Short on Thailand:  

Thailand officially the Kingdom of Thailand  is the world’s 51st-largest country in terms of total area and is the 20th-most-populous country, with around 64 million people. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, which is Thailand’s political, commercial, industrial and cultural hub. Thailand experienced rapid economic growth between 1985 and 1996, and is presently a newly industrialized country and a major exporter. Tourism also contributes significantly to the Thai economy.

Leif Thomas Olsen is a certified EQi 2.0 user who lives in Thailand. Leif has been a friend for many years and has lived in several countries in Asia for many, many years. Leif has a long term interest in people and Emotional Intelligence and how we can bring the ideas of EI training to as many people as possible in many different languages.

As opposed to IQ or personality, EQ skills are unique in that we can all learn to become more emotionally intelligent and more successful in what we want to do and how to reach our goals. Kandidata Asia in Singapore has run training programs in EI for over 10 years and our courses are highly appreciated and sought after. After being a certified EQi user Thomas saw the need to develop programs in local languages where people can get guidance and learn how to improve their EQ skills. I asked him to following questions:

  1. How well known and how accepted do you feel that EI is in Thailand??

The concept of EQ seems to be well understood by most English speaking professionals. But what it entails may be less well known, as ‘EI/EQ’ can give rise to just as many questions as it suggests answers.

In order to reach out to a larger population I  believe it will be very important to have access to Thai translations of EI assessments and programs.

2. Please describe how you are using the EQi?

Based on the documentation surrounding the EQi 2.0, I have developed a 16-modules training program, aimed at giving participants (from university students and ‘up’) a better understanding of what EI is, and how it can affect both ‘the self’ and those around. The program is designed to involve 20-40 participants per batch. Each module discusses one subscale, in terms of content , meaning, culture and ‘balance’.The modular approach is chosen in order to facilitate translation to local languages.

The cultural aspect is meant to help the participant to reflect over his/her own cultural relationship to the subscale in question, rather than assuming that ‘the literature’ will give the ‘correct answer’.

The main focus is however on balance, making individual score-levels less important, instead turning the focus to how one can go about narrowing unnecessarily wide gaps between subscale scores.

Although all material describing ‘situations’ and ‘scenarios’ is in third person, taking the test is a pre-requisite for the participant, to adequately relate to the content. Without one’s own test-scores, the program may come out as abstract, but with one’s own test-cores in hand, the overall picture develops for one’s inner view during the modules. Personal counselling will be offered on a parallel – to those who so wish.

Without a personal interest to participate it will not be beneficial. With a personal interest to participate, it intends to be both inexpensive and flexible – not only in terms of when modules be accessed, but also in terms of which modules to attend and which languages it can be offered in.

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