In early February this early I had the opportunity to meet the CEO of 6 Seconds, Joshua Freedman, who is not only on the main pioneers of Emotional Intelligence over the last 30 years, but also the author of 'At the Heart of Leadership' and 'Inside Change'. I attended the 6 Seconds Emotional Intelligence Practioner Certification week in London and was amazed by his enthusiasm and dedication to the cause of Emotional Intelligence.
It was quite an honour to listen to his words and to be inspired by his message. In his book 'At the Heart of Leadership' he talks about being a Father, a topic I am particular interested in being the Father of two young boys myself. In this Appendix he offers special advice for Dad's to really listen to their children, to be present and to see how much you can learn from your children, as much as you might teach them.
Joshua also points out that it is not important to have it all figured out, but what is important is giving of yourself freely to your children in a way that they realise they are cared for and loved. When I met Joshua I had recently finished his book and found myself feeling really cared for during my week in London. His words, tone and genuine message where lived just as much as said.
I feel like we all need more emotional connection in our lives and the week gave me many tools and philosophies that I now bring to my work as a Personal Development Consultant. I feel this is the right time for Emotional Intelligence to be treated as a serious topic in the workplace and not seen as a fad or another easy fix. With more and more people facing uncertainty, change and a lack of clarity about their direction, my work here is important. The week also gave us an opportunity to create and develop a noble goal. Mine, I realised, was 'to create an open space, where others can show up as the best version of themselves.' Of course, this statements for me reflects, my desire to become and develop into the best version of myself. Through active listening, being in the moment with others and remaining genuine, honesty and compassionate, I aim to live this Noble Goal with all my clients, friends, family, wife and my two sons.
I asked Joshua to sign my books before the week was out and while on my flight home to Vienna, I read his personal messages to me and was once again inspired. In particular, Joshua wrote "I'm delighted you have joined the Six Seconds community - with Resonance, Clarity and Authentic voice to enliven this work." It was after that moment and those words that 'Resonant Personal Development' came into existence. I aim to Resonant however I can. To be the better and eventually best version of myself.
I look forward to helping you become more Resonant.
David Corcoran is a Executive Voice Coach. He helps people take responsibility for their communication. This Blog contains his regular musings, thoughts and ideas. He is based in Vienna, Austria.