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 equu@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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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. Over the past month or so, how often have you retreated to that safe place within you and found peace and comfort?

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* 3. 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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* 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. 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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* 6. You’re waiting in line to pay for your groceries, and the unkempt woman in front of you is having a problem getting any of her payment cards to work. She has two disheveled and 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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* 7. 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 directive to reduce headcount by 10%. Senior leadership has tasked you with ranking the importance of classes of employees to your organization’s success. The choices are shown below. Please answer who's most important to the organization's success.

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* 8. Thinking back over the past six months or so, how often has someone thanked you for helping them?

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

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

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

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* 15. Thinking over the past year, how often have you done something for or given something to someone who could never repay you or return the favor?

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

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* 17. 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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* 18. The rightness or wrongness of an action or inaction is . . .

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* 19. Thinking back over the last month or so, during the average day, how often have you expressed gratitude for someone or something in your life?

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* 20. Thinking back over the past month or so, how often in an average week have you added value to someone?

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* 21. 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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* 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 married teammates. As team leader, you contemplate your next course of action. You . . .

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

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* 24. 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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* 25. Rama, your manager, has called you into her office. She says, “Dinesh, as part of our preparation for promoting you to our Dallas headquarters, we’ve enrolled you in an online MBA program. It’s fast-paced. You start class on Monday. Good luck.” You’re grateful for the opportunity, but your written English is not so good, and you’re worried about the online response posting and the written assignments. So, you talk to Rama, and she agrees the company will pay for a coach. You hire a coach, and she says she’ll take care of everything. She’ll do all your posting, and she’ll even prepare your written assignments. All you have to do is the technical stuff because she knows very little about business. In other words, you need to give her content, and she’ll translate it into excellent written English. After making the arrangements, you are concerned about crossing an ethical line. So, you . . .

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* 26. Over the past month or so, how often have you compared your life to others?

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* 27. "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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* 28. 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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* 29. Considering the past year, how often 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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* 30. Looking back over your life, how many people have hurt you so badly that you can't forgive them?

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* 31. 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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* 32. Thinking back over the past month or so, how often have you complained on an average day?

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

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* 34. 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. There are many other people who have also stopped to look. No one is doing anything to help. So, you . . .

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* 35. Thinking back over the last month or so, how often have you lied or "stretched" the truth?

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* 36. 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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* 37. Your ethical comfort zone . . .

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* 38. How many people do you hate today?

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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. Think back in time and consider the last time someone asked, at a party or other social interaction, what you do, and you said, “I am just a … stay-at-home mom … mechanic … teacher … nurse … day care worker … you fill in the blank, was it . . .

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* 41. You and Vince started at the same brokerage company on the same day four years ago with the same goal – becoming a partner. It’s an extremely competitive, many have said cutthroat, environment. You and Vince have been the top brokers during your tenure. Both of you have developed a grudging mutual respect. But, over the past two years, Vince has badmouthed you to upper management and clients, even starting rumors about your “questionable” ethics. This afternoon you received a call from the industry’s trade association. They are considering Vince for a prestigious award. They asked for your overall assessment of Vince’s accomplishments. You said …

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* 42. You and your spouse are entertaining a client and spouse at a business dinner at a prestigious steakhouse. In the middle of the dinner, you receive a text from your daughter, who still lives at home and runs a graphics design studio while earning an online MBA. She reports that she hasn’t had time to eat that day and asks you to bring home a prime rib dinner for her. You agree and order the dinner as takeout. At the end of the meal the waiter brings your check for $326.16, including your daughter’s dinner for $52.38. You . . .

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* 43. Gina, your best friend from high school has invited you to lunch. You haven’t seen each other in almost 20 years. After graduation, Gina went to Wharton, and you joined the Marines, achieving the rank of First Sergeant. Gina now owns a successful technological company, and you are an elite SWAT team leader for the local police department. After some small talk, Gina says, “Barb I know you love police work, but I need someone like you to head our security group, someone I can trust. I saw that your husband Bob passed away last summer from cancer. I am sorry. I know it must be hard considering you have two daughters going to college in the fall. I’ve written a number on this sheet of paper with a salary offer, and I need an answer right away.” Gina slides the note across the table. You turn the note over, and the number is almost four times your current salary, not including stock options and other incentives. Your response to Gina is . . .

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* 44. Thinking back over the past year or so, how often have you told a “white” lie for any reason?

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* 45. Consider this scenario and put yourself in Joe's position.
“Hey, Joe, got a minute?”
“Sure. C’mon in, Jack,” Joe replied. “Do you wanna close the door?”
 “Nah! I’ve got some great news!” Jack said.
“What’s that?” asked Joe.
Jack could hardly contain his excitement. “Seein’ how this project is really crankin’ up and all the overtime I’m gettin’, I stopped by the Ferrari place over the weekend and ordered a brand-new Ferrari! I’ll be pickin’ it up tomorrow!”
“Wow ... that must’ve set you back a few bucks!” Joe quipped.
“Yeah, they have some great zero-interest bank financing, and my down payment is only $50,000,” Jack said. “Well, I better hustle! I don’t wanna miss the bus out to the blast site.” With that, Jack headed for the construction trailer door.
Joe is a construction superintendent overseeing a large road-building project. Jack is one of his large equipment operators, but he also had explosives experience. Just two days earlier, Joe was on a conference call and was told the funding for the project had been reduced by 40%. As a result, Joe was going to have to lay off 40 of his crew members at the end of this week, and Jack was on the layoff list.
As is the case in most situations like this, Joe was warned he couldn’t tell anyone about the reduction in force until the human resources folks showed up on Friday with the final paychecks and the paperwork. Even though he was sworn to secrecy, Joe was uncomfortable with what Jack just told him. “Poor bastard’s going to lose his life savings!" he thought.
Later that day, at the end of the shift, Jack stops by and tells you he’s heard there is a layoff coming this week. He asks you if it’s true. You . . .

