Last night, working with a client on co-developing (with the hosting team) the design for the upcoming, Learning Day of her community of practice, I received by email her next iteration of the design, within hours that I sent her mine. Observing the broader implications of our exchange inspired this blog entry.
Just like the yield of financial capital can increase by its faster circulation, so does the yield of “collective intelligence” capital. In other words, the more frequently colleagues have a chance to exchange ideas and build on each other’s thoughts and inspirations, the more they can increase their collective IQ.
Each subsequent articulation of a common document by multiple authors represents another layer of intelligence/perspective added. The idea of collective hosting and collective leadership relies on the fact that in the complex reality of social groups, no one individual can really hold the whole picture. None of us is as smart as all of us. The timeliness of iterations makes that adage more visible.??
Thinking and acting in a context of our collective intelligence implies a certain awareness of how many other members could use my output as their input, and how fast, to increase iteration velocity. When prioritizing our individual actions from a “boosting collective intelligence” perspective becomes our second nature, we’ll notice that things are moving more fluidly and community can achieve greater results in shorter time for the benefit of its members and other stakeholders.??
That needs be taken with the caveat that iteration velocity should not impair the members’ healthy work-life balance. For example, I do not argue, for working on a meeting design draft to share with colleagues, after dinner if that would take time away from the kids. A highly CI-centric orientation of our actions shouldn’t override the individual’s responsibility to take care of his/her needs, including of a healthy family/social life.