Skillset New Zealand Blog

Ideas to help your team develop personally and professionally.

Forget about IQ. It’s not working for us.

Our scores on IQ tests are not much of a predictor of how well we will achieve in the real world.

A high IQ doesn’t make people skilled at working with others, streetwise, imaginative, or resilient to setbacks. Even top scientists have to know how to work together and we all need resilience so that we can stay focused and motivated.

Here’s a suggestion. Let’s adopt the American meaning of ‘smart’ - meaning clever, not cheeky.

Researchers now recognise practical, intuitive, ethical and social intelligence. Smart is flexible enough to include all those qualities.

About Ralph Brown

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Ralph is our founder. He has a background in psychology, television journalism and business.

Ralph's passions are positive psychology and writing. He leads workshops on both and speaks to conferences on the psychology of thriving at work.

Professional Speakers Australia has awarded him its top speaking accreditation, the CSP. He has since been made a life member of Professional Speakers New Zealand.

He has written six books, six e-books and more than a hundred articles on psychology and writing. International research journals have published his articles reviewing the research on resilience.

Ralph lives in rural Canterbury. He is a JP and marriage celebrant and enjoys travelling to French-speaking countries.

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