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Emotional intelligence (EQ)

EQ is a powerful set of learnable skills that can help us to become more aware, make better choices, and be more purposeful.

Emotional intelligence is the capacity to blend thinking and emotions to make optimal decisions — which is imperative to having a successful relationship with yourself and others. To provide a practical and simple way to learn and practice emotional intelligence, Six Seconds company developed a three-part model in 1997 as a process – an action plan for using emotional intelligence in daily life. The Six Seconds model turns EQ theory into practice for your personal and professional life.

Practicing EQ

Our mission is to support people to create positive change – everywhere, all the time. We do this by researching about emotions and the brain through a scientific, practical and transformational methodology.

Emotional intelligence is the “missing link” that equips people to adapt to change.

Through 20 years of global experience and extensive research, we’ve shown that the scientifically-based skills of emotional intelligence (EQ) are essential for change. These skills are learnable, and predict stronger effectiveness, wellbeing, relationships, and quality of life.

Thoughts, Feelings, Actions

One of the most powerful ways to put EQ into action is to learn the difference between thoughts, feelings, and actions — and how these three interact and affect us. They’re all important, but they are different.

This model of EQ-in-Action begins with three important pursuits: to become more aware (noticing what you do), more intentional (doing what you mean), and more purposeful (doing it for a reason).

Three Important Pursuits

Know Yourself gives you the “what” – when you Know Yourself, you know your strengths and challenges, you know what you are doing, what you want, and what to change.

Choose Yourself provides the “how” – when you choose yourself to take action, how to influence yourself and others, how to ‘operationalize’ these concepts

Give Yourself delivers the “why” – when you give yourself, your mind is clear and is full of energy and stay focused on responding in a certain way, why to move in a new direction, and why others should come on board.

You’ll notice we present the model in a CIRCLE – it’s not a list, it’s a process! The process works when you spin it, like a propeller moving a ship. As you move through these three pursuits you gain positive momentum!

Know Yourself

Clearly seeing what you feel and do.

  • Emotions are data, and these competencies allow you to accurately collect that information.
  • Everyone has feelings – all the time. What are yours? Not just the obvious ones, but the ones hiding in the background?
  • Remember that emotions are data. They’re chemical signals to help us handle threats and opportunities.

Choose Yourself

Doing what you mean to do.

Instead of reacting “on autopilot,” these competencies allow you to proactively respond.

When a situation just starts to heat up, “press the pause button.” Take a big breathe. Get some water. Say, “Let me think about this for a moment.” There are very few situations that actually require an instant reaction.

  • Remember you have many options. Sometimes it’s hard to see those. You can change your thoughts, engage new feelings, experiment with new actions. You might not have “the perfect solution,” but you do have possibilities!

Give Yourself

Doing it for a reason.

  • These competencies help you put your vision and mission into action so you lead your life with a purpose and with full integrity
  • There’s always more to the story. When people do or say something annoying, get curious and ask questions like ’What’s really going on here?’
  • Your choices matter. The way you respond affects others, and affects you — so you affect the future. What’s the effect you want to have?

The Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment (SEI)

Six Seconds is a California-based international non-profit organization dedicated to the awareness of "emotional intelligence" (or "emotional quotient"). Founded in 1997 in his book on Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman' wrote about a curriculum called "Self-Science" as a model of how to teach EQ. Six Seconds President Anabel Jensen, PhD had been Executive Director of the Nueva School from 1983 to 1997, where she helped develop the curriculum along with other Nueva School staff.

The organization publishes EQ tests including the SEI for adults and the SEI-YV for youth. The SEI, in particular, has been used in several peer-reviewed studies on emotional intelligence. Six Seconds maintains a strong focus on school programs and teacher education, with one study indicating that "the Six Seconds model has the potential to positively impact emotional intelligence development in teacher candidates." Six Seconds also created Synapse School, an independent elementary and middle school in Menlo Park, CA, which blends Six Seconds' emotional programs into the curriculum.

