The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders

“The Next IQ is that next level of intelligence that you need in order to think, learn, and lead in the increasingly seamless global marketplace of the 21st century. Whether intelligence refers to individual capacity (intelligence quotient), strategic information (intelligence à la Central Intelligence Agency), best practices (business intelligence), or effectiveness in human relationships (emotional intelligence), The Next IQ is about making intelligence more intelligent for the way the world works today.

The events in our world today—from the use of Twitter and Facebook in the protests in Egypt to the immediate volatility in the global financial markets caused by economics in Greece one day, a natural disaster in Japan another day, and political wrangling in the United States on a different day—have illustrated how the world has indeed become inextricably interconnected in the ways in which we access information, impact each other’s lives, and depend on each other for stability and prosperity. This interconnectedness has changed the ways in which we respond and react, but it must also change the ways in which we think and learn so that we can lead proactively and not reactively. The Next IQ introduces you to these new ways of thinking through an integrated exploration of research studies, stories, learning experiences, and tested solutions. In the pages that follow, you will learn that The Next IQ is a shift from intelligence as information to intelligence as actionable insight, and this shift will transform leadership that is rooted in individual expertise to direction and guidance formed from multiple and diverse perspectives.

This next generation of intelligence is about actively soliciting and then harnessing the power of diverse perspectives that may or may not be rooted in specific individual education, experience, and/or expertise.  The intelligence you need to solve any problem is already available, if you know how to look for it and use it. Your Next IQ is your ability to seek out that intelligence and include it into how you think, learn, and lead.  This book:

  • Explores how our understandings of intelligence, leadership, and inclusion have evolved and intersected to create a new level of intelligence that is critical for leaders in this new millennium.
  • Presents the global mindset, CORE (intellectual Courage, intellectual Openness, intellectual Reflection, and intellectual Empathy), and how to cultivate the deliberate intelligence (seeking and including diverse and contrasting points of view) necessary to think, learn, and lead in the 21st century.
  • Delves into why we tend to notexpand the circle of perspectives that can inform our intelligence even when it seems like common sense to do so.
  • Examines why we resist seeking and including diverse and contrasting perspectives even when it is in the best interest of our own intelligence and why leaders in the global marketplace of the 21st century cannot be intelligent if they are not inclusively
  • Illustrates how inclusive intelligence in action has a dramatic, positive impact with examples of how leaders from all walks of life have used collective and inclusive intelligence to transform themselves, their teams, their organizations, and even their countries.
  • Underscores how the stickiness of the Retro IQ fights the active engagement of your Next 
  • Presents tested solutions for inclusive intelligence that can be implemented by individual leaders and/or organizations to think, learn, and lead for maximum impact.



This new paradigm of intelligence challenges those who are ready to think and solve problems at a higher level to understand that this next level of intelligence is delicately balanced at the intersection of intelligence, leadership, and inclusion—three different fields of inquiry that have coalesced into one cohesive new leadership strategy that is not only relevant but incredibly necessary for the realities of this new millennium. It begins with the understanding that leadership requires us to answer questions from a “yes, how” perspective, and it progresses to seeking the diverse perspectives to figure out the details of the how. The reality that can be created when we focus on a “yes, how” framework can transform disagreements back to dialogs, and we can start to look for different perspectives as assets to be leveraged instead of differences to be neutralized.

In a world where change is inevitable but growth is optional, changing the way you think is the critical choice you need to make in order to grow. The Next IQ is that change from a parochial mindset to a global mindset, and it is the transformation of individual intelligence to insightful intelligence. With raw information no longer being as valuable as actionable knowledge, the only way to quickly gather and analyze necessary information is to have multiple diverse perspectives filter it to reveal all of its possibilities.

The ancient fable of the blind men and the elephant reminds us that each of us has the potential to either argue that our own perspective is more right than others or actively seek the other perspectives in order to inform and enhance our perspective. The fable reveals a lesson that is more relevant than ever today—each of us can be completely right with what we know and equally incomplete in how much our knowledge allows us to understand the totality of the situation. As the men fought about whose perspective best described an elephant that none of them had actually seen, the ability to view the perspective from a global mindset and deliberately create new intelligence shifted them from “which perspective is right” to “what does reality look like if each of our perspectives is right.”

Think Smarter. Lead Better.

  • Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.

    Mikhail Gorbachev
  • America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.

    Louis D. Brandeis
  • Differences challenge assumptions.

    Anne Wilson Schaef
  • In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.

    Audre Lorde
  • The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • One must even beware of too much certainty that the answer to life's problems can only be found in one way and that all must agree to search for light in the same way and cannot find it in any other way.

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

    Michel de Montaigne
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

    Thomas Jefferson
  • Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

    Madame De Stael
  • Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

    Malcolm Forbes
  • To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

    Tony Robbins
  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

    Charles Evan Hughes
  • Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.

    Walter Lippmann
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.

    Deborah Tannen
  • Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

    Isaac Asimov
  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

    Albert Einstein
  • The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

    Albert Einstein
  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.

    Kevin Smith
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.

    Leo Tolstoy
  • I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.

    Woodrow Wilson
  • Diversity creates dimension in the world.

    Elizabeth Ann Lawless
  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki