Strong Social Emotional Skills (Emotional Intelligence EI, Emotional Competence EC etc.) separate great professionals from the average. But based on countless studies in different fields involving working with and leading people, in families, at schools etc. social emotional skills are central to everyone’s well-being, success in studies and work, and efficacy in e.g. therapy, education, leading others, social and health care services.

A recent study from Google revealed, that competence didn’t correlate with a team’s productivity. Project Aristotle set out to identify the factors that formed so-called super teams.

Google was able to link productivity to what’s called “psychological safety”. Psychological safety is composed of two elements:

(1) High average social sensitivity

(2) Equality in the distribution of turn-taking

The researchers came to the conclusion that group norms, instead of the personal attributes of every individual, were the key factor in determining whether a group was successful. A psychologically safe group tends to allow all its participants to chime in equally, and it’s members are fast to detect the emotions of others, emitting empathy.

You can strengthen these skills!

Making a change requires that you know what you need to work on, have sufficient support, and can tolerate some anxiety related to all changes. The human brain does not like changes even when they are good. We think about changes as a river one needs to jump over. The tough part is often the bit where you are in the air, not able to go back but not knowing if you’ll make the distance and what you will face on the other side.

Knowing what you want to develop is crucial but you don’t have to know it from the start. Actually, it usually crystallizes in the first sessions into something different but logically related to your original thought. But that is a good thing! If the TV is broken fixing the toaster in whatever multiple innovative ways won’t help. Consequently, you evaluate our progress every session. If you aren’t getting the results you want, we are probably fixing a toaster or not challenging you enough. Often toasters are more pleasant to work on but your coach’s job is to make it easier for you to work on the things that really benefit you. And to help you get results!

The EASEL® Method:

EASEL® is a facilitation methodology that, for your benefit, bridges science and theories of the mind and relationships to your practical every-day-life at work and home. The human brain develops and learns in interactions with others and the environment from birth (actually before) throughout life. You have the same head attached to your legs at work and home, and you carry in your brain’s neural network your whole history. You are at the same time a unique individual and a typical human being. EASEL is about coaching individual human beings. For that reason, EASEL isn’t confined to one discipline or field, like one school of psychology or social neurosciences, or to just one theme, like leading others or mindfulness. At ET we work on the topics and questions you have, towards the goals you set. And thanks to the EASEL® tools and activities we can offer individually tailored coaching even in a group process.


TakeTheLead Program:

EASEL®TakeTheLead training programs and coaching strengthen your competences in e.g. the following core areas:

  • Personal and professional social emotional skills that, when strong, help you succeed and feel good in work and private life.
  • How to motivate staff to reach goals and to create the right atmosphere for them to move from striving to thriving (in spite of the unavoidable challenges and tough demands).
  • Real stress-management. Staying calm yet sharp in ever changing situations and turbulences. Effective tools for coaching people through stressful situations and skills to handle any situation without lapsing into the pitfalls of dominance, alienation, intimidation or victimization.
  • How to skillfully discuss difficult matters so that you find out what the actual problem is – if the TV is broken fixing the toaster won’t help- and you know how to influence the direction, atmosphere and end results of the dialog.
  • How to create an atmosphere in your organization that supports budding ideas, learning from mistakes, sharing silent knowhow etc.

Some of the key elements that separate EASEL®TakeTheLead from other training companies are

  • Truly multi-professional team
  • Efficacy proven in study on-going in Jyväskylä University Department of Psychology
  • Truly integrative theoretical foundation that combines the key elements from evidence-based models of SEL, coaching, teaching and psychotherapy, results from social neurosciences translated into language and tools everyone can use, and experiential social emotional learning.
  • Highly effective combination of individually tailored coaching and group process, psycho-education and EASEL®tools selected based on the topics in discussions, authentic experiential activities tailored to investigate those topics further, and guided processing linking new insights to your work.

Request an offer of a program for your company, or sign up for the next open course!

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Change is unavoidable in life and business but growth is optional.


