Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

2017 has been an exciting year for us here at The EQ Development Group, and we hope it has been for you too! The run up to Christmas and the holiday season can be a frantic time for sure, and we are in the process of getting things wrapped up.

Visits with family and friends, food to cook, gifts to buy, and work to get finished up all come together at the same time. With so much going on, it’s a great time to keep your EQ in mind and take care of yourself and others. With that thought, I wanted to share an amazing piece written by a friend and colleague, Sarah Spradlin over at Vitruvian Advantage.


Twas the night before Christmas and all through the towns, families were stressing and having meltdowns. The stores full of conflict despite valid reason; effective communication was sold out for the season. Although empathy and objectivity were part of the act, arrogance and impulsivity threw it all out of whack.

Shoppers returned home to prepare the big night, but adults couldn’t agree and they continued to fight. So children sat silent alone with a phone, while interpersonal skills dwindled, self-expression monotone.

Santa himself watched from above in his sleigh. “These folks need some help before they completely lose their way!”

When what to my wondering eyes did appear…emotional intelligence, authentic and sincere. Self-perception, emotional expression, interpersonal skills abound – while effective decision making and stress management turned the town upside down.

And all of the sudden and out of the blue, the towns people were aware – and life was anew! The children began to put down their phones, playing together with minimal groans. They started to speak and express their delight; they worked out their problems and relent any spite. Parents maintained their opposing perspective, but deliberated with poise and became more reflective.

As the night grew dark and the towns people slept, Santa peered down and he practically wept. “If we all take the time to become self-aware, the holiday spirit will echo the air. If Emotional Intelligence can change this small town, resilience is possible for all those around!”

By Sarah Spradlin.


Big thanks to Sarah for sharing this with us, and for letting us share her work with you.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday, and a healthy, prosperous 2018, from all of us here at The EQ Development Group!

See you next year!

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