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Now Offering Spiral Dynamics Profiles from ValueMatch

Now Offering Spiral Dynamics Profiles from ValueMatch

1462912_770484469685088_9124661767890493618_n Ever since it was first introduced to me by my friends and mentors Carol & Tim at FGI, the Spiral Dynamics theory of the evolution of human values has provided a fascinating framework for interpreting the world around me, understanding barriers to change (in people, organizations, and cultures), and communicating more effectively across these barriers.

An understanding of Spiral Dynamics (based on the work of Dr. Clare Graves, and supported by decades of research) can improve leadership, make organizations more effective, and help one just “make sense” of the news. I am happy to announce that Shrinking Borders is now a partner with ValueMatch, a provider of profiles that make it easy to understand what is behind an individual’s worldview. ValueMatch profiles assess the Spiral Dynamics Value Systems active in people, teams and organizations.

Contact me if you would like to learn more about this.

How is your EQ?

How is your EQ?

I recently had the pleasure of facilitating a day of staff teambuilding and coaching, followed by a day of strategic planning for the staff and board of a nonprofit organization.  It was really fun working with people who are focused on positive change in their community and beyond.

As part of the engagement I was able to see the great value of the EQ360 assessment.  This tool from MHS is really rich.  In my corporate life I had the privilege of being the subject of a few different 360 degree evaluations over the years.  While sometimes the feedback includes things that aren’t fun to hear, it is all generally golden.  EQ (a measure of emotional intelligence) has a much bigger impact on success at work (and in life) than IQ (cognitive intelligence).  It is all about relationships.

The EQ360 provides a look at the subject’s emotional intelligence as seen from the self, from manager(s), peers, family/friends, direct reports and others.  There are few opportunities in life to get rich, candid, scientifically validated input from an audience like this.

Let me know if you are interested in learning more about your EQ.