Team Learning & Emotional IntelligenceBy: Susan Dunn
Studies show introducing an EQ program at your business affects the bottom line positively (http://www.eiconsortium.org). People learn to:
What’s a good way to introduce new material like this?
Start with a basic program such as The EQ Foundation Course©. It gives facts, information and new terminology in a clear, direct manner.
Then in group teleconference (The EQ Learning Lab™) participants learn to take it to the next level. This can also be done in person, of course. We ask questions which require them to apply what they’ve learned and think independently, forming new conclusions, or generating new options. This is all part of developing your Emotional Intelligence. This is EQ alive!
The next step is to ask the team to put their Emotional Intelligence to use in a creative project that’s hands-on.
Giving an assessment such as the EQ-Map (www.essisystems.com/associates/clickthru.cgi?id=susandunn) before and after is one way to measure progress. Another way is to check in with group feelings; it’s emotional intelligence after all! How do they now feel about themselves, their work and their colleagues? What feels different and why?
Why the team approach? Studies show the bottom line is positively affected when the overall Emotional Intelligence increases, not just that of one person. (Reuven Bar-on, Ph.D.)
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