eQuu® Assessment Instructions

Your ethical intelligence is unique. And, unlike most other human intelligence metrics, it’s flexible and can be improved. The score you’ll receive, after taking this assessment, is a snapshot in time. It’s your score today. After study, reflection, and practice, you can retake the assessment and notice improvement. It's our desire that you use this assessment as a tool not only for information but also for making your part of the world a better place. Please visit our official website for additional information and resources. Direct any questions or comments you may have to john.opincar@boardroompartners.com.

This is an action-oriented or behavioral measurement assessment. As you evaluate each question or scenario, you may “know” the most “desirable behavior,” as currently defined by social mores. But, we, and you should also, want to understand your current behavior. For example, in one of our scenarios we ask if you would risk your life to save another. The most socially “desirable behavior” may be: "Yes, I would." But, given your current behavioral patterns, would you? We want to measure what you would do today. Risking your life to save another life may be the highest and best behavioral standard, but you may have your own family that needs you today. So, feel free to select a less admirable but nonetheless acceptable behavior, if it’s what you would actually do today. There are no right or wrong answers, only varying degrees of ethically intelligent answers. It's our hope and intention that this assessment will entice you to learn more about your ethical intelligence and resolve to work towards its improvement.

We invite you to set aside about 30 minutes of quiet time to take this assessment. It's designed as a thought-provoking experience. We know you'll find great value in contemplating the answers to the questions. These are your questions and answers. Carpe Diem!

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Please Note: You MUST complete the contact information question in order to save your results. You may leave the Organization Code blank unless you have been given a specific code. We will send your eQuu results to the e-mail address you have provided. 

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. You happen upon a flaming car involved in a freeway accident. The gas tank is dripping gas onto the freeway, but there is an unconscious pregnant woman trapped in the car. The car is rapidly filling with smoke. You jump out of your truck and find the door jammed. There are many other people who have also stopped to look. No one is doing anything to help. So, you . . .

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* 3. You’re running a very successful medical research organization that employs over 5,000 people. Your organization consists of scientists, medical doctors, laboratory technicians, skilled machinists, and thousands of lesser educated, but essential, support staff. You’ve received a survey from a prestigious research organization looking into organizational culture. One of the questions is asking you to rank the importance of classes of employees to the organization’s success. The choices are shown below. Please answer who's most important to the organization's success.

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* 4. Your honors-student son has just arrived home from choir practice. After a quiet dinner, you invite him to the study for a talk. Earlier today, his high school counselor called to discuss a problem. It seems Brett has been leaving school an hour early over the past week. When confronted by the absenteeism, Brett reported that he was helping you at the office, which you know is not true. The counselor requested you come to the office first thing in the morning and sign a form attesting to Brett’s report. If you don’t, your-about-to-graduate-son will receive unexcused absences for the missed days, which will have a negative impact on his grades and will become a permanent mark on his high school record. When confronted, Brett admits leaving early four days in a row to help a fellow student prepare for a required graduation examination. The next morning, knowing the school has a zero-tolerance policy on unexcused absences, you arrive at the counselor’s office and . . .

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* 5. In the past week, how many times have you done something for or given something to someone who could never repay you or return the favor?

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* 6. Considering the past year, how many times have you mistakenly crossed the line between right and wrong? In other words, you were over the line before you knew it.

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* 7. If someone was to survey the people who know you best, they would describe you as . .

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* 8. Over the course of your life, how many truly worthless people have you known or encountered?

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* 9. The last time you encouraged someone was . . .

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* 10. Your manager has sent you to the company’s records storage facility to retrieve some documents needed in a lawsuit. The facility is located in a rundown mostly abandoned part of the city. You park your car and begin the short walk to the facility. As you pass an alleyway, you encounter a youngish looking homeless man crouching in an alleyway. He’s wearing a filthy hoodie while drinking from a brown paper sack. He’s surrounded by garbage, and you spot what looks like an old mattress that serves as his bed. You can even smell the man’s body odor from 20 feet away. Suddenly, your mind is filled with thoughts about the man, the most important of which is . . .

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* 11. The rightness or wrongness of an action or inaction is . . .

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* 12. Your ethical comfort zone . . .

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* 13. You are the CEO of a NYSE global mining equipment company. You and your team have been in the capital city of a foreign country for a week negotiating with the country’s president for one of the largest sales in your firm’s history. After signing the contract and a celebratory dinner, you retire to your room for the evening because it’s wheels up early in the morning. You hear a faint knock on the door. Upon looking out, you see an attendant with a dessert cart. Upon opening the door, the “model” quickly pushes the cart inside the room locks the door and sheds what little clothing remains. Upon your inquiry, you learn the “model” is a personal gift from the president who wants to assure your physical comfort and satisfaction the final night in his country. Your mind is racing with possibilities as you try to sort out courses of action and consequences. You quickly determine the three most important relationships between you and others in the scenario are . . .

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* 14. How many times have you complained today?

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* 15. If you were asked to describe your relationship with your mother or mother figure in a few words, you would say . . .

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* 16. Looking back over your life, how many people have hurt you so badly that you can't forgive them?

