As coaches, our primary aim is to help our clients deepen their self-awareness,, improve their performance, and enhance their lives.
Frequently, the easiest way to do that is to help them see how they are getting in their own way. But this can be tough.
Emotional Intelligence does not exist apart from relationship. We are created, shaped and sustained in relationships throughout our lives. Our brain and our emotional competencies develop through these primary relationship at a very young age. And these patterns stick with us throughout our lives, even if they don’t serve us.
The EQ Profile maps which neural pathways get activated in difficult relationships and conflict situations at work. It creates new self-awareness and a new vocabulary for ongoing development of the self.
It allows for authentic and intentional movement through conflict, while sustaining personal and professional relationships.
Rather than asking users to report what they would do or have done in conflict situations where emotional intelligence is essential for success, this assessment places individuals in the middle of eight work-related conflict scenarios to create trigger responses. Then, the respondents’ internal experiences are tracked and captured through their responses to a series of statements.
Their responses are analyzed by algorithms developed by behavioral psychologists. The result is the EQ Profile: a snapshot view of the respondent’s internal experience, under stress, in conflict.
The goal of the EQ Profile is to create more choice in how you are showing up in relationship. The EQ Profile is not a measure of behavior, but a measure of one’s internal experience under stress. We know that our internal experience is a likely predictor of behavior. Therefore, the more awarenesses we have about our internal experience (and what we are wired to focus on), the more choice we have in how we are showing up in ways that lead us to what we want.
Place yourself in this office setting:
An issue has been bothering your colleague for months. And now she's finally had enough and is confronting you.
Notice what your default reaction is.
How much of your reaction is about you? How much is about her? Are you focused on the risks? Or are you seeing the opportunities?
The EQ Profile assessment presents various questions at the end of each conflict video, capturing your internal experience under stress, through the three core capacities of Emotional Intelligence. These include:
How long will the EQ Profile take to complete?
Most people complete the EQ Profile within about 45 minutes but it’s not a timed event. You should set aside a quiet chunk of time that’s free from distractions to complete it. While you can stop at any time and save your responses, we strongly recommend completing it in a single session.
How can I use the EQ Profile in my coaching practice?
There is no right way to use the EQ Profile in your coaching practice. During Certification Training, we give you best practices for integrating the EQ Profile into your 1-on-1 coaching, using it with leaders, combining it with a 360, and making it a part of your next workshop.
Can I use the EQ Profile with teams?
Yes! We encourage you to do so. It can be a real game changer! Learning In Action has a Team reporting option available. You can leverage the team data into a workshop, and you can also use it to create a ‘playbook’ for how a team can successfully and intentionally move through conflict.
I have questions about the validity of the EQ Profile. Where can I learn more?
Please check out our technical report to learn all about how the EQ Profile was developed and validated. If you're focused on the technicalities of the assessment this will be a helpful document to read prior to your EQ Profile debrief. This way you can focus on the important stuff - creating new awarenesses!
What are the steps for me to start using the EQ Profile? (Or how do I get Certified to use the EQ Profile?)
The EQ Profile helps coaches clearly see themselves. Even if you don't end up using the EQ Profile as an instrument, coaches, leadership consultants, and more find that the EQ Profile has revealed their own unconscious patterns that get in the way of their coaching.
The EQ Profile brings new awareness and clarity so that coaches are present and conscious of their default settings, ensuring the agenda is set by the client not the coach.
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