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What is Relational Wisdom®?








Relational wisdom® (RW) is an enhanced form of “emotional intelligence” (EI), which is being used by corporations and medical schools, counselors and even NFL and Special Forces teams to improve professional performance, leadership skills and team effectiveness and productivity.


The definition of Relational Wisdom is the ability to discern emotions and interest in yourself and others and then interpret them in light of your own personal values and then to use those insights to manage your response and your relationships constructively.

Exploring Relational Wisdom 3.0 is a live seminar and an interactive online course that provides an introduction to the foundational principles, benefits and practical applications of relational wisdom.  There is also a Faith-based option of this Course known as Discovering Relational Wisdom 3.0 which includes same principles but includes the topic of Faith.

RW has been taught to nonprofits, social service agencies, business groups, counseling organizations, churches, law firms, construction and real estate companies, military and law enforcement personnel, and members of the U.S. Congress. When taught in a live setting, the content, illustrations, and applications may be presented in either a values-based (secular) or faith-based format and will be adjusted to suit the core values of the audience.


 The course includes these topics:

  • Benefits of relational wisdom  

  • The neurology of emotions and how they shape relational and leadership dynamics  

  • The six fundamental relational skills of RW  

  • Four basic acrostics (SOV, GPS, READ, SERVE) that make it easier to practice RW 

  • Five principles of effective conflict resolution 

  • How to develop a personal application plan for ongoing growth in RW


Students will leave a live seminar with a detailed study guide, a summary pamphlet for quick review of the key concepts, a personal growth plan, a smartphone app containing hundreds of articles and videos, and access to additional online materials to aid in practical application and further study. 

Two leading experts in emotional intelligence, Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, who have worked with dozens of Fortune 500 corporations, have conducted over 750,000 EI appraisals. Here is a sample of their conclusions (Emotional Intelligence 2.0, pages 19-22): 

  • Emotional intelligence (EI) accounts for 58% of performance in all types of jobs.  

  • It’s the single biggest predictor of performance in the workplace and the strongest driver of leadership and personal excellence.  

  • Ninety percent of top performers are also high in emotional intelligence.

  • Conversely, just 20% of bottom performers have high emotional intelligence. 

  • People with high EI make more money—typically $29,000 more per year—than people with low relational skills.

  • Every point increase in relational skills adds $1,300 to an annual salary.  

          These findings hold true for people in all industries, at all levels, throughout the world.  High emotional intelligence has been shown to correlate to enhanced empathy and communication skills, closer alignment with organizational values and goals, improved team cohesiveness, higher stress tolerance, greater flexibility to change, better balance between work and family life, less conflict, reduced staff turnover, improved job performance and advancement, higher customer satisfaction, increased efficiency, impact, and productivity, and even better health and recovery from illness. 

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