Innovative Tools for Change

Six Seconds publishes robust, effective assessments to measure what matters — plus a deep bench of curriculum and learning aids that work with the tools.  We’ve created two lines of assessments that make the invisible, visible: SEI and VS.

Vital Signs (VS) tools provide a business framework for doing the EQ work. They use business language and make it easy for quantitatively oriented leaders to begin talking about the people-side of performance (and there is a set for education).

Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence (SEI) tools provide a compelling view of current capabilities and a map toward growth. A complete range of SEI tools to go from introduction to transformation make this toolset ideal for integrating EQ in systems.

SEI: Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment

The SEI tools measure key emotional intelligence competencies that drive influence, decision making, effectiveness, relationships, health, and quality of life.  Based on the powerful Six Seconds Model, these tools offer tremendous insight — but even better, they provide a process-framework to APPLY EQ to increase performance.

Brain Profiles:  Insightful 1-page snapshots into how your brain works, your top talents, and more. The Profiles are an ideal way to start measuring EQ because they distill the full power of the robust SEI assessment into a super-simple tool that is still profound and reliable.


SEI:  Self-Assess the eight EQ competencies that drive people-performance in a context of key performance outcomes (effectiveness, relationships, wellbeing, quality of life).  What is your level of emotional intelligence? Where are your strengths and how do you apply them?  What weaknesses are blocking your people-performance and how do you develop?


SEI360:  Get accurate feedback about the way you’re using your EQ competencies.  How are your EQ skills coming across to key stakeholders?  Are your supervisors, colleagues, direct reports, and other business partners seeing your strengths — and if not, where are the gaps?


SEI-YV and pYV:  Create a snapshot of a child’s current EQ skills and a framework for growth.  How are children developing in these key social-emotional domains?  How do they see their performance in life and school?  What competencies can they use to fuel key life and school outcomes?

VS: Vital Signs of Organizational Effectiveness

PDF overview of the Vital Signs Toolkit

A rapid, accurate check of operational “vital signs,” these tools put people on the dashboard.  Invaluable in change and transformation, these tools provide baseline data and measure ROI while they save time and money by focusing implementation efforts. The Vital Signs tools all use a practical model in simple business language; the five drivers are Motivation, Teamwork, Change, Execution, and Trust.

LVS – Leadership Vital Signs:  Get insight on your EQ and how it impacts your leadership. Which aspects of leadership performance are in play?  Are you strong in all four quadrants of operational excellence (Strategy, People, Organization, Operation)?  How are you creating and leveraging trust?


TVS – Team Vital Signs:  Create a snapshot of your team’s challenges and opportunities for growth. To what extent is the team more than a collection of individuals? Where is the team aligned and misaligned, and what are the key drivers for building team performance?


OVS – Organization Vital Signs:  Get insight on your organization’s vital signs. What is the organizational climate? To what degree are various organizational units aligned?  What’s the real story on how employees are connecting with the company, leaders, strategy and vision?


EVS – Education Vital Signs:  Are you creating an optimal context for learning?  Are students, teachers, administrators, parents “on the same page”?  How are the relationships affecting the school’s results?


Michael Miller