Assessing Core Values in Your Home and Work Life [Video]

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In part 6 of this ongoing series Latin Biz Today advisory board member Chuck Garcia shares Chuck Garcia shares the three pillars…Responsibility, Humility and Happiness.

Parts one to four in the series can be found here: Part 1: Career Q’s: Redefine What It Means to Be Smart [Video]  Part 2: 3 Traits of the Most Admired C-Suite Professionals [Video] Part 3: What’s Your Creativity Quotient? [Video] Part 4:Do You Know Why the Adaptability Quotient Is Critical to Success? [Video] Part 5: Execution Quotient (XQ): Your Most Valued Career Currency [Video]

In 1904, the French Ministry of Education asked psychologist Alfred Binet to identify elementary school students struggling to learn effectively from regular classroom instruction. That request was driven by teachers seeking to determine which students required remedial instruction.

Binet subsequently developed questions and methods that focused on subjects not explicitly taught in schools, such as attention, memory, and problem-solving skills. Known as the Intelligence Quotient, or IQ, Binet did not believe his psychometric instruments should be used to measure a single, permanent, and inborn level of intelligence. He stressed the limitations of the test, suggesting that intelligence is too broad a concept to quantify with a single number.

Although Binet died in 1911, I wonder how happy he would have been to see social science scholars devise many of the measures he had implied? Although it took eighty years to develop one additional quotient, Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence introduced the concept of EQ. He asserted that managing your emotions could be even more important to career growth than IQ. These two groundbreaking quotients were followed in the 1990s by Creativity (CQ), Adaptability (AQ), and Execution (XQ). Each Q describes a different set of capabilities, as employees strive to optimize their professional development learning outcomes.

Our understanding of intelligence was further broadened when the idea of spiritual intelligence emerged in 2001. Known as SQ, the spiritual quotient is attributed to Danah Zohar and Ian Marshall based on their pioneering book, SQ: Connecting with Our Spiritual Intelligence

They describe SQ as “Our most fundamental intelligence; used to develop the capacity for meaning, vision and values.” It also underscores the role beliefs play in how you act. SQ is often used in corporate settings to provide a non-religious, diversity-sensitive framework for addressing issues of value development.

On closer examination, spiritual intelligence is a higher dimension of intelligence that activates the qualities and capabilities of the authentic self, in the form of wisdom, compassion, integrity, joy, love, creativity, and peace. SQ results in a sense of deeper meaning and purpose, combined with improvements in a wide range of important life and work skills.

Spiritual Intelligence is not about official designations or roles. And those qualities may never appear on your resume. But they are no less relevant for your inner growth.

While many factors comprise SQ, the three pillars are:

  1. Responsibility: What in this world are you responsible for? Yourself? Family? Society?

The answers help define the vision of who you are and what you consider important. It also helps intertwine your world views with the greater good of humanity.

  1. Humility: You are one of eight billion inhabitants on Earth. Your 70+ odd years spent on Earth is miniscule. Some of your managers may demonstrate big egos and come across as self-absorbed. Consequently, the big question that SQ often asks is, “Will your arrogance or humility make you a better leader?”
  2. Happiness: The level of comfort enjoyed by the current generation may be at its highest peak in history. Our phones are smart, cars drive themselves, and the refrigerator communicates when you are low on milk. But are we the happiest generation that ever lived on the planet? Whether a burden or opportunity, social scientists assert we should spend more time contemplating these big issues to help us on a path to lead happier and more fulfilling lives.

In today’s toxic era besieged with conflict and division, perhaps a small dose of understanding and measuring of one’s Spiritual Quotient will do some good. As Barbara Sargent elegantly communicated at The Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders in Switzerland 19 years ago, “Through contemplative practices and spiritual aspiration, we can learn to live in a closer relationship with this deepest and unique aspect of ourselves, this place where inner guidance can come through when we need it most.”

To learn more about the Spiritual Quotient, click 12 Signs You have High Spiritual Intelligence

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EQ Series Part 3 What’s Your Creativity Quotient? [Video]

EQ Series Part 4: Do You Know Why the Adaptability Quotient Is Critical to Success? [Video]

Part 5: Execution Quotient (XQ): Your Most Valued Career Currency [Video] 

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