Tuesday, 16 October 2012


I've done a lot of one-to-one and team coaching over the years. And my skills are all ways developing in this area.

Admittedly I am fortune, as I get to work with innately smart, creative people. 

But, I have over the many years asked myself what intelligence is?

For example, are the words: Smart, Bright, Intelligence, Clever, Acumen and Astuteness, completely indivisible?

From an application point of view (as in when being smart comes in handy) are there many kinds of intelligence?

According to Howard Gardner, there are 7 main types of intelligence, that are all valid, and more so at different combination of time and situations.

In particular, the work of Howard Gardner is of interest as I've developed psychometric tests, games and pursuits in team build programs based on his work.

Here's an snip from a paper linked below about his work:

'Howard Gardner initially formulated a list of seven intelligences. His listing was provisional. The first two have been typically valued in schools; the next three are usually associated with the arts; and the final two are what Howard Gardner called 'personal intelligences'.

Linguistic intelligence involves sensitivity to spoken and written language, the ability to learn languages, and the capacity to use language to accomplish certain goals. This intelligence includes the ability to effectively use language to express oneself rhetorically or poetically; and language as a means to remember information. Writers, poets, lawyers and speakers are among those that Howard Gardner sees as having high linguistic intelligence.
Logical-mathematical intelligence consists of the capacity to analyze problems logically, carry out mathematical operations, and investigate issues scientifically. In Howard Gardner's words, it entails the ability to detect patterns, reason deductively and think logically. This intelligence is most often associated with scientific and mathematical thinking.
Musical intelligence involves skill in the performance, composition, and appreciation of musical patterns. It encompasses the capacity to recognize and compose musical pitches, tones, and rhythms. According to Howard Gardner musical intelligence runs in an almost structural parallel to linguistic intelligence.
Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence entails the potential of using one's whole body or parts of the body to solve problems. It is the ability to use mental abilities to coordinate bodily movements. Howard Gardner sees mental and physical activity as related.
Spatial intelligence involves the potential to recognize and use the patterns of wide space and more confined areas.
Interpersonal intelligence is concerned with the capacity to understand the intentions, motivations and desires of other people. It allows people to work effectively with others. Educators, salespeople, religious and political leaders and counsellors all need a well-developed interpersonal intelligence.
Intrapersonal intelligence entails the capacity to understand oneself, to appreciate one's feelings, fears and motivations. In Howard Gardner's view it involves having an effective working model of ourselves, and to be able to use such information to regulate our lives.'

A question is: what Intels do you have, and what Intels can you integrate?

In the post below, I've come across a fun 'Brain Training' website, that's on free trail. Play it later. It's fun, yet challenging.

However, you can learn more about his work here.  Plus a site, that takes you further into his subject.

Happy Brainyacking!!