Emotions Explorer™

About Emotions Explorer

emotionsEmotions Explorer™ is a tool designed to surface and explore emotions and feelings. Emotions are a factor in leadership effectiveness — in individual motivation, team performance, conflict and collaboration. Becoming more emotionally intelligent is to be more aware of emotions and better manage our responses. Emotions Explorer is in beta testing and we would like your feedback. Contact us at info@ccl.org. Theory and research aspects are posted here.

Purchase Emotions Explorer here.

How to Use Emotions Explorer™

The cards help us identify and express emotions. You can use the cards in a number of ways:

  • Surface what people are feeling at various points in a process.
  • In coaching to identify emotions that are present when someone is at their best (or worst).
  • A reflective tool to become more mindful of our emotional states.
  • In conflict situations to uncover other’s needs (and express our own).
  • As a resource to find the right nuance to express our feelings while proving feedback.


Emotions Explorer: Theoretical background

Elena Svetieva, PhD, Research Associate
Center for Creative Leadership

The set of terms presented in Emotions Explorer are based on over four decades of research in evolutionary, clinical and social psychology, which has focused on identifying, categorizing and explaining the variety of human feeling. (more…)

Emotions Explorer: Try this!

Emotions Explorer activities can be designed for online meetings or face to face, or both at the same time.

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Emotions Explorer Introduction (VIDEO)

Webex session links and slides are below:
Streaming recording link
Download recording link

Our second most important asset at CCL Ethiopia

Leadership Explorer tools at our office in Ethiopia.

A heartwarming note below from Aaron White, one of the founders of our office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Aaron calls the Leadership Explorer tools “our second most important asset at CCL Ethiopia.” (See the photo at the bottom for the first!) Thanks Aaron!

I spent the day at CCL Ethiopia’s new office here in Addis Ababa. As I explored our new digs I found three new storage cabinets packed with Explorer tools. Some had square corners, some rounded, but all had been in the hands of dozens, if not hundreds of people.

These Explorer tools get used in every single program here. If we didn’t have these – and our Leadership Essentials – we really couldn’t have been successful here.

Thanks to all of you that brought these in your suitcases, stole them from supply closets, and helped create them!

Aaron White
24 November 2017

Our most important assets are our participants and our faculty! More on the Leadership and Debate Club Program here.

Leadership and Debate Club participants and some CCL Addis Faculty. Photo by Rahel Asefa.

Emotions Explorer in action

The From Here to There (FHT) Model of Human Development

The From Here to There (FHT) Model frames development as a long-term journey:

FHT model

From Here to There Model applied to a life journey

Starting with:

“Where are you from?”
Origins, identities, communities


“Where are you now (here)?”
Present state, presencing, observation, reflection, assessment


“Where are you going (to there)?”
Toward a desired future state, aspirations, visions, strategies, goals, dreams, and possibilities.


Dialogue by putting something in the middle

Dialogue is a reflective conversation engaging the multiple perspectives of a number of people to explore assumptions and create new meaning. Create dialogue by putting objects in the middle of amediated conversation. Meaning becomes projected onto the object. Images work very well. You can use photos, art, stories, Visual Explorer and other Explorer tools, mementos, videos, graphics, and so on.

When people get good at this, they don’t need a physical object—they can put a topic (a challenge, a problem, an idea) in the middle.

As the Star Model graphic illustrates, multiple layers of the topic are explored from many angles (multiple perspectives).

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