Practical Intelligence: The Art and Science of Common Sense by Karl Albrecht

By Karl Albrecht

Karl Albrecht’s bestselling ebook Social Intelligence confirmed us how facing humans and social events can ensure luck either at paintings and in life. Now, during this groundbreaking publication useful Intelligence, Albrecht takes your next step and explains how useful intelligence (PI) qualifies as one of many key lifestyles talents and provides a conceptual constitution for outlining and describing universal sense.Throughout functional Intelligence, Albrecht explains that folks with sensible intelligence can hire language talents, make greater judgements, imagine by way of thoughts and percentages, include ambiguity and complexity, articulate difficulties basically and paintings via to suggestions, have unique rules, and impact the tips of others. Albrecht indicates that everyone’s PI abilities could be better with right schooling and coaching and demanding situations all of us—from mom and dad and lecturers to executives and managers—to improve our personal abilities and support others strengthen their very own PI talents.

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Information isn’t learning. Information isn’t wisdom. It isn’t common sense necessarily. It isn’t kindness. Or trustworthiness. Or good judgment. Or imagination. Or a sense of humor. Or courage. It doesn’t tell us right from wrong. “Knowing the area of the State of Connecticut in square miles, or the date on which the United Nations Charter was signed, or the jumping capacity of a flea may be useful or valuable, but it isn’t learning of itself. “If information were learning, you could become educated by memorizing the World Almanac.

There’s a bigger demand for sheep than for shepherds. Malcolm Gladwell, in his best-selling book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, described the domino-like process by which ideas and ideologies sell themselves across cultures. 22 Practical Intelligence One of the contagion dynamics he identified was “mavenhood,” the role of people who are uniquely well positioned to promote an idea to others. Mavens, according to Gladwell, are people who have the attention of large numbers of people and who can influence them by way of the roles they play.

All you have to do is hire the smartest people you can find or afford and pay them well. Maybe they’ll act a bit smarter if you treat them nicely, but beyond that, why concern yourself with trying to make them any smarter? This is the same logic that governs the educational system. The difficulty presented by the gap between science and experience in this case lies in the confusion of terms like smart, intelligent, intelligence, skill, talent, and thinking ability. Clearly, they do not all mean the same thing in the academic world, and the secular world seems rather confused about what they do mean.

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