Within the last few weeks, I’ve had three respective clients from very different industries pose a question that I’ll paraphrase…
“What core competency does our business need to be a driving force a decade from now?”
This is an imperative question! The reality is that we are about to cross the tipping point if we’ve not already crossed that divide. What divide? I’m glad you asked. Think about this…
What was important 100 years ago? A person’s Intelligence Quotient. An employer would hire someone based on the perception of his or her IQ. Fast-forward 70 years.
What was important 30 years ago? A person’s Emotional Quotient. Thanks in large part to Daniel Goleman’s research; Businesses across the globe began to pay attention and invest training dollars towards employees EQ or Emotional Intelligence. In other words, did Leaders, Managers or Entry-level employees understand their feelings, the emotions of their colleagues and ultimately co-exist in a respectfully productive manner
What will be the imperative question moving forward?
Do ALL of our employees have a high degree of the Collaborative Quotient? Organizations must focus on Collaborative Intelligence or CQ. If your company can master the art of hiring and partnering with collaborative people that work well with others that are not just like themselves, your people will continue to be your truly differentiating factor.
We aren’t recommending your organization overlook IQ or EQ; however, you must emphasize employee CQ, namely Collaborative Intelligence.
Help me understand why this is so important? Three primary factors to consider:
- Information is ubiquitous. You can learn just about anything on YouTube, Lynda.com, Khan Academy, and the list goes on. Not to mention, most of this information is available for free and applies to business.
- You can outsource nearly everything. If you wanted to, you could outsource just about all of your responsibilities. Now, that does not mean it is a good idea! Nonetheless, it is possible and increasingly so.
- Business will be the essence of competition. Companies who do not optimize will be hard pressed to stay relevant. In the words of P.W. Botha, “Adapt or die”!
Do you know that you’re in need of help with the art of organizational Collaborative Intelligence?
In the next blog, we will share how Shandel Group engages and equips organizations to implement the necessary tools and practices to master Collaborative Intelligence. If you practice these skills and abilities you will be around to pass the test of time and scale during the globalization of business.
If you want to get started learning more about Collaborative Intelligence, check out this book.
Looking forward –Alan Andersen