IQ & EQ meet CQ: Curiosity Quotient by Amanda Marks


Love this Harvard Business Review article about CQ:  Curiosity Quotient.  We know that IQ measures one kind of intelligence - your ability to process information.  EQ measures what we call emotional intelligence, and now we've got CQ, a measure of curiosity and creativity.

One of my biggest life lessons has been learning that the kind of  book smarts for which we're rewarded as students in school is just one, often over-rated, piece of the puzzle.  I've worked hard to build up my EQ.  As for CQ?  I remember being genuinely surprised when I started in advertising and learned that "Creatives" were distinctly labeled category of employee.  Wasn't everyone creative?  We all finger painted when were kids, right?  I never really thought about people who had left playfulness behind.

I've always been curious myself and am drawn to people who love to explore, unpack and discover.  Per article author Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic among the upsides are: tolerance for ambiguity and increased intellectual investment.  Yuh, like those come in handy in the arts.

First, individuals with higher CQ are generally more tolerant of ambiguity. This nuanced, sophisticated, subtle thinking style defines the very essence of complexity. Second, CQ leads to higher levels of intellectual investment and knowledge acquisition over time, especially in formal domains of education, such as science and art (note: this is of course different from IQ’s measurement of raw intellectual horsepower).

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