Verbal or linguistic IQ – Roundtable 53

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The words we use become apples of gold to boost our best ideas and propel us forward. In contrast, words can also become triggers of destruction that sow strife or keep conflict alive.

Words well chosen open doors into innovation and delight. Consider a poet’s way to filter life through words, or as does a novelist, journalist, or debater. These people are usually higher in linguistic or verbal IQ and with each use they also grow stronger in verbal domains.

What problem lies in your way at the moment so that you feel unable to transform into an innovative solution? Once we identify a barrier to resolve, we set the stage for our linguistic approach tool and a solution. If we are strong linguistically, we may decide to publish a letter to the editor, write an op-ed, or pen a book.

Without question, organizational change can seem daunting at first glance. That’s why we start with new neural discoveries. We articulate words simply stated – to trigger personal changes that help to step us in the direction of a clear idea worth pursuing.

Let’s say we identify a personal change we’d like to make, using brain based strategies and linguistic skills. We may design a comparative list like the one illustrated below. The use of words helps us to consider together how to improve our use of words to reach higher linguistic targets.

Words matter and those who use them well reach higher goals

In the same way that most of our intelligences dovetail to help us resolve complex problems, so linguistic IQ comes together well with intelligences such as visual or interpersonal IQ.

Have you noticed that traditionally isolated skills rarely work well in conflict settings? We do far better when we combine words for what I call smart skills. To build resourceful 21st Century solutions we integrate our unique capabilities, by surveying our linguistic intelligence. Next step, as you see it…?

Linguistic IQ enables us to create caring communities from disagreeable settings

The Mita brain-powered approaches described in this blog are less tied to age-old customs and more connected to an openness to explore, discover and risk through words, phrases and articulated concepts for change. We now know a great deal more about how brains wire differently, depending on whether we use words to facilitate others, or command and control, for instance.

My recent example uses Mita’s linguistic approach that includes each of the five Mita steps above. 1). My two-footed question: How can we celebrate all women on our upcoming Mother’s Day, rather than exclude many deserving women? 2). My target: a visible opening for excluded women to participate and celebrate on this Mother’s Day. 3). My expectation: clear invitation for excluded moms, daughters, who are alive and memories celebrated for all those women or daughters who have passed on. 4). My movement of brain based tools to act on my innovation includes use of my intrapersonal reflection, and my linguistic ability. I wrote an essay proposal that will appear in The Globe and Mail on May 10th or Globe and Mail online. 5). My reflection tool includes … Where to from here…? In other words I have created my innovation and now I hope to act again to ensure that inclusion becomes the norm in this and other areas where we can care for others and celebrate diversity in ways that benefit all. Think that can happen in ways that move you and those you care about forward?

Linguistic approaches are simply tools that equip us to look past a problem (such as excluding good women on Mother’s Day) and then proposing or leading a verbal solution that uses new neural discoveries to benefit all. That’s why I shared my latest Mita brain based innovation proposed to Globe and Mail for an improved Mother’s Day opportunity.

What is your problem and which of your linguistic intelligence could resolve it?
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