Collaborative Intelligence-CQ

July 9, 2008 at 6:26 pm 2 comments

I have been reading alot about Collaborative Intelligence lately, specifically on Getting Clever Together— i love the concept and it makes total sense to me.  Collaborating starts from the inside and then moves outward.  As I have said in other blog entries, forced collaboration may work but not in the true spirit of what collaboration is.  Collaborative Intelligence or CQ is a “measure” of a teams ability to collaborate.  There are things that can be done to “up” this quotient and to get the team to trust, communicate and truly collaborate together.  Most of us are familiar with IQ or Intelligence Quotient or EQ which is emotional intelligence.  Little to nothing can be done with IQ; some awareness of our EQ can assist us in managing this but CQ is a target that is moving and can be improved (or killed!).  I love CQ because by creating an atmosphere of collaboration, by creating situations that cause teams to communicate and trust each other and just plain get to know each other you can increase their ability to collaborate.  That means smoother projects, more creativity, better exchange of information and just flat out a happier work force or project team. 

This also hits my hot button on facilitation.  As a Certified Professional Facilitator, CQ encompasses everything that I believe about working with teams.  As a facilitator I create an atomsphere of collaboration by creating safety, a process and consensus.  These facets all work together, each an important piece of the puzzle.  AND amazingly the people in the room naturally begin to collaborate and they even LIKE IT!  They will leave the work session happy and with a feeling of accomplishment–unlike anything they have experienced without facilitation.  Talk about “upping” your Collaborative Intelligence Quotient! 

For more on CQ check out the blog referenced above.  For more on Facilitation check out the International Association of Facilitators website or my website.  Happy Collaborating!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Stephen Joyce  |  November 26, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    thank-you for your comments about CQ Debbie – I’m pretty passionate about the topic – I’m sure you are not surprised. It is time our species ‘grew up’ and realized that there is much more we can achieve by creating connection and helping each other than there is by building walls, fighting or trying to hoard what we have.

  • 2. Debbie  |  November 27, 2008 at 12:13 am

    So true Stephen. I have found that ideas only get better by sharing and collaborating. One builds on another and you end up somewhere you never planned but it is much better than the plan that you invisioned. I follow your blog; thank you for your comments!


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