Your fingerprint of intelligence is what makes you special. Like your other fingerprint, it is something that is unique to you, yet many people don’t think about it.
Everyone has a different fingerprint of intelligence
There are nine types of “smarts”:
- Linguistic ("word smart")
- Musical ("music smart")
- Logical-mathematical ("number/reasoning smart")
- Spatial ("picture/strategic smart")
- Bodily-kinesthetic ("body smart")
- Interpersonal ("people smart")
- Intrapersonal ("self smart")
- Naturalist ("nature smart")
- Spiritual/Existential ("purpose smart”).
Bruce's Intelligences are from strongest to weakest are:
- Strategic smart
- Purpose smart
- Self smart
- People smart
- Word smart
- Reasoning smart
- Nature smart
- Music smart
- Body smart.
For strategy the most important intelligences are:
- Strategic smarts is important, first, to be able to see how the organisations fits into its environment, second, how the parts could fit together better to make the whole stronger, third, to see what’s missing from the whole, and fourth, to see what’s important so they can focus their resources at this point.
- People smarts is important because everyone is different. It’s important to understand the client and what drives them and what makes them special, even if they don’t know this themselves. If you treat them all the same (or the way you like to be treated) you will get lukewarm results. If you treat them how they want to be treated you’ll get magic.
- Self smart is important because if you don’t understand yourself on the inside there is no way you can be strong on the outside. If you don’t know who you are, there is no way anyone else can know who you are, and you’ll lack authenticity.
- Purpose smart has been important to me from the start. I have always had a very clear understanding about my purpose (To Liberate Human Energy at Work) and this has strengthened me whenever I worried whether I was brave enough to approach someone who seemed important and it also carried me through down times that inevitably happen.
I recommend you ask at least 6 people who you trust and who know you well to rank your “Smarts” from 1 to 9. Then think very carefully about the smarts that are most important for your area of consulting. Make sure there is a close match or find some way to overcome any deficits.
Bruce Holland is the author of the book: Cracking Great Leaders Liberate Human Energy at Work and the supporting Program designed for other consultants who don’t have the skills or time to develop their own intellectual property to help their clients develop organisational genius and strengthen their human energy fields.
Bruce is also a mentor at GoConsult.nz. The early years of consulting can be a jungle with many risks before the rewards. GoConsult.nz has mentors and ready-made products to help maximise the rewards of consulting and minimise the risks of transition.