Sunday, 25 May 2008

Successful Intelligence

Robert Sternberg in his book, Successful Intelligence: How Practical and Creative Intelligence Determine Success in Life says that there are three main types of intellectual abilities:

  1. Analytical Intelligence
  2. Creative Intelligence
  3. Practical Intelligence

He goes on to stress that a successfully intelligent person is someone who knows what their strengths are and take steps to improve on their areas of weakness in each of these three abilities. Here are some of his advice:

I. Improving Your Analytical intelligence:

  • Recognize Problems before they become problems
  • Represent Problems accurately
  • Allocate your resources wisely
  • Monitor your decisions and make corrections where needed

II. Improving Your Creative Intelligence:

  • Don't just follow the crowd, think for yourself
  • Question your assumptions, they aren't always true
  • Allow yourself to think outside the box

III. Improving Your Practical Intelligence:

Practical Intelligence makes use of "tacit knowledge" or knowledge you have about a task that is just difficult to put into words.

  • Tacit knowledge grows with experience

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