We often associate innovations with something new. It is a new concept, that changes the lives of people. However, the most successful innovations are just repackaging and combining old concepts in new ways. Research shows, that the most successful innovators are highly adept at seeing new connections between old elements. These people are called “innovation brokers”.

Innovation brokers all share a certain way of analyzing their lives. Most of us have been in contact with these old concepts throughout our lives, but innovators pause to think about these concepts, and the emotional reactions they stir in them. Life is full of experiences, and innovation brokers turn these experiences into reference points. The result is a vast collection of knowledge, from which to develop new ideas.



Participants to our workshop listed the following examples of important new insights:

  • How to recognize own emotions and distinguish them from the emotion contagion from others in social situations.
  • How enhancing emotion regulation and the awareness of the influences of “a chemical cocktail” (of an emotion) in the body are important keys to personal development.
  • It is possible to learn to better regulate own emotions and reactions once you understand the process in the human brain and body.
  • The ability to feel empathy and compassion towards others starts from the experience of compassion towards self.
  • The importance of setting own boundaries and how to deal with “boundary violations” (conflicts) in a constructive way. Strengthening own social emotional skills to be more sensitive of other people’s boundaries when interacting with them. On the other hand, widening own understanding to not automatically take someone’s behavior as deliberate boundary violation if I haven’t expressed my boundaries clearly.
  • Own responsibility in social situations. Strengthening own social emotional skills and accepting that there are two responsible parties in every interaction.
  • Letting go of preconceptions and unhelpful attitudes and beliefs.
  • Own behavior and attitude may be a lock but also a gate to something new.

"Mari Louhi-Lehtiö has successfully combined to each training day a strong foundation in science (social neurosciences, education, psychology etc.) that, thanks to the every-day-examples, participants are able to understand and integrate into a meaningful working framework for own work. The insights gained invariably influence peoples’ private lives, too. I warmly recommend both EASEL® as a facilitation methodology and Mari as an outstanding coach, trainer, and lecturer."


“Social emotional skills are essential in our work when we train corporate leaders, executives and teams. The trainer’s own healthy self-awareness and ability for empathy (without being swallowed by it) are key elements for success in our work. EASEL® offers us as leadership trainers a solid framework for learning and analyzing our work. I have spent a year in EASEL Facilitator training but even in just one training day to my colleagues Mari increased their understanding about human behavior in an interesting way with the perspective of social neurosciences. Mari Louhi-Lehtiö has an exceptional ability to bridge evidence-based theories and scientific knowledge to every-day situations making her trainings engaging and convincing.

Many of our corporate clients struggle with constant changes caused by markets. Their work requires flexibility and ability to change but at the same time persistence to reach the goals with selected strategies. In our own trainings we have seen how the perspectives borrowed from EASEL® have generated new insights among our corporate clients and, in turn, helped them improve their work."

Our Thinking

When your job is to help, guide, teach, heal or lead others, ET’s programs help you do your job more professionally, more effectively, with heart and less fatigue.

EASEL®, is a method for increasing well-being and success at work and in private life through strengthening Social Emotional Skills. EASEL® benefits any work with people and should be in every interaction as a parent.

EASEL®Facilitator training program is for everyone who works with people and wants to become better at it. Our target groups are professionals whose job is to lead, teach, motivate, coach, support, counsel, serve or heal others.


If you want to be well and successful both at work and in your personal life, EASEL® helps you re-calibrate your Social Emotional Skills to better match the demands of your work and today’s world. EASEL®Facilitator training program also adds to your professional toolbox an effective facilitation methodology for experiential social emotional learning or therapy (depending on your background education)

Our Mission

EASEL Training’s mission is to help you stay happy, balanced, successful and creative in both your personal and professional life through helping you strengthen your Emotional Competence.

Our Vision

In our vision, social emotional skills are consistently strengthened as part of all education and training, personal development, and professional continuing education. Children’s social emotional skills and all-round well-being depend on the social emotional skills and balance of the adults around them.

Our Values

  • Open dialogue
  • Honesty and transparency
  • Professionalism
  • Community

EASEL Training helps those, who want success working with people, and combine their careers and personal life.

© 2016 EASEL Training Oy.