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  47853270.jpg (2574 bytes)  TAKE THE EQ FOUNDATION
This Internet course is interactive, self-paced distance learning.  12 lessons, with workbook including field work, action points, applications, explanations, journaling, Q & A.

This course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of emotional intelligence --neuroscience, where emotions come from and how they work, research by noted names in the field such as Goleman, Mayer, Salovey, Seligman and Siebert, the different competencies and what they look like in real life, and how ti develop your EQ competencies in different areas.

Combined with coaching, you will be able to improve your emotional intelligence.

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes)  MOST DESIRED TRAITS ARE EQ-RELATED
A recent survey of American employees reveals the following about entry-level hires:  Of seven desired traits, six involve social competencies--only one is academic in nature.  Oral communication, interpersonal skills and teamwork abilities are the most highly sought-after skills.  EQ Trait:  Interpersonal Skills

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes)  WE WANT ETHICS
An Ethics Resource Center study found that 90% of employees value leaders with integrity as highly as they value income.  EQ trait:  Authenticity, Values, Ethics

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes)  ANGER COSTS  A recent Institute research study published in the Journal of Advancement of Medicine shows that even a 5 minute episode of recalling an angry experience can suppress the immune system for as much as 6 hours.  The converse is also true.  Attitudes like appreciation, care, gratitude, and compassion significantly boost immune system strength.  The more our system is balanced, the more intuitive insight we're capable of.--intuition that can anticipate problems before they turn ugly."  ["Neutralizing Workplace Stress," by Bruce Cryer]  EQ Trait:  Anger Management, Constructive Discontent

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes)  OPTIMISM RULES
How people respond to setbacks - optimistically or pessimistically - is a fairly accurate indicator of how well they will succeed in school, in sports and in certain kinds of work. People with an optimistic view of life tend to treat obstacles and setbacks as temporary and therefore surmountable. Pessimists take them personally; what others see as fleeting, localized impediments, they view as pervasive and permanent." – Time Magazine  EQ trait:  Optimism, Resilience

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes)  TRUST YOUR GUTS/INTUITION IS "IN"
"Intuition" is one of those good words that has gotten a bad rap. For some reason, intuition has become a "soft" notion. Garbage! Intuition is the new physics. It's an Einsteinian, seven-sense, practical way to make tough decisions. Bottom line, circa 2001 to 2010: The crazier the times are, the more important it is for leaders to develop and to trust their intuition. – Tom Peters, FAST COMPANY  EQ trait:  Intuition, 'Gut Feeling'

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes)  FORGIVE YOUR MISTAKES
Leaders make mistakes, and make no bones about it.  Nobody -- repeat, nobody -- gets it right the first time. Most of us don't get it right the second, third, or fourth time either. Winston Churchill said it best: "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." Churchill blew one assignment after another -- until he came up against the big one and saved the world.  Tom Peters, FAST COMPANY  EQ Trait:  Being adamantly and relentlessly self-forgiving

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes)  SHOW YOUR EMOTIONS
Leaders wear their passion on their sleeve. There's absolutely no question in my mind: Leaders dream in Technicolor. They see the world in brighter colors, sharper images, and higher resolution. Leadership, in the end, is all about having energy, creating energy, showing energy, and spreading energy. Leaders emote, they erupt, they flame, and they have boundless (nutty) enthusiasm. And why shouldn't they? The cold logic of it is unassailable: If you do not love what you're doing, if you do not go totally bonkers for your project, your team, your customers, and your company, then why in the world are you doing what you're doing? And why in the world would you expect anybody to follow you?  Tom Peters, FAST COMPANY  EQ Trait:  Emotional Management!

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes)  BE "SOFT", SHOW YOU CARE  Leaders show they care. Hatim Tyabji, who was at one time the soft-spoken, charismatic CEO of Verifone, once traveled from South Africa to Colorado -- on his way to Norway -- to give a one-hour presentation at a conference of just 30 people. Why? Because three months prior to that engagement, before all of the other trips had even been booked, he had promised to be there. I guarantee that people paid uncompromising attention to his one-hour talk, because he showed uncompromising leadership by showing up.  --Mark McCormack, sports agent  EQ Trait:  Interpersonal Skills

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes)  FOCUS ON THE "SOFT" STUFF FOR "HARD" RESULTS
Focus on the soft stuff --  People. Values. Character. Commitment. A cause. All of the stuff that was supposed to be too goo-goo to count in business. Yet, it's the stuff that real leaders take care of first. And forever. That's why leadership is an art, not a science.