Six Seconds partnered with Inspired in 2015, a collaboration between Facebook and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence which acts as "a portal where educators, community leaders, young people, parents, and government officials can connect to positively impact school climates and the overall well-being of teens in the U.S. Qatar Airways collaborated with Six Seconds in March 2015 to train its Customer Service staff in the benefits of applying emotional intelligence in the workplace. Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Rossen Dimitrov, said: “Qatar Airways is highly supportive of learning and development and this effective training program will be highly beneficial for our trainers, our staff and ultimately for how we communicate with our customers."

The Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment (SEI) is a scientifically validated and effective online assessment tool that measures EQ. Combined with coaching; the SEI tool equips people with an action-oriented framework to support them in using and improving their EQ skills and driving long term transformation.

Research has shown a strong correlation between Emotional Intelligence and key performance outcomes in organizations. Following a coaching intervention based on the SEI Emotional Intelligence assessment in one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, EQ scores increased by 8.9% and correlated with double-digit financial growth and high-performance evaluations.

Easily completed online, this statistically valid assessment comes with a comprehensive SEI Leadership Report and over 20 pages of interpretation and development suggestions. The model integrates leading thinking on the science of EQ into a practical, usable and memorable structure, SEI Emotional Intelligence Tests.

The Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment (SEI®) is a group of well-validated, effective tests that measure EQ and equip people with a framework for putting emotional intelligence into action.

What makes SEI such an effective assessment tool?

SEI is used in 127 countries for a broad range of training, coaching, selection, and development needs. SEI is best-in-class because of the blend of robust psychometrics, easy practicality, and global relevance.

Uses of the SEI -

  • Professional and personal development
  • Training and coaching (for example… leadership, teamwork, performance management, stress, communication, people-skills for project management, etc)
  • Selection & Talent Management
  • Pre/Post Assessment and Research

Using the full power of the in-depth, well-validated SEI Assessment; the profiles bring a decade of research into an easy-to-use single page profile with profound value for learning, coaching, performance management, selection, and growth.

Why Choose SEI as Your Emotional Intelligence Assessment?

Development Focused -Created by the experts in learning and teaching EQ. Detailed reports with specific techniques, exercises and strategies. It also has an extensive range of proven curricula and related tools that improve performance.

Statistically Reliable -Embedded self-correcting indices increase objectivity. It has strong psychometric properties with best-in-class analysis of over 20 different norm scales. used in each assessment Scores on the SEI predict 50-60% of a combination of Quality of Life, Relationship Effectiveness, Wellbeing, and Personal Effectiveness (based on forward stepwise regression against self-reported outcomes, see the Technical Manual).

International - Developed and validated internationally; Six Seconds has offices and partners in over 25 countries. Assessment and report in many languages including Arabic, Chinese, English (US and UK), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Spanish (Latin and European).

Convenient -Fully-automated online administration and scoring (paper available). It has an option for the client to instantly receive a report or for the consultant (or both). Turnkey packaged with proven, in-depth training materials developed by world-class curriculum designers.

Full Range -A complete range of assessment tools and reports for practitioners. It has a huge array of support materials, curricula, and training modules.

How does your brain focus, decide, and drive? How Your Brain Prefers to Use Your EQ

Brain Brief Profile

The Brain Brief Profile (BBP) is a one-page synthesis of the way a person’s brain processes emotional and cognitive data.

Starting from neuroscience and 15 years of research on emotional intelligence, the BBP provides a simple, practical summary of how a person’s style for using emotional intelligence i.e.integrating thinking+feeling to make good decisions to drive positive results.

The BBP is based on three dimensions of


The BBP is highly effective for development/learning, coaching, mentoring, team development and for managers to use to build communication with their people.

“Brain Style”

A picture of how the emotional and rational parts of your brain are working together.

