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Is Your Intelligence What Makes Your Smart?
What inevitably makes a hiring manager hire someone? I have a friend of 15 years, someone who is without a college degree – one of the smartest guys I know, and has more common sense and learning ability than many college students. He is a programmer who will happily switch to the company who pays him more and meets his demands. Every time, he always gets asked the same question in an interview, “Why did you drop out of college?”
I am not sure that a programmer with almost 20 years experience, knowledgeable in nearly every programming language, including Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, Perl, SQL, and Database Development needs to really answer that question. In fact, he usually laughs at the question in his interviews, and comes back at the interviewer with: “You could hire someone who has 3 and a half years of mostly random classes and about a year of specialized classes, or you could take a risk and hire me, a man who is self-taught in most programming languages and web applications with xx years of experience.” The confidence normally gets him a second, third, maybe even a fourth interview, and eventually the job. Not to mention his humor and refreshing personality. While it is certainly easier to get a job with a college degree, you can definitely use intelligence and experience to sometimes get around it.
This is not to knock anyone with a college degree – results without a college degree may vary, but there would be no reason not to hire this man who has so much real world experience and credibility underneath his belt.
There are many different types of intelligence levels that can be used anywhere — on the streets, in the office, at home, or in any situation. How did our grandmothers and mothers come up with the solution that cures us of the common cold that would have otherwise killed us? How does someone come up with a great idea that changes the face of a company and makes it a success overnight, and yet it was his second day on the job, and he just had a suggestion. Someone else had the idea that everyone in the company should donate $1 a week to a jar in order to wear jeans on Fridays, and that money gets put towards a huge company party at the end of the year. Humans are filled with smart ideas and an intellectual sense that gives them an edge in everything they do. Some people are smarter than others at certain activities and others would not even be considered very intelligent, but came up with the idea of doing something.
Specific types of intelligence are Emotional Intelligence, Spatial Intelligence, Moral Intelligent, Body Intelligence, Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence, Leadership Intelligence, etc.
This infographic shows research on how intelligence fits into the workplace.
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What kind of smart are you?
how intelligence fits into the workplace
a high IQ is often required for success at work, but more often than not, it’s other forms of intelligence that really make or break a team
IQ measures mathematical/logical and verbal/linguistic strengths
a good team has a myriad of intelligences
meet the team:
discern pitch, rhythm, timbre, and tone
- sound technician
use abstractions, reasoning skills; perceive relationships
overemphasized in IQ tests
understand nature; skilled at noting our place in world
probably most important intelligence in our past – think hunter/gatherer
- environmental lawyer
- forest ranger
recognized trait for today’s leaders
understand feelings and motives of others
manipulate objects; have coordination; learn by doing
good at self-direction, motivatipon, and planning
desired in today’s workplace leader
think in 3D; possess graphic skills and active imagination; artistic
historically found on IQ tests
- strategic planner
grasp complex meanings; strong speaking, reading skills
strong emphasis in traditional workplaces
- marketing consultant
qualities of top teams:
quality communication – logical, interpersonal, intra-personal, linguistic
perspective born of self-awareness – naturalist, interpersonal, kinesthetic, intra-personal
culture of accountability – interpersonal, kinesthetic, intra-personal
identification of a common goal – logical, interpersonal, kinesthetic, intra-personal, spatial, linguistic
high emotional intelligence – interpersonal, intra-personal
traditionally, mathematical/logical, and verbal/linguistic strengths are rewarded, but the real indicator of office success and leadership is summed up in the equation:
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EI)
MORAL INTELLIGENCE (MI)
BODY INTELLIGENCE (BI)
take the quiz below to gain an awareness of where you stand with regards to self-awareness, self-motivation, and relationship management
ANSWER EACH WITH:
[ ] I am aware of what I am feeling.
[ ] I know my strengths and weaknesses.
[ ] I deal calmly with stress.
[ ] I believe the future will be better than the past.
[ ] I deal with changes easily.
[ ] I set measurable goals when I have a project.
[ ] Others say I understand and am sensitive to them.
[ ] Others say I resolve conflicts.
[ ] Others say I build and maintain relationships.
[ ] Others say I inspire them.
[ ] Others say I am a team player.
[ ] Others say I helped to develop their abilities.
36 + You are using key leadership abilities
30 – 35 You have some leadership strengths but are underusing other leadership abilities
the quiz below will look at your ability to know right from wrong and act accordingly. Moral intelligence involves empathy, conscience, self-control, respect for others, kindness, tolerance, and fairness.
SCORE AS FOLLOWS:
 MOST OF THE TIME
1. [ ] I can clearly state the virtues, values, and beliefs that guide my actions.
2. [ ] I tell the truth unless there is an overriding moral reason to suppress it.
3. [ ] I confront a friend who I see doing something that is not right.
4. [ ] When I say that I will do something, I do it.
5. [ ] When I make a decision that turns out to be a mistake, I admit it.
6. [ ] When someone does something to insult or hurt me, first I pause, and then I hold my tongue and my temper.
7. [ ] My friends would say that I go out of my way to help them.
8. [ ] My first response when I meet new people is to be genuinely interested in them.
9. [ ] I believe that I have more to learn from my enemies than from my friends.
10. [ ] I believe that humans are innately spiritual.
11. [ ] When faced with making an important decision, I take time to consciously determine if the decision is in agreement with my principles, values, and beliefs.
12. [ ] My friends know that they can depend on me to be truthful.
13. [ ] If I believe a boss, teacher, or a superior is doing something morally wrong, I will challenge them in a respectful way.
14. [ ] My word and my handshake are binding.
15. [ ] When I make a mistake, I take responsibility for correcting the situation.
16. [ ] I am willing to accept that it will take time and work to achieve success and reward.
17. [ ] My leadership approach is to lead by serving others. My approach in following is to grant the leader his/her rightful authority.
18. [ ] I truly care about the people around me as people, and believe that another person should not be disadvantaged for my personal gain.
19. [ ] In understanding that there is more than one way to view a problem, and try to view conflicts from an adversary’s perspective.
20. [ ] When I forgive someone, I find that it benefits me as much as it does them.
80-90: Very good
Below 69: Trouble
some questions to ask yourself:
- How often are you aware of your breathing?
- Is it choppy, shallow, deep?
- Do you consult your body’s natural reactions before making decisions?
- Do you feel comfortable in your skin?
- Are your words and body language congruent?
While 50% of the population has at or above an average IQ, many other intelligences are involved with true success.
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Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.