Collaborative Intelligence and Parenting

31 August 2015


When asked about their biggest challenges at work, our clients all cite a common problem: other people. This response reflects the way we have been taught to focus on the gulfs between us rather than valuing our intellectual diversity—that is, the ways in which each of us is uniquely gifted; how we process information and frame questions; what kind of things deplete us, and what engages and inspires us. Through a series of practices and strategies, Collaborative Intelligence teaches us how to recognize our own mind patterns and how to map the talents of our teams, with the goal of embarking, together, on an aligned course of action and influence.

It is no different when we ask about the biggest challenges at home: understanding our kids. Just as you learn to manage the diversity of a team, parenting today requires you to recognize differences in how we think, learn, and communicate at home. As a parent you can also apply concepts and strategies you learn in Collaborative Intelligence with your children; you will invariably build a healthier family. Recognizing each of our unique differences can prevent unnecessary breakdowns with one another where it matters most.

“Every child has a unique way of being smart: particular talents, strengths, and conditions that are natural to follow when he or she learns. Every child has capacities that, when used effectively, can become fulfilling, purposeful and joyful contribution to the world.”

–Dawna Markova and Angie McArthur


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