Den här sidan, The EQToolbox, är en hjälp till dig som vill påbörja ett projekt på temat emotionell intelligens inom en organisation eller förening. Följande introduktion ger dig en överblick av sidan och lyfter fram de viktigaste frågorna att fundera kring inför uppstarten av ett EQ-projekt.

Att genomföra att EQ-projekt

Först av allt: Tack för att du gör en insats för att främja de mest grundläggande mänskliga egenskaperna, förutsättningen för ett fungerande samhälle och en ljus framtid! Vi är glada över att bli ännu fler i detta viktiga arbete.

I vårt dagliga arbete på 6 Seconds får vi många samtal och e-mails från människor som vill lära sig mer om emotionell intelligens (EQ), ofta för att de har bestämt sig för att göra en insats på något sätt. Några av dem är erfarna i den här typen av arbete medan andra nyss har påbörjat sin bana inom personlig utveckling. En del arbetar inom organisationer och föreningar so, t ex scouter, kyrkogrupper, stldgrupper etc medan andra helt enkelt vill bidra till samhällets allmänna utveckling. Om du känner igen dig i någon av dessa beskrivningar så är det här sidan för dig.

Om du redan är erfaren inom projektledning och EQ föreslår vi att du dyker rakt ned i verktygslådan. Annars hoppas vi att texten nedan ska hjälpa dig på vägen.

EQToolbox har tre delar:

Projektutveckling riktar sig till de som kan behöva lite stöd i själva projektarbetet. Kapitlen Projektplanering, Möten, Gruppen, och Mål lyfter fram de viktigaste punkterna inför projektets start. Nyckelordet är respekt för de inblandade, något som är nödvändigt för att skapa ett livskraftigt projekt.


Verktygslådan ger dig en snabb överblick över de viktigaste emotionella förmågorna och övningar för att träna dessa, både för projektgruppen såväl som för projektets målgrupp / deltagarna. Allt baseras på Six Seconds modell som i sin tur stämmer väl överens med forskarna Salovey/Mayer/Carusos definition av EQ.


Resources is a gateway to useful material on EQ, both on the Internet as well as in print. A collection of articles is available for your learning and to share with others. There are also samples of documents to help you create the materials you need as you launch your project.


First Steps

Ground Zero

To continue launching your EQ initiative, start by figuring out where you are. Get out a notebook, and write down your answers to these questions. Write as if you were talking to us -- this is just for us to think together and get a handle on where things stand.

Why do you want bring EQ into your world?

Where do you envision doing this? In an organization, in your community as a whole? Why this audience, and what is your connection to the audience? For example, "Start with my daughter's youth group, because we already have strong connections to that circle..." or perhaps, "This will be for our entire county of some 3 million people because of 10 years as a community activist, I have the connections to enough movers and shakers to start at that level, and I'd rather go big!"

What have you done so far?

What do you have to work with? Who, what skills, what resources, what connections?

What are your commitments and feelings about this work? What are your inner motivations, your fears, your excitements? How committed are you? How do you know?

Setting it Up

Your next steps will be to define an initial plan and to figure out who will be involved. Generally I recommend that 3-6 people be involved in launching an EQ initiative. It will depend on the scope of the project... but doing it alone is too hard. On the other hand, having a huge leader group is also too hard.

Have you managed a project like this before? If you would like some ideas about project management, read this introduction.


Key Steps

As you launch your project, you probably will accomplish several key steps -- here are some of them, along with links in the toolbox to help you.

Develop a Leader Team

You may already have other people involved in your initiative, or maybe now it is time to get some allies. Read "Team Development" and consider how you are setting your team up.

Initial Plan

You will need to set some goals and objectives. Draft a project plan and set some initial "goalposts." Goal setting explains how to make goals actionable, and Fredrik's sample project plan can help you envision your steps. This list of Key Steps could be used as your initial project plan.

Leader Meetings

Start meeting with your leadership team, we sometimes call them the, "EQ Champions," and begin the work of planning. Remember that the process is the content, and so if you want to build EQ, start by building EQ.

Ensure that your leader meeting and community meetings are fabulous -- here are some meeting guidelines. Make sure that you have a specific agenda for each meeting, which is shared with everyone attending. After each meeting, quickly summarize the meeting, and write down commitments and agreements. I personally like to take my powerbook to meetings, and write the minutes in real time. For larger meetings, I use a data projector, and let people see what I am writing -- especially when it comes to action plans (commitments). Then, I take a few minutes the same day and "tune up" my notes, and email them ASAP. These minutes can be shared with everyone who was invited to the meeting.

Community Meetings

Early in the process, hold informational meetings to get people excited about EQ. Build concentric circles, starting with your leader team as the tightest circle. Then reach out to larger groups of stakeholders. Start with people who are already ready to be on board -- ideally you develop a group of "true believers" pretty quickly. You need different kinds of people to become involved -- other leaders, people willing to do the hard work, influencers, decision-makers, funders, spokespeople, and related experts. Your stakeholders will depend on the audience of your project; if it is a community-wide project, you will want people from all kinds of community organizations, such as local government, schools, community centers, museums, youth groups, police and fire departments, religious organizations, and foundations.

You want these initial presentations to be outstanding. You can go to the toolbox page and choose an activity and design the presentation. You can also bring in a guest speaker to set the stage for you. Later we will make a listing of dynamic EQ speakers, for now email and ask us.

Pilot Groups

We've found it much easier to ask to run a pilot project than to ask to run a new program. Depending on your audience, this might be a six month pilot. Plan to do a pre-assessment and a post-assessment, there are several EQ tools you can use for this, again email and ask us. It

For the pilot, you will need to have specific outcomes in mind, and deliver curriculum closely targeted toward those goals. For example, if you are using Self-Science, you might pick one or two of the goals, and deliver lessons on those goals.

It is critical that you find people to deliver the lessons who have the skills to do excellent EQ teaching. You can find training opportunities on the EQ Event Calendar, or look to Six Seconds' training courses.

Assessment

As you wrap up the first six months of your project, it is vital that you give yourself time for assessment. Look at your project plan, and see which objectives were and were not met.

What did you have or do that allowed you to be successful in some areas? What did you have or do that led you to not be successful in some areas?

Send a report on your results to all constituents, along with a new action plan.

Source: Joshua Freedman, Six Seconds EQ Network

Meet the Toolbox Authors.

Read about goal setting.

Consider how you want your project to practice EQ (not just teach EQ).