’t perpetuate doesn’t you know sustain what’s happened but actually starts to rectify and heal some of it so that’s where I think the EQ tools the model for me personally it becomes really helpful it has been really helpful in my family interactions and the you know day-to-day interactions I have in my small community and certainly in my work I was goi…

“Back to Normal” or Forward to Something New? (#8)

“Back to Normal” or Forward to Something New? (#8)

…thing better? Rather than reacting to the current difficulties, how can we engage emotional intelligence to envision the future we actually want? What are the essential skills for shifting out of re-acting and into re-imagining — from retreat to advance? At a practical level, if every challenge is an opportunity, how are we positioning ourselves & our organizations to move forward? Introduction We’re hearing politicians use phrases like, “it’s tim…

Art x Emotion x Antiracism (#12)

Art x Emotion x Antiracism (#12)

…imes it’s easier to lean on art, than to lean on people.” From graphics to engage in uprising to escaping into Netflix to rediscovering poems of Rumi to dancing and spoken word to teach us what it might mean to live in freedom and justice. In recent months (and for all time), arts have entertained, inspired, and challenged us. Some artists have been able to flourish in this time, others have been beached, unable to do their work & feed their souls…

EQ Drives Team Performance Across Industries in the UK

EQ Drives Team Performance Across Industries in the UK

…ress each team’s specific issues. Results: An average 20% increase in team engagement across the four teams, which fueled increases on 90% of team KPIs such as trust, motivation, and execution. Here is a graph of one team’s improvement over a 6-month period, including a doubling of the percent of Engaged employees: “It’s opened the door to us being more honest with each other – and that’s vital if we are going to deliver all of the things that we…

EQ Master Class Project Gallery

EQ Master Class Project Gallery

…can support with practicing a growth mindset: (1) Recognize Patterns, (2) Engage Intrinsic Motivation and (3) Exercise Optimism. At this stage, my hypothesis is based on my experience and learning. In parallel to this Master Class project, I am conducting a quantitative piece of research that looks at the potential correlations between mindsets and the three competencies. More details on this can be found at point 4 – Active experimentation. For…

Tapping Emotions for Motivation: Six Essential Tools to Fuel Energy

Tapping Emotions for Motivation: Six Essential Tools to Fuel Energy

…over the next three months. Here’s a summary with links for more on each: Engage Intrinsic Motivation is one of the competencies in the Six Seconds Model of Emotional Intelligence. While extrinsic forces do motivate us, they put the power in others’ hands. The word “engage” implies that the intrinsic motivators are present, we need to find a way to connect the current goal with the fire that’s burning within. Explore this competency. In our model…

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