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* 46. Your neighbor invited you to attend a self-improvement seminar this coming weekend. You have agreed and are looking at the agenda for the day. You are on the website preparing for the morning session, and you’re completing a survey containing life choices. You are pondering a particular question about satisfaction with your career. “If I had it to do all over again, I would . . .”

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* 47. Today’s the big day you get to stick it to the drill sergeant in the corner office. Ever since you joined this prestigious worldwide consulting firm, Alex, the National Manufacturing Principal, has ridden you mercilessly. First it was your workplans, they were too detailed. Then, it was how you treated the women on your team, you were condescending. Finally, you were named lead on the largest ever engagement in the Dallas office, but you had to move to the armpit of Canada for two years. Well, today you are resigning! After your meeting with Alex, you’re perplexed, no bombast, no “Are you crazy?” Just, I am really sorry to see you go. Later that day, your colleague calls you. He says, “I don’t know what you said to Alex today, but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen that ex-Marine shed a tear. He told how you were one of the best consultants he’s ever worked with and that he was grooming you to take his place. He was shattered. He thought of you as the son he never had. I thought you should know. Good luck.” You hang up the phone, and you . . .

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* 48. Regardless of your age, it’s always appropriate to review where you are and where you’re going. After taking stock of where you’ve been and think you’re going, select the statement that best reflects your view of your life today . . .

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* 49. Gary is retiring today as director of sales. He holds the all-time record for fiscal year bookings. You are taking his place. During the dinner, Gary takes you aside and offers to share his secret sauce. You jump at the chance to learn his tricks of the trade. He tells you the key is to start the sale in the C-Suite. You ask him how he does it. Gary replies that when he’s selling, he lets prospects know that he is their peer because he is the president of the company. He reaches into his coat pocket and pulls out an official-looking business card showing him as president of the company. He smiles and gives you the name of his print shop and wishes you good luck. You . . .

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* 50. Today is Jack's first day of life as a single father of three children, Melissa three, Jared five and Alyssa seven. Carol, his soulmate and life partner, passed away last week from pancreatic cancer, and Jack buried her today. She was a successful lawyer, and the single source of income for their household. Five years ago, Jack chose to leave his job as a high school math teacher to become a full-time dad raising their children at home. Now that all of the well-wishers and family friends have departed and all the kids are in bed, Jack is sitting in front of the fireplace in his living room counting his blessings. How many did Jack count?

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* 51. It's Christmas Eve, and you're checking out at your favorite upscale grocery store. You've purchased a large prime rib roast for Christmas dinner. Your groceries are all bagged and in the cart. The clerk says, "That'll be $134.88, please." That seems a bit low, but you go ahead and pay anyway. The clerk hands you the receipt, and you notice your $108.44 prime rib roast is not on the receipt. The clerk missed it as he checked you out. You . . .

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* 52. Thinking back over the past few years or so, how often have you retreated to a quiet place and simply let your stream of consciousness engulf your whole being and thought about what people would say about you at your funeral, or thought about how you talk to yourself, or considered how others see you, or written what you would like your obituary to say or asked “why” questions, like why am I here?

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* 53. You and your family have just moved into your dream home in New England that you purchased from the remaining descendants of the family that built the home in the early 19th century. Because of your six-figure updates and remodeling, the house looks like any other 21st-century residence. You're up in the attic moving some things around when you step on a loose floorboard. Upon removing the floorboard, you find a large metal box containing a treasure trove of old gold and silver coins, a stash of currency including silver certificates and gold backs and some two dozen perfectly preserved personal letters written around 1810. Based on your inventory of the materials in the box, you determined that the last time anything was placed in the box was probably around 1925, decades before the sellers were born. After a week of considering where the ethical line is in this situation, you decide to . . .

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* 54. Gene has just been named CEO of a New York City bond brokerage firm that has slipped from industry leader to number five last year. The billionaire Middle Eastern family owners demand the firm return to its former luster, with an “or else” admonition. Gene calls a meeting with all of the brokers and their support staffs. His opening statement is, “If everyone in this room doesn’t kick ass, take names and do whatever it takes, you won’t be here a year from now!” Gene, then, regales the group with his astronomical successes in the business as proof he knows how to show the way forward. For the next 20+ minutes, Gene calls out each broker by name and goes over past performance and dares them to double their production. He closes the meeting with a final exhortation, “We will accept no excuses for failure, produce, produce and produce!!!” When the meeting is over, the HR group gives you a scorecard to rate Gene’s self-awareness. Here is the scorecard.

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* 55. Now that you have completed the survey, please enter any immediate thoughts or comments about the experience. Thank you.

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