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Published by on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 2:57:00 PM

Collaborative Intelligence (CQ)

What is Collaborative Intelligence (CQ)? CQ is the ability to create, contribute to harness the power within networks of people and relationships. It is the capacity to work with the world around us, not dominate it, fright it, hide from it, ignore it or waste it. It notably includes our ability to work with people and to help them work together. It tends to have certain elegance about it, minimizing the use of force. That is because the energy for whatever happens comes from the natural tendencies of the people and lives involved – including our own. Our ability to work well in and with the energy that’s actually present - that is our collaborative intelligence.

We can observe collaborative intelligence in the phenomena called “flow” in the elegant and nonviolent victories of Aikido masters (who move with the energy of their opponents), and in ecological practices like composting which work with the forces of nature to achieve human ends with little energy input or waste.

Collaborative intelligence is the ability to produce synergy in one’s environment or in one’s relationship with that environment. Dialogue, for example, requires the exercise of collaborative intelligence by people working together towards greater shared understanding. Open Space Technology and Dynamic Facilitation and are among the forms of dialogue that most notably “follow the energy” of a group and therefore use and evoke collaborative intelligence most vividly. We can also note that people with high levels of collaborative intelligence make great facilitators and conveners of dialogues of all kinds.

Interestingly, collaborative intelligence be built into a system, it can be part of a culture. For example we might say that a culture of dialogue and a culture of civility are systemic forms of collaborative intelligence individuals. In these cases, the collaborative intelligence is as much a part of the culture as it is of the individuals involved.

So collaborative intelligence is part of all collaborative phenomena, from dancing to barn raisings to planting a pear tree outside a south – facing window so that the leaves provide shade in the summer and then fall of in the winter, letting the sun into the house (which involves knowing how to collaborate – and aligning oneself – with both sun and tree). In all these cases, we find people applying their intelligence with each other or with the life around them.

Teaching an Anthill to Fetch

‘Teaching an Anthill to fetch’ was written by accomplished business consultant and professional speaker Stephen James Joyce and provides a practical outline of how to develop collaborative intelligence within groups, teams and organizations. The desired result is the development of “high CQ teams.” At the end of each chapter there are CQ Tools – exercises that enable the reader to explore the skills that develop CQ.

According to Stephen James Joyce

CQ is a systemic intelligence that emerges as we come to realize individually that “we are all in this together”

CQ is a set of capabilities, everyone has them; in most part they are simply not expressed or accessed as much as they can be

CQ can be expanded and strengthened through specific processes.

The future is bright because there is a growing awareness of the deeper levels of connection that exist between all human beings. This is just as true for business. People are becoming more systemically aware. For the first time in human history the average North American has access to information showing them the connection between something going on the other side of the planet and their own spending habits, for instance.

In his new book, “Teaching an Anthill to Fetch – Developing Collaborative Intelligence @ Work,” provides a practical outline for developing collaborative intelligence within business teams. This book is also about treating people fairly and employee motivation. An anthill can survive and feed itself in some of the most hostile environments. No single ant knows how it all works – nor does it need to . Individually ants are pretty dumb creatures, collectively they are very smart. Human Beings, on the other hand, are individually very smart and collectively well…

In the environment we live in today, never has our ability to “pull together” been more important or more challenged. Developing ways of collaborating becomes a game everyone needs to play. Collaborative Intelligence (or CQ) exists in all groups and is defined as the harnessed intelligence and energy of networks of people. Highly successful organizations are those with the most collaboratively intelligent teams – this is no accident.

Another example of collaborative intelligence is finding lessons in – and assistance from – the problems of life Some call it “making lemonade out of lemons. “ When I am fired from my job, I can use that break in my life to find a more satisfying career. When I get a disease, I can use my bedridden neediness to take time out to reflect on my life and to connect more with friends and family. When my community is struck by disaster, I can use the opportunity to help my neighbors and gather people to think and feel and dream together about how to make our community more resilient.
Published by IzajAhmed Shaikh.
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I am, Mr. IzajAhmed Shaikh, a Computer Professional and a Pro. Blogger, who belongs to Shahabad, Karnataka India. My basic Qualifications are B.Sc., and M.C.M. done from University of Pune., formerly known as, Poona University,. I like to write articles based on my personal experiences.