My last entry on What Is My Collective IQ? – Boosting CI from Within received some juicy comments, to which I prefer to respond here as to both salute the contributors, Robert David Steele, Mark Ranford, and Andrew Campbell, and make my reply referenceable by URL.
Mark Ranford wrote:
> Somehow I feel that its relevance is not going to be recognised as widely as it deserves (I maybe wrong).
Mark, I think relevant ideas are not recognized because they deserve to be but because they express something valid in an accessible language. My â€œboosting CI from withinâ€ approach maybe valid but certainly not expressed in an easy-to-grasp way. Thatâ€™s because I use the blog, basically, as a notebook of drafts not polished writings–almost like a collection of self-reminders–on subjects that at some future point I want to refine and develop. So, your point is well taken.
> But what I feel is that the language and the terminology is too far ahead of the thinking of many practising managers… I just wish that the gap to bridge this thinking with the majority of practicing managers was easier to bridge.
That’s a very inspiring comment! See what it triggered:
> George do you think that there are ways to make these complex concepts more immediate and understandable? Are there ways to bring their own direct experiences to bear when internalizing these points. Would “Storytelling” ala Steve Demmings, be useful tools.
Definitely yes! In fact, the concept of â€œcollective intelligence withinâ€ was born from the lived stories of my personal experiences of:
â€¢ Reduced cognitive and action-effectiveness when I am temporarily divorced from that part of my intellectual and relational resources which are the Web
â€¢ High rewards for moving from ego-centric to net-centric thinking
â€¢ Being both whole and parts of other wholes that I choose to support
â€¢ Processing in the â€œinner conversationâ€ of my thinking the key themes emerging from the networks of conversations that make up the various groups that I am part of
All of these examples have very clear managerial implications, at least for me.
I could write up the related stories, and someday I will, but it may be more important to complete setting the context, and articulate a new initiative, for an â€œappreciative inquiryâ€-style collection of relevant stories from the life of managers, scientist, artists, athletes, and others who experienced CI within.