R.I.P IQ and EQ. The new VIP is CQ.

7055It’s useful to have solid dollops of IQ and emotional intelligence. But to survive and thrive today, you need a double helping of CQ. How do you rate?

I’ve been searching for the critical ingredient we must have to protect and build careers and value proposition in ‘disrupted times’ (Yes I know- ‘disrupted’ is an over-used word, but so be it.) This mindset has to be part of our DNA – as businesses and professionals – if we are to avoid the extinction events accelerating around us. Then a management consultant gave me the answer. Her business has nailed it. To keep relevant and at the edge, everyone of us has to build this non-negotiable trait:

CQ: Change Intelligence

I love that. CQ. Well done Blue Seed Consulting.

Here’s the thing.

I look under the hoods of scores of businesses, and into the hearts of hundreds of leaders. People tell me deep truths- about companies, and professional selves. Some are frustrated and anxious- something is not going right, and they know they need help to do better. Others know that ‘what got them here won’t get them there’- that while results are good today, changing times means they need help now to get ‘future-fit’ for tomorrow.

The fact they called me suggests they have CQ … Change Intelligence. At least a starting point. Do they have the courage- and the hunger and resolve, or desire and will power- to actually do what they will need to do to change? Some will. Some won’t. At least they all had the guts to get a conversation going.

Andy Lark tells this story, or something similar. Many people who have heart attacks are warned three times in the 18 months prior that if they don’t change their lifestyles, they will have a heart attack. They examine what’s involved in changing, and conclude: “Fuck it- I’d rather die instead.” 

Point is- change is very, very hard. I know. I hate it. But have got myself ‘change fit’ by becoming passionate about strengthening my CQ muscle. I just did not realised that ‘CQ’ is what best describes it.

One habit I am developing (shared in the hope you’ll all take up my challenge asked in the next paragraph)  is the ability to change my mind.

To paraphrase John Maynard Keynes, ‘when I get new information, I update my views.’ It’s what made Alexis Tsipras (pictured) the best Prime Minister candidate to follow through on the deal done by Greece with the EU to save that economy, despite his initial opposition to it.

So- no more from me today. Except to ask you one question. Please share your answer. Let’s help each other build CQ. Here’s that question, taken from the Blue Seed website:

“Stephen Hawking says Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. What does Change Intelligence mean to you?”

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22 Responses to R.I.P IQ and EQ. The new VIP is CQ.

  1. Stuart Sheridan December 9, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    It means listen first, then act.

    • Chris Savage December 9, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

      Thanks Stuart!!

    • Muchele December 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

      Be aware,be open,be informed,be brave!

      • Chris Savage December 9, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

        Thanks Michele

  2. Chris Braddon December 9, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    Change Intelligence comes down to the old quote from Albert Einstein:

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Change Intelligence is recognising this, and taking action to do things differently, if you want a new result

    • Chris Savage December 9, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

      Thanks Chris!

  3. Craig December 9, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    If i could re-write that:

    Refined attention to the present moment.
    Tapping into one’s intuition.
    Flex(ability) to change.

    • Chris Savage December 9, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

      Thanks Craig!

  4. Jason December 9, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    Let go of the past, it isn’t your future!

    • Chris Savage December 9, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

      Thanks Jason!

  5. Chris Savage December 9, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    Thanks Craig.

  6. Karen December 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    Good to think about change like this – it is so much part of our future, we might as well make friends!

    • Chris Savage December 10, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

      Thanks Karen!

  7. Louise December 10, 2015 at 6:21 am #

    Get comfortable with the uncomfortable

    • Chris Savage December 10, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

      Thanks Louise!

  8. Debbie Williams December 10, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

    IQ and EQ form the basis for CQ…people with EQ adapt more easily to change as they are in tune with themselves and their environment! Don’t complicate things too much, people already have a hard time when they find out about EQ – YES, some have never heard of it!

    • Chris Savage December 11, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

      Thanks Debbie

  9. Jo Brosnan December 16, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    One of my favourite sayings is: ‘Don’t look in life’s rear view mirror, it’s not where you are going’. On the other hand, good CQ is recognising which are the constants in human behaviour and values, and which behaviours will be modified by change agents, like technology.

    • Chris Savage December 16, 2015 at 11:20 am #

      Thanks Jo!

  10. Chantal Patruno January 7, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi Chris
    Thank you for this great blog and for referencing our Blue Seed CQ approach. I love the discussion underway and especially like the combination of ingredients that Debbie Williams mentioned. There is no ‘one thing’. It’s the beautifully crafted conglomerate of things, supported with a good heart and good intentions, that generates successful and lasting change. Thanks again for being a CQ change agent !

    • Chris Savage January 8, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

      Thanks Chantal!


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