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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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Top 10 Ways to Use a Type Table

Chief among the reasons that the MBTI is both so popular and so useful is the fact that a group’s Type data can be captured, studied and communicated through a Type Table. OKA has long put a lot of time and attention in both using and teaching others how to use these amazing training aids.

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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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Using the Right Lever

In truth, power is THE central issue in influence, but power can be understood, and leveraged, in very different ways.

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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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Feedback–The Powerful Gift You May Not Have Asked For

Feedback is likely the most essential interpersonal and team skill that far too few people use. Often misunderstood as a advanced skill or team activity, it should be viewed as a basic, must-have practice.

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6-Pack of Safety

OKA has worked for years to boost collaboration within teams—teaching leaders and colleagues to co- create and nurture environments that are safe to speak. Being willing to speak up, share ideas, offer suggestions, risk being wrong—these behaviors require collaboration and an atmosphere within which people feel safe and supported.

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