Serious science made simple

While many profiles focus on behaviour, these tools look at the drivers. Brain Style is about capability. Unlike many “style inventories,” the Brain Brief is distilled from a full-power psychometric assessment. Participants take the SEI, the best-in-class emotional intelligence assessment. Responses are analyzed using a special algorithm utilizing all 20 normative scales.

Brain Style is based on three elements:

Focus:Do you prefer data that is analytical or emotional?

Decisions: Do you tend to protect or innovate?

Drive: Are you usually motivated by the practical or the idealistic?

These three scales create eight profiles:

Scientist: Accurate, Careful, Precise.

Visionary: Passionate, Transformative, Forward-thinking.

Inventor: Analytical, Creative, Open.

Guardian: Caring, Careful, Pragmatic.

Strategist: Precise, Careful, Future-oriented.

Superhero: Committed, Creative, Real-world.

Deliverer: Task-oriented, Generative, Practical.

Sage: Caring, Protective, Long-term focus.

The Brain Brief Profile comes with a free “Brain Brief Interpretation Guide,” an e-book about Brain Styles. It includes additional background, plus how to work with your style and how to work with people of other styles.

How are your style, strengths, and challenges creating results? Your Highest & Lowest EQ Talents

Brain Discovery: Your Highest & Lowest EQ Talents

Brain Discovery Profile

Go deeper to identify brain style, highest-scoring talents, and lowest-scoring talents. The BDP includes data about Brain Style and the three powerful scales (Focus, Decisions, Drive), then it shows the highest and lowest scoring talents and how those link to essential life/work outcomes (effectiveness, decisions making, influence, relationships, health, quality of life).

Use: The BDP is used for performance and career coaching, individual development, manager-employee coaching, and is ideal for creating real insight in an interview in the selection process.

What are your brain’s key strengths for creating the future? How You Can Best Put EQ into Action

Brain Talent Profile

How can you best use your brain’s capabilities?

Based on robust research evaluating 1000s of leaders today, we’ve identified the 18 essential talents to create the future. Like a smart phone app, these “Brain Apps” are tools to build effectiveness.

Use:The BTP is ideal for career and performance coaching, team forming, and a wide range of training & development. What are the top talents in your team? Are you using them?

Essential EQ Data for Children

Brain Profiles for Youth

Similar to the adult Brain Profiles, the Brain Brief and Brain Talent Youth Version Profiles help youth and the adults who work with them understand how their brain focuses and decides, and what drives it. These evidence-based profiles help youth recognize their key talents and strengths and how they can use these effectively for school and life success.

A group Dashboard Youth Version is a useful tool for teachers or group leaders who wish to assess the group’s overall EQ, brain styles, talents, challenges, and outcomes based on the in-depth and validated SEI-YV assessment for youth.

For the youth reports, a section for educators and parents has been added to support youth and increase awareness.

Perspective Version

The “pYV” (perspective youth version) shows an adult’s perspective about the youth.

For example, a parent can take the pYV and see the child’s Brain Style, from the adult’s viewpoint. These Profiles are particularly useful for younger children or those who can not complete the self-assessment — and for comparing multiple perspectives about a child.

What is the EQ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for a group, team, or class? At-a-Glance View of a Group's EQ, Talents & Performance


At-a-glance insight to the team’s emotional intelligence, talents, and performance.

The Dashboard provides instant insight to a team’s style, strengths and weaknesses. It shows why emotional intelligence is essential, because it links EQ to results, showing the capabilities that the team/group is using (and not using) to create personal and professional success.

Use: The Dashboard is used for team development, management coaching, team formation, workforce planning, and strategic planning.

Serious science made simple. While many emotional intelligence tests and psychological profiles focus on behavior, these tools look at the drivers. Brain Style is about capability. Unlike many “style inventories,” the Brain Brief is distilled from a full-power psychometric assessment. Participants take the SEI, the best-in-class emotional intelligence assessment. Responses are analyzed using a special algorithm utilizing all 20 normative scales.

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