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Emotional Intelligence

Are you happy with your last hires?

If you’re not happy with the “soft skills” of recent hires, you should consider including Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in your interview and selection process. EQ can be a better predictor of success than IQ or subject matter expertise, and there are a variety of ways you can assess these important skills. If you’re not using EQ to help identify the top candidates, I’ll share how you can start in your next interviews.

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Flexibility, Resilience and the Senior Executive Service

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) isn’t specifically identified as a Senior Executive Service competency (SES ECQs), but a closer look shows the clear connection between EQ and most of the SES ECQs. In this post I’ll share a bit more about how EQ can help assess and develop flexibility, Resilience and Conflict Management skills in senior executives.

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Pop Your Bubble and Save the World

The degree to which we are each digging in, disconnecting and doubling down has put our culture on paths that are pulling us apart. Success would find more of us moving toward each other.

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Mixing Your EQ Cocktail: Balance, Blends, & Behavioral Change

At OKA, we’ve found that the relationship between elements—and sometimes the tension between them—is a more powerful and helpful approach to growing and refining our Emotional Intelligence.

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Standing Alone

Leaders and team contributors often need to share or drive an unpopular idea or project. The ability to be independent and assertive (to stand alone) in the face of adversity, challenge or opposition is particularly important in these circumstances. Here we share an OKA favorite for building these skills.

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Paths Through Conflict

Of all the skills and behaviors essential for effective performance, the one that scares the most people into inaction and disengagement is conflict. To increase the ability for and the liklihood that our clients will take on this critical topic, OKA has developed a number of different approaches to conflict.

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360 Tips and Tools

While complicated and time-consumptive, 360s offer powerful insights and perspectives that can be essential to professional growth and leadership development. I want to share two tips and two tools that will help you with your use of 360s.

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Emotional Intelligence & the Senior Executive Service

Emotional Intelligence is a great cornerstone in almost any SES development program. There are several Emotional Intelligence frameworks or models that can work, but we prefer the EQ-i 2.0 model because of its underpinning science and direct access to a set of 15 distinct behaviors well aligned with the SES ECQs. Learn more about an EQ approach for developing SESers

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EQ Interpretation–Best Practices

Considering context when interpreting EQ-i results aids in more effectively understanding your client’s narrative.

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Whoa, Buddy! Part 2

It is very difficult—and I would actually argue that it is impossible—to actively do less of something.

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