An important six-part series of articles by Andrew Fuller, Neil Hawkes, and John Hendry, renowned experts in values. The articles inform us about the values needed to create good, effective relationships throughout the realms of our personal, social, communal and business life.

The articles discuss the development of a Relationship Quotient (RQ) to assist people in creating quality relationships (it is the necessary counterpart to Intelligence Quotient – IQ).  Our ability to form, maintain and sustain quality relationships hugely contributes to our lives. They determine our happiness and satisfaction and predict our level of health.

Relationships are a gift we can give to other people and to ourselves. The six articles discuss the main attributes of the Relationship Quotient.  They invite you to have a conversation about how to develop these attributes in the two main relationships in our lives: with ourselves and with other people.

Whether it is a friendship, a team, a family, a school, a business, a romance or the relationship between a teacher and her students, there are values that underpin successful quality relationships.

Creating quality relationships involves giving yourself to that relationship in an altruistic rather than in a selfish or conditional way.

The basic values of the RQ are explained in an Introduction and 5 separate articles:

Each of these is important individually but together they build the attunement and attachment between people that creates peaceful and harmonious relationships.

Andrew Fuller

Andrew has recently been described as an ”interesting mixture of Billy Connolly, Tim Winton and Frasier Crane” and as someone who “puts the heart back into psychology”. As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne.

Andrew has been a principal consultant to the national drug prevention strategy REDI, the ABC on children’s television shows, is an Ambassador for Mind Matters and is a member of the National Coalition Against Bullying.

Neil Hawkes

Dr. Neil Hawkes is credited for his pioneering values work as Headteacher of West Kidlington School in Oxfordshire, where he worked with the school community to develop a unique system of values-based education that has become well known throughout the world for its positive and transformational properties. Neil now works as an international education consultant, giving inspirational talks and supporting schools and other organisations to be values-based.

John Hendry was until recently Director of Student Welfare at Australia’s renowned Geelong Grammar School. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2014.   He was instrumental in the School’s development of Positive Education and founded the School’s restorative practices programme.