• Emotional Intelligence in Practice

    Emotional intelligence (EQ) is situated in the Limbic Brain, which determines 3/4 of all interpersonal interaction. Yet when we try to improve EQ, most of us focus on the Cognitive Brain, leading to limited results.


    We are experts in Limbic Brain learning, which learns experientially and not from books or presentations. Located in Silicon Valley, we help teams and organizations build emotional intelligence and resilience skills to enhance business performance.

  • Work with Us

    We create highly experiential, immersive learning labs that enable teams and organizations to build emotional intelligence and resilience by addressing the correct part of the brain - the Limbic Brain.

    EQ Labs™


    Enhancing emotional intelligence

    We create and run custom labs for our clients to develop and practice the five skill areas of emotional intelligence. The result is increased self awareness, more decision making power and an expanded ability to influence and manage critical relationships.

    EQ under Stress and


    Building resilience

    We help our clients build greater emotional resilience and expand their ability to manage through times of large change or high uncertainty. The result is a heightened interpersonal effectiveness and an increased capacity to embrace change and maintain creativity.

    EQ Applied in an

    Organizational Context

    Aligning behaviors and processes

    We help organizations align desired behaviors with organizational values and processes. The result is enhanced team performance and an expanded capacity to achieve desired cultural and strategic outcomes.


  • About EQ in Practice

    Developing Emotional Intelligence in an Organizational Context

    Why does EQ matter?

    EQ significantly impacts performance, especially at senior levels in an organization. In Daniel Goleman's research, EQ was twice as important as other factors for performance at all levels. Its importance increases at higher levels of a company. When comparing star performers in senior leadership positions with average ones, 90% of the difference was attributable to EQ (rather than cognitive abilities).

    How can EQ be developed?

    EQ is located in the limbic system. This is a group of forebrain structures that includes the hypothalamus, the amygdala and the hippocampus.


    Our custom EQ Labs™ are designed to address the Limbic Brain in the way the Limbic Brain learns: Experientially through repeated practice and feedback - as opposed to books, articles and lectures. Trying to build EQ cognitively does not work and reduces interpersonal effectiveness.

    What is EQ in practice?

    Emotional intelligence is a set of five skills, namely Self Awareness, Self Regulation, Motivation, Social Skills and Empathy. These skills enable leaders and teams to access high performance and enhance results. Each of these skill areas corresponds to a set of behaviors that can be observed, practiced and learned. Ultimately, EQ is the ability to influence and get things done with and through other people.

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  • Who We Are

    Our core team

    Lela Djakovic, CEO

    EQ Lab™ Development and Coaching

    Lela sees the possibilities in individuals, teams and organizations. She is always searching for the fastest and most effective way to build EQ and engineer lasting behavior change. Lela coaches within the Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and facilitates the popular elective "Interpersonal Dynamics" (aka Touchy Feely). She develops facilitators for women’s circles for their Women in Management Program and facilitates equine leadership programs at Stanford's Red Barn. She co-founded three other ventures in finance, software and cosmetics. Previously, she worked in leveraged finance and was a credit and commodity derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs in London. Lela holds an MBA from Stanford and a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Durham, England.

    Dennis Werkmeister

    Facilitation and Coaching

    Dennis helps clients identify how their behavioral patterns and beliefs impact the systems they manage, and then supports them to find ways to better align behaviors with desired impact. At the Stanford Graduate School of Business he facilitates the most popular elective, Interpersonal Dynamics (aka Touchy Feely), coaches within their Executive Education and MSx programs, and facilitates equine leadership programs at the Stanford Red Barn. Dennis draws on over 20 years of leadership experience in strategic Human Resources as a Director and VP of HR in large and medium-sized organizations within tech and bio-tech including Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Roche, Hyperion Solutions, and Tandem Computers.

    Leah Weiss, PhD

    Facilitation and Programming

    Leah is on an ongoing quest for the most effective ways to help clients build emotional resilience in themselves, their teams, and their organizations. She combines quality research with modalities from the mindfulness and compassion domains and creates practical applications for workplace environments. Leah teaches courses on mindful leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a Senior Teacher for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, which was founded by the Dalai Lama. She blogs for the Harvard Business Review and the Greater Good Science Center. Her book "How We Work" was published by HarperCollins in 2018. She holds degrees from Stanford University and Boston College.

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