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Sunday, 14 April 2013

IQ, EQ or SQ: What is more important

March-April is generally final-exam-time in India. It's an anxiety period of the year both for parents and children alike. Parents of children in their mid-school days as well as those wanting to choose their career post-schooling do rush to take IQ (Intelligence Quotient) tests around this time. 

Educational institutes offering  professional courses have already been using IQ tests for admissions just as corporates been using for recruitment. In fact, IQ tests have gained too much prominence out of it's proportion at times. 

After all how important is the IQ test! Is there anything beyond it!

Is knowing answer to a typical question like "Is throwing trash on floor wrong and bad for health?" is enough.

(Picture from Book “World Of Kaizen” by Shyam Talawadekar) 
If a prospect appearing for IQ test (is confronted with such a question if at all and) answers it with 'correct' option, s/he may get points added to her IQ.

Choosing option "No" to the question, "Do you throw trash on floor?" also may add points to her IQ although s/he may not be practised-in in the 'answered' good-practice herself.

In real life if s/he practises this good-practice consistently then s/he may add points to her practical quotient, PQ (the term used by Bill Macaux in his blogpost).

In spite of negative reaction of 'trash-throwers' around, if s/he perseveres in finding and getting implemented ways-and-means (sama-dama-danda-bheda concept) to prevent them from 'throwing trash' without losing temper & patience then s/he may add points to her EQ (Emotional Quotient).

In spite of success in getting the good habit inculcated in herself and others, s/he doesn't feel 'great' about it, nor does s/he 'looses heart' on failing in her efforts then s/he is aware of her 'self'. S/he may add points to her SQ (Spiritual Quotient) since s/he supposedly continues to do her good work (Karma) with equanimity.

More the usage (i.e. PQ) of IQ-EQ in order to manipulate, worse it is for the overall good. More it's used ethically, better it is. That's the SQ: being Apex to all, the IQ-EQ-PQ!

Going beyond the IQ, how many parents realise the need to invest in enhancing the EQ and SQ not only in their ward but before that in their own self?

Now a days some educational institutes, if not universities, do realise the need for EQ training as well as a part of their private curriculum. Very few have begun realising the need for the SQ though.

Having good score in IQ is like a passport. One does need to do homework, hardwork and smartwork to get it. But to 'succeed' in life and to be a good leader one necessarily needs both the EQ and SQ, actually with more weightage at that than the IQ. Only then would the candidate be able to take so-called 'failures & successes in life' in her stride.

Methods to score in IQ tests are well established. 
How to score in EQ & SQ is the real challenge. 

It's a collective, long-drawn, practice-dominated process that necessarily involves one's own self alongwith not only the parents, teachers, professional guides but also media, society, government, etc.

A typical country might have had a better balance of IQ, EQ & SQ at some point in time on it's evolutionary journey just as ancient India had it a few thousand years ago. 'Principles' in that case may still be valid and accessible in history and management books but the 'practices' may need overhauling in order them to be adaptible in the 'current and the local context'.

If one were to learn from others, Japanese Kaizen process and it's adaptations in some south Asian economies are easily accessible. They are 'not-so-easy' to learn though unless the learner is ready to shed her ego and embrace them with 'open mind'. In fact one reason of them being 'not-easy' is the basic steps in installing the process that revolves around 'learning by practising rather than preaching'. Another reason is the tendency to discard it saying "it's pure commonsense".

If one practises it in it's true spirit it does enhance all the three quotients (IQ-EQ-SQ) holistically, irrespective of educational background of an individual.

Faster this realisation dawns among parents and teachers in particular, as also leaders and decision makers in power be in society, at workplace, or at national level, faster shall be the progress of such individuals themselves, institutes and nations.

Otherwise more and more 'human robots' will keep getting 'made' who shall keep venturing into rat-race of producing and consuming more and more 'material wants', vying for quick-results (and getting depressed in absence of that or in case of adversities) inviting imbalanced health of body, mind and spirit for themselves and for others, endangering that of the planet itself.

(P.S. Please do value-add hereunder with your experiences, questions, suggestions and comments, if any, in this regard.)

Also read a few relevant blogposts hereunder: Please do consider leaving a comment or sharing this post.

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Strategise To Achieve Targets Daily 
Does recognition really matter 
IQ-EQ-or-SQ: What-is-more-important?
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Take your career in fast lane
Succession-Plans In Fast Lane!  
Treat Root-causes, Not Symptoms ! 
Nauseous Communication Gaps 
Do You Cleanup-After-Crisis 
Raam or Krishna-Shyam: Tell me Hey Raam! 
Will It Work Here?  
Some Moron ! Some Great !!!   
That's How Morons Work
You seem Reasonable if you appear Un-reasonable 
Smart-Moron Who Breaks Your Glass  
WOW Work-Culture: By Telling or Selling 
Suggestions On-Sale, None-To-Buy 
Ridiculous Poison-culture versus Maverick Kaizen-culture 
Tolerate Once, Twice, Thrice? 
Make checklists your friends  
Make It Simpler, Rest Will Follow 
How To Make A Difference 
Big-Be Or Bug-Be ! 
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1 comment:

  1. The IQ tests administered with a big fanfare in a feasty-festivity kind of environment (in a convivial atmosphere as they say) tell just about what-you-know and how-faster than others rather than whether you will be able to sail through life smoothly ...... Read... http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130929143117-38251380-personality-tests-modern-day-phrenology