In traditional corporate circles, the idea of emotional intelligence would have been dismissed in favor of management skills, strategic planning, and exerting influence through power. That is no longer the case, particularly in forward-thinking (and feeling) organizations seeking to create competitive advantage by developing a corporate culture that values participation, transparency, collaboration, and engaged leaders. EQ has come to be recognized as an indispensable attribute that can drive results by bringing together our thinking and feeling to make optimal decisions in any given situation.
Six Seconds, as a pioneer in emotional intelligence, started by focusing on understanding and measuring personal EQ. We quickly heard from people we were working with that they wanted a way to apply what they were learning on the personal side to their business lives. That impetus, coupled with the realization that up to 70% of change efforts in business fail, prompted Six Seconds to create Vital Signs, our integrated suite of organization assessment tools, now used around the world by certified coaches and consultants. More recently, we realized that avidly pursuing EQ in the workplace could foster a sense of organizational vitality, an infectious vibrancy that would permeate every facet of the organization, whether it was a small not-for-profit or a multinational.
To spread the word about how emotional intelligence can be promoted in the workplace, Six Seconds recently created an EQ in Business group on our community practice site, EQ.org. This forum is intended to bring people together to talk about their experiences with EQ in a business setting, either as an insider or a consultant, to share best practices, and support each other as we move forward into this exciting new world of emotionally intelligent leadership.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR : PAUL STILLMAN
Paul Stillman is Director of Organizational Vitality at Six Seconds. He has over 30 years of experience as a healthcare executive and consultant. Paul leads global efforts to promote the use of Vital Signs, Six Seconds' suite of organization assessment tools. He has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and is a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.