If leadership were just about hitting your numbers, about driving the troops to meet their quotas, then leadership would just be a math problem. But leadership is a human mystery.  --Tom Peters, FAST COMPANY  EQ Skills:  Solving the human mystery.  :)

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes)  MAKE MEANING -- LEAD!
Leaders make meaning.  John Seely Brown, the former head of ceaselessly innovative Xerox PARC, nailed it, especially for these totally insane times: "A leader's job isn't just to make decisions and to make products or services. A leader's job is also to make meaning." Why? Because in times like these, people depend on their leaders to absorb all of the chaos, all of the information, all of the change, and to find some meaningful pattern and compelling purpose in the midst of all of the splatter.  --Tom Peters, FAST COMPANY
EQ Traits:  Intentionality, Authenticity, Stress Management, Values

According to FEDEX, its best leaders share nine personal attributes--which the company defines with remarkable specificity. FEDEX also has a system for rating aspiring leaders on whether they possess these attributes. 

  • Charisma.  Conveys strong sense of mission.  Instills faith and trust.

  • Individual Consideration.  Coaches, advises, and teaches people who need it.  Actively listens and gives indication of listening.  Gives newcomers a lot of help.

  • Intellectual stimulation.  Gets others to use reason and evidence, rather than unsupported opinion. Enables others to think about old problems in new ways. Communicates in a way that forces others to rethink ideas that they had never questioned before.

  • Courage.  Willing to stand up for ideas even if they are unpopular. Does not give into others' opinions in order to avoid confrontation. Will do what's right for the company and for employees even if it causes personal hardship.
  • Dependability.  Follows through and keeps promises. Takes responsibility for actions and accepts responsibility for mistakes. Works well independently of the boss.
  • Flexibility.  Functions effectively in changing environments. When a lot of issues hit at once, handles more than one problem at a time. Changes course when the situation warrants it.
  • Integrity.  Does what is morally and ethically right. Does not abuse management privileges. Is a consistent role model.
  • Judgment.  Reaches sound and objective evaluations of alternative courses of action through logic, analysis and comparison. Puts facts together rationally and realistically. Uses past experience and information to bring perspective to present decisions.
  • Respect for others.  Honors and does not belittle the opinions and work of other people, regardless of their status or position.

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes) HOW DO YOU REACH YOUR POTENTIAL? 
"Personal development is your springboard to personal excellence. Ongoing, continuous, non-stop personal development literally assures you that there is no limit to what you can accomplish." - Brian Tracy, American Trainer, Speaker, Author, Businessman

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes) HOW DO YOU SAY "EQ COACHING" EN ESPANOL? 
Ofrece coaching personal y cursos de Internet sobre inteligencia emotional (EQ).  El "EQ" puede ser mas importante para su felicidad y exito que su inteligencia y es posible aprender y desarrollarla.  Contactame a para mas informacion, por favor.  Me gustaria ayudarle con transiciones de carrera, communicacion, equilibrio personal y profesional y mas.  Ofrece una consulta GRATUITA de coaching.

We have coaches who are fluent in both emotional intelligence and Spanish ready to help you reach your goals.

These are coaches I have personally trained with backgrounds in business, management, and entrepreneurship.   

EMAIL ME for more information.

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes) DOWN UNDER?
We have a presence in Australia and it's growing!  EQ is big in Oz.  Coaches with backgrounds in business and counseling.  Familiar with the new Australian emotional intelligence test, SUEIT, developed by Professor Con Stough, Adelaide.  

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes) LOOKING FOR EQ IN BEIJING and VICINITY?   
Ask us for EQ trainers and presenters in China.  Dalida Turkovic, trained and certified in our EQ Alive! Program can help you!

EMAIL ME for more information. 

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Books to Advance Your Life & EQ
by Susan G. Dunn, The EQl Coach
A General Theory of Love (Vintage)
by Thomas Lewis, et al

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
probably the best book you can read about love, in the real sense of the term

Emotional Intelligence
by Daniel Goleman

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
EQ - next to your health, this may make the difference between a good and a sad life & actually it affects your health as well!