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* 17. You’re sitting across the desk from your long-time personal banker negotiating a mortgage on your dream home. The banker says, “Judy, we’ve approved your mortgage, and we’re prepared to go to closing. But, because of your credit problems a few years ago, the interest rate is two points higher than the current market rate. If you could show an extra $19,000 in annual income, we can get it down to market, and you’ll save more than $50,000 over the life of the loan. So, just initial this change on the application, and we’ll be good to go. You think about it, then you . . .

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* 18. Over the past month, how many times have you compared your life to others?

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* 19. You've been chief engineering officer for three months now. At 36 years of age, you are the youngest person to ever hold this position in this worldwide engineering company. But, you're getting a lot of push-back from the older more experienced engineers in your organization. You’re having a meeting with Bill, a man who's been with the company 31 years and is nearing retirement. He is resisting your request that he incorporate a computer-designed component in a bridge structure the company has been using for years. Bill insists on using the tried-and-tested component. You . . .

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* 20. How many times this week have you added value to someone?

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* 21. How many people do you hate today?

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* 22. Your team has just successfully completed a high-profile project, and you’re out celebrating the victory. You’re not sure how, but you’re just now waking up in a strange hotel room in bed with one of your teammates. When you arrive at home, your spouse asks where you’ve been. You,

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* 23. "Yes sir! Yes sir! I get it!" You've just completed a very heated discussion with the vice president of finance who is livid that your department is holding up the quarterly close. You're late because your inventory guy, Ivan, can't reconcile a large increase in inventory. You order Ivan to give you a final number right now! Six weeks later, it comes out that Ivan's inventory number was incorrect, and, because of the error, your company substantially overstated reported earnings. You are now on the phone with the vice president of finance again who is angrily demanding to know who was responsible for the error. You…

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* 24. Including family, friends, co-workers, and complete strangers, how often do you seriously question the motivations behind their actions?

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* 25. Over the past week, how many times have you retreated to that safe place within you and found peace and comfort?

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* 26. Over the past century, many scientific experiments have demonstrated that we humans are all interconnected. This is true of quantum physics, especially considering the principle of entanglement. Many spiritual and religious traditions also contain this belief. For example, "one tree, many branches." The law of karma is another example. How much of your actions touch the lives of others, considering even those you do in private?

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* 27. The doorbell rings, and you go to your apartment door and look out the peephole. You see a well-dressed woman holding a bouquet of flowers. You open the door and ask the reason for her visit. She tearfully explains that she is the mother that abandoned you so many years ago. The woman goes on to explain why she left you to grow up in a foster home. She apologizes over and over again.  Then, she asks your forgiveness. As she speaks, your heart is filled with . . .

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* 28. Over the past six months, how many people have thanked you for helping them?

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* 29. You’re in the attic of your childhood home going through many boxes and trunks containing your family’s keepsakes. Your mother and father have both passed away, and it’s all yours. Suddenly, you come upon a trunk full of your father’s college papers. You’re stunned to see the high grades and complimentary comments, especially a paper about Socrates. Then, it hits you. These papers could help you graduate from college with honors, especially since you’re having to work full time while getting your degree. You’re especially thrilled because you have a philosophy paper due at the end of this week. You excitedly decide to . . .

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* 30. When you look into a mirror. You see . . .

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* 31. Thinking over the past week, how many times have you lied or "stretched" the truth?

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* 32. You might be ethically intelligent, if . . .

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* 33. You’re out with a colleague having lunch at a popular restaurant. A young man walks up to your table and excitedly greets your colleague. Your colleague says, “Emil” I wouldn’t have recognized you if you hadn’t introduced yourself." Emil becomes emotional and says, “I just wanted to thank you for believing in me so many years ago when I didn’t believe in myself. You saw something that was hidden even to me. So, thank you! You changed my life!” You . . .

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* 34. It's the end of a long hard day, and you've settled into a comfortable chair drinking your favorite beverage. You reflect on the day's activities considering how much you gave to others compared to how much you received from others that day. Over the past month, as you paused to reflect, how often did you feel like you received more than you gave?

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* 35. During the average day, how many times do you express gratitude for someone or something in your life?

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* 36. You’re waiting in line to pay for your groceries, and the woman in front of you is having a problem getting any of her payment cards to work. She has two misbehaving children in the shopping cart causing quite a stir. The people behind you in line are saying rude things under their breath. You . . .

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* 37. Your co-workers are complaining about the company. You . . .

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* 38. Today is the big day! The hospital administrator is about to announce the new Director of Nursing for the hospital. You know you are the most qualified candidate. You completed your Master’s degree, and your ICU unit has gotten the highest rating three years in a row. You’ve even visualized yourself in the role. And, then, you learn your less-qualified colleague received the promotion. You are very disappointed. So, you . . .

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* 39. You suffered through a contested divorce that you initiated many years ago. Your ex-spouse got custody of your elementary-school-aged children by making several untrue and very hurtful claims about you during the divorce proceedings. As a result of those claims, your relationship with your children was rocky for many years. It’s now 25 years later, and you’ve painstakingly rebuilt your relationships with your adult children. But, your ex-spouse continues to tell those old lies about you. You’ve never revealed the real reason for the divorce because it would destroy your ex-spouse’s relationship with your children. But, you’re really tired of the lies and the damage they inflict on your reputation, so you decide to . . .

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* 40. Now that you've completed the test and in a few sentences, please describe how you feel right now.

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