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Sunday Retazo

February 20 · Issue #86 · View online

Hi, I am JOE and I write on "Mindful Productivity & Cerebral Happiness". My weekly newsletter is an endeavour to share life lessons, some thoughts, quotes and links to articles/podcasts/books, I discover over the week. Let's gear up to connect the dots and 'Unlock Human Potential'.

Hey Friends,
If someone asked you, how smart you are? You could always tell them your IQ score. But what if somebody asked you how smart your group is? what will you say??.
This is my topic for the Sunday to talk about the concept of group intelligence. Lets take a deep dive into it.
Intelligence is a source of pride. It is, along with reasoning ability, what sets humans apart from other members of the animal kingdom. Unfortunately, it has proven difficult to measure group intelligence and this undeniable fact has changed from a nice idea into a necessity. Until now, there’s been no reliable way to measure group intelligence, but exciting new research suggests that there may be a way to assign groups a score that predicts how that group will perform on future tasks.
During the week, I was listening to Professor Anita Woolley of Carnegie Mellon University on HBR Idea Cast. I have found the concept of ‘group intelligence" interesting and took a deep dive. I stumble on to an article “ Can we make our teams smarter” .
I think we all have an easy grasp of what individual intelligence is, and the notion of measuring individual intelligence. However, when it comes to group intelligence, it poses an instant challenge in measuring.
The concept of 'Individual intelligence’ was originally based on the observation that certain individuals who perform well in some domains also perform well in other domains.
And so intelligence was actually an inference, based on this observation of consistency of performance across domains.
This analogy gave birth to the concept of ‘Collective Intelligence Or Group Intelligence“ has emerged. Group intelligence could look very different in different groups, based on who’s in the group and how they’re interacting, just like different brains actually could operate in different ways.
We still lack a full mentalistic account of all of what goes on inside one’s brain when you’re functioning intelligently.
When you are assigning high-value projects like chanderyaan or space shuttle or weapons system in the hands of a particular group, it becomes absolutely vital to know whether the group has a certain level of group intelligence, as to whether or not they’re going to work together well and manage that in an appropriate way. Reasearch indicate that ’Social skills & social intelligence of the people has emerged as a major differentiator than their individual intelligence’
It’s utmost important to know the group intelligence score before going into a highly dynamic situations where a lot of money or even lives are at stake seems to have really important implications.
There’s little correlation between a group’s collective intelligence and the IQs of it’s individual members. Many of things like group satisfaction, group cohesion, group motivation—none really correlate with collective intelligence.
Group intelligence had little to do with individual intelligence.
In theory, 10 smartest people could make the smartest group, but it wouldn’t be just because they were the most intelligent individuals. It’s because they listen to each other and share criticism constructively with open minds. They’re not autocratic in their functioning but more collaborative in their approach.
It would be prudent to include a moderate level of cognitive diversity for effectiveness and enhancing group intelligence. Extremely homogeneous or extremely diverse groups aren’t as intelligent as they sound and must be avoided for high value/high stake assignments.
Let’s Turn the Lens on You;
  • How can you increase the collective or group intelligence at your workplace or in your organisation..?
Have a great week ahead 
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❤️ 🧠My Favourite Things of the Week : 🧤🧤
LISTEN TO YOUR HEART :(Sometimes You are being redirected) – Joe's Life Skills Lab
🍀 This is what I am currently reading :
Just Listen: By Mark Goulston
🍀✍️ Quote I'hv been pondering upon :
Every time you have a vision of a bigger future, it’s important to determine and recognize whether it’s an ideal or a mea- surable goal so you know what to do with it. 
Here’s an example: Let’s say you want to have a closer relationship with your significant other. That’s an ideal, that you can recognize because it’s completely general.
  • What you can do is commit yourself to a specific goal that moves you toward that ideal.
  • This could be to spend more time alone with your significant other by committing to having a certain number of date nights over a certain period of time.
  • There are specific measurements you can make with that goal.
  • You’ll know if you’ve achieved it, unlike with the vague ideal of “having a closer relationship,” where you can keep getting closer but never truly feel like you’ve attained it. 
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I will meet you next Sunday with another edition of ‘Sunday RETAZO’. Till then “Take good care of yourself”.
Joe Sehrawat
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