Now, Discover Your Strengths
by Marcus Buckingham, Donald O., Ph.D. Clifton

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
a must-read; you'll probably be amazed at what you find out!

Have  you read

 "Learned Optimism" by Martin Seligman, Ph.D.

Highly recommended!


Sector 7 (Caldecott Honor Books, 2000)
by David Wiesner (Illustrator)

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
brain candy!

The Biology of Love
by Arthur Janov

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
a great football player knows where to run by instinct; if he had to think about it, he wouldn't be that good. just full of fascinating brain theory.


In most cases we can clear things up in one session.

EMAIL for a time, or call 210-496-0678.

Call when you can't figure out what to do.

47853270.jpg (2574 bytes) WHAT SUSAN'S CLIENTS ARE SAYING


"True love is loving someone until they can love themselves."           
          -- Maya Angelou 

Appreciating the miracle you are as you love people until they can love themselves. 

Blessings of love,


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"Oh, I get it.  Emotional intelligence is just good old common sense with a sense of humor thrown in."  --Clyde Makin, Atlanta, GA.


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Eight Keys to Greatness : How to Unlock Your Hidden Potential
by Gene N. Landrum

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
greatness can be learned

Women Who Run With the Wolves : Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Susan G. Dunn's comments:

stretch your mind on these myths and this book isn't just for women

Oh, the Places You'll Go!
by Seuss, Dr. Seuss
List Price: $17.00

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
life is full of new beginnings -- with childlike wisdom dr. seuss informs!

Being comfortable with your "inner child" is very much a part of emotional intelligence.

I Wear My Tutu Everywhere (All Aboard Books)
by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, et al

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
it's never too late and you're never too old to 'wear your tutu everywhere' -- in your mind, if not in reality. have a passion!


If you're in a midlife transition, let me help you make it grand!  Call for ONE coaching session!
210-496-0678 or EMAIL.  

It's Only Too Late If You Don't Start Now: How to Create Your Second Life at Any Age
by Barbara Sher

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
everything IS about to be new again!

I work night till 11 pm CST and weekends, for your convenience.  No coaching contract is required.  If you need one, ask.  Most things can be cleared up in one session.

I happen to revere Vince Lombardi.  He had values.
He made demands.
He asked for the best from his players.

Strive to Excel : The Will and Wisdom of Vince Lombardi
by Jennifer Briggs (Compiler), Vince Lombardi (Compiler)

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
i love vince lombardi; what an inspirational man. i love his mental toughness and his power to inspire. keep it by your bedside and read a quote a day.

No one understood human nature like Shakespeare.  


The Tragedy of King Lear (The New Folger Library Shakespeare)
by William Shakespeare, et al

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
no one, NO ONE has ever known human nature like shakespeare did. who can you trust? how do you forgive? read on ...

Sounding the Soul : Listening to the Psyche
by Mary Lynn Kittelson

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
a kind, gentle book, so important for voice and phone work. Hear what she has to say and it will resonate through you like a tuning fork.

Don't be left out in the fog.  Take on coaching session and see how it works.  Subscribe to EQ @ Work
47853270.jpg (2574 bytes) MANAGERS, TRAINERS
Learn how to coach emotional intelligence.  Our coaching school, EQ in ACTION has the training and tools you need.  Visit for more information.

We also design individual programs for accelerated learning.

Learn how to coach emotional intelligence.  Our coaching school, EQ in ACTION has the training and tools you need.  Go HERE more information.

Some compelling evidence that your blood type matters!


Eat Right for Your Type
by Peter J., Dr. D'Adamo, et al
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Susan G. Dunn's comments:

 Theory is fascinating too. 4 blood types and millions of people? why??

Learn how to coach emotional intelligence.  Our coaching school, EQ in ACTION has the training and tools you need.  Visit EQ ALIVE for more information.

We also design individual programs for accelerated learning.

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess : The Conflict Between Word and Image
by Leonard Shlain

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
should be at the top of the list - you'll learn all about history, art, psychology, philosophy, religion, politics, economics while moving from left to right brain and love every moment of it

Art & Physics : Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light
by Leonard Shlain

Susan G. Dunn's comments:
this is the information age and if you want to know a lot quickly, take this fascinating romp through history


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