I’ve had several coaching sessions using the new EQ-i 2.0 recently and I’m so blown away by how much more engaging and helpful it can be at really helping people get to the bottom of things. “Oh, come on,” you’re saying, “it can’t be that much better than the original?” “Oh, yes it can,” I say. It’s not just the colour, although because it’s attractive, you spend more time looking at it ;-) It’s not just the enhanced model, although the model makes much more sense to clients. It’s not just the “Balancing EI” section, however, this section is extremely powerful for coaching.
I always taught about the importance of balancing EI in the EQ-i 2.0 certification course, but it really took experience and practice to be able to pick out problematic imbalances and determine how they acted as barriers to clients moving forward. Now, it’s right there in the report itself. Not only does it indicate the imbalance, but it points out why it’s important for the two competencies to work together.
Additionally, there is one page of the client report devoted to each of the 15 EQ competencies with such sections as, “What Your Score Means”, “Impact at Work”, “Strategies for Action”, and finally, “Balancing EI.” The coaches report still has all the validity indicators you have grown to know and love, but they are more ‘loveable’ now ;-) They have been made much more simple and easy to understand. There are no more confusing correction factors and comments about possible lack of validity based on Negative and Positive Impression Scale scores. There are still Negative and Positive Impression indicators, but it’s accomplished in a much simpler way that provides more interpretive assistance to the coach.
One of my favourite features is having the items with responses right in the Coaches Report. I, and I assume many others as well, had been requesting this feature for many years and now it’s a reality. No more additional support tools and having to transfer responses from the back of the report to an ‘analysis guide.’ It makes me smile when someone makes the comment that the EQ-i 2.0 is a ‘self-report’ assessment, as if that is a criticism, when really, it’s what makes it so special.