Collaborative Intelligence by Dawn Markova and @AngieMcAr, CEOs of Professional Thinking Partner.

I'm intrigued by the title.…
Life doesn't have to be dog-eat-dog. It can be where people share ideas.

This reminds me of this morning's run where Jim was telling me about how TV developed, and like all things in engineering, there was incremental change, and shared or stolen IP.…
"In a world where value is not just placed on things but also on ideas, collaboration has become the most important skill."

Our education has let us down by training us to be individuals rather than working in teams. Just think about all those exams...
Did you ever get to collaborate? No, that's cheating. But in reality, we don't work as individuals. The authors think we've been trained for a "market-share economy" that values things and power enacted through hierarchy.
Another model exists. The "mind-share economy" which is based on ideas and relationships. When two people interact, they can generate new ideas. This is the creative side to humanity. I recognise this in my runs with Jim. Listening to him makes me think of different ideas.
I also see elements of mind-share in research, going to conferences, etc.

Mind-share and market-share economies need to be balanced. You need collaborative intelligence to balance them well.…
“Market-share mentality is trying to answer who is right and who is wrong, whereas mind-share asks for what is possible.”…
The authors think there are three types of attention. Focused attention, sorting attention (shifting between the external and internal) and open attention (which produces new insights and thoughts).

Maybe open attention is a bit like day dreaming?…
We process information different ways. Kinesthetic, visual and auditory methods are used.

Knowing which way you process and handle different types of attention helps you accomplish tasks.…
Experiment to find different ways of helping yourself to comprehend &communicate. Once you master this, you can work on how your conversation partner processes the information.

Start by asking people what forms of communication are most effective to them.
The kinesthesia reminds me of what @askpang wrote in rest about walking and creativity.…
I think he was referring to this 2014 study by Oppezzo and Schwartz. "Give your ideas some legs"……
The authors talk about thinking talents in this section. They lost me when they said there are 35 different ones. They then start talking about "deficit-oriented culture". This resonates. We should play to our strengths.…
The authors here quote Ned Hermann's idea in the Creative Brain that we have 4 quadrants of thinking.
Analytical and procedural (left brain) and relational and innovative (right brain). Each thinking talent is linked to a cognitive style.
Again the authors reiterate that knowing your own strengths, and knowing the strengths of the people you're working with will help you to collaborate better together.…
"Asking questions and accepting uncertainty will let you find inspiration and seek help from others."


"intelligence is not something people are born with, but something we develop." #GrowthMindset
"the best questions are not easily answered, and we shouldn’t expect ourselves to find simple solutions. However, we’re trained in school to come up with answers and even have competitions over answering the fastest."
Isn't this so true?…
The authors write about success-based inquiry in this blink. It's about asking how we overcame similar problems in the past.
They also write about intentional inquiry to clarify priorities and goals, and influential questions to explore different perspectives with your team. It's not clear to me what those influential questions are.…
It seems pretty self-obvious to me, but you can focus the team's attention by setting common goals.

In a meeting, identify everyone's skills by recounding past contributions &what they're good at. Then give them a chance to share what keeps them focused.
Ask them to bring a photo that sums up their intentions of participating, and hang them on a wall. This will help remind them all of the common goal in a visual way.…
"Each person has a unique style of thinking, questioning and approaching challenges... Exploring the diversity of your group will greatly improve its ability to communicate and collaborate."
Take aways - mind-share v market-share models; Hermann's quadrant model of thinking; auditory, kinesthetic and visual thinking; focused, sorting and open attention.
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