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Previously I blogged about EQ (Emotional Intelligence) and its critical impact on your success in life (personal and professional). A couple of days ago I wrote a blog about Act or React and the importance of being aware of the mechanism of reaction – stopping the automatic reaction when our buttons are pushed…

Today I’m giving you a chance to “test yourself” 🙂
By becoming aware of how you think and help you understand what conditions positively and negatively affect your thoughts, you will be able to listen to your personal advisors and make better decisions. The STEP Model provides an opportunity to select words and phrases that describe how you communicate in different situations and help you to…
–> Understand what motivates you in different situations
–> Use words to describe how you are in those situations
–> Use your self-awareness to hear your personal advisors and make better choices

Select a situation as the focus for your self-assessment. For example, a work situation might be handling customers on the phone or leading a team or teaching a skill. A home situation might be dealing with your teenager about using your vehicle (or if you are the teenager – dealing with your parent about staying out late on a Saturday night 🙂 )
Select and circle a total of five words or phrases from all columns that best describe the way you communicate in that siuation. Any combination is possilbe including the seclection of all five words in one column.

Stable, Cooperative, Specialist, Laid Back, Feeling secure
Thorough, Questioning, Perfectionist, Unemotional, Doing things right
Emotional, Outgoing, People oriented, Talkative, Being liked
Pusher, Assertive, Controlling, Quick, Getting results

Total the number of items (phrases or words) you circled in each of the four columns (S-T-E-P).

The column with the highest point total (or if tied with another column) represents your communication style in that specific situation your chose. Stable – Thorough – Emotional – or – Pusher. Then contact me (see CoachLars) with your result and I will, free of charge, give you information that shows the relationship between each STEP style and emotionally intelligent thinking and examples/describers how you think, feel, and comunicate in situations that are motivating and positive, situations that tend to be most satisfying and stimulating to you, situations that tend to be irritating and annoying and cause you to disconnect from all your advisors, especially the logical advisor and finally, give you the warning signals that describe your emotions and thoughts when you are reacting automatically.

Go ahead – do the self-assessment – and get in touch with me. It’s FREE, it’s fun and it’s an eye-opening exercise! Get to know yourself a little better and be more effective in every day situations!

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Lars – Transition & Retirement Coach

Certified Retirement Coach


March 2011
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