June 19, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This next meetup will be around a very interesting topic, one that has been around for over a decade but somehow has not yet been “discovered”.
Businesses are quite familiar with IQ (or Rational Intelligence – what I think) and more increasingly with EQ (or Emotional Intelligence – what I feel) and use these “intelligences” in job design.
However, as the global shifts around us are occurring, business leaders and managers are being confronted with a workforce that are looking for more; they want to be seen and acknowledged for who they are, as individual beings, not just as a “resource” to be exploited by their companies in their quest to maximize shareholder wealth.
SQ (or Spiritual Intelligence – what I am) addresses this. It is perhaps the hardest of the intelligences for organizations to come to terms with. Unlike IQ and EQ which are defined as top-down metrics and behaviors expected of the workforce by the organization, SQ demands that individuals look within to find meaning and how this then relates to their workplace and those with whom they interact. It is not something that can be imposed upon an employee by a manager…especially of the manager is still to do his or her own inner work.
This meetup will look at a definition of SQ and the 12 attributes of SQ as proposed by Danah Zohar, the “godmother” of SQ. We will take each attribute in turn and discuss what it means for us as individuals and the challenges we may face within our workplaces in aligning ourselves to that of the organization.
I invite you to come along with an open mind, but more importantly with an open heart. SQ has been described as the “ultimate intelligence”. Let’s explore whether we feel that business is ready for such an intelligence and what we as individuals can do to help transform the workplace, one person at a time.