Dick Martin

When I was doing the hiring for AT&T’s PR department, I came to the conclusion that professional writing skills were a leading indicator of basic intelligence.

Daniel Goleman

The GMAT is a surrogate of IQ because it measures analytic abilities. Getting in the 90th percentile positions you for a career platform that starts out at a very high level. But, everyone else on that career platform has similar cognitive aptitudes. There’s very little to distinguish you on an intellectual basis. The other aptitudes turn out to matter more for real-world success, because there … [ Read more ]

Albert Einstein

It’s not that I am so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Malcolm Forbes

The dumbest people I know are those who know it all.

Charles Kettering

Action without intelligence is a form of insanity, but intelligence without action is the greatest form of stupidity in the world.

Robert E. Kelley

IQ does not separate the star from the average performer. Every job has an IQ hurdle that people have to jump over, but whether you jump it and just barely clear it or whether you jump it and clear it by 30 extra points doesn’t seem to make a difference. People get mistakenly fixated on IQ as a predictor of success. There is data that … [ Read more ]

Ray Kurzweil

I think that most of our intelligence is based on pattern recognition. Human thinking is actually not very good at logical and analytical thinking. We are very good at recognizing patterns.

Stephen E. Rudolph, Ernest R. Gilmont, Andrew S. Magee, and Nancy F. Smith

Information is not intelligence, and gathering information is not carrying out competitive intelligence. Many companies have mechanisms to accumulate large amounts of information; significantly fewer companies have mechanisms for conducting competitive intelligence.

Intelligence uses information as raw material, screening, sifting, sorting, verifying, analyzing, interpreting, and compiling it to create a useful output. And just as information is raw material for intelligence, intelligence is raw material for … [ Read more ]

Thomas A. Stewart

Intelligence becomes an asset when some useful order is created out of free flowing brain power-that is, when it is given coherent form (a mailing list, a database, an agenda for a meeting, a description of process); when it is captured in a way that allows it to be described, shared and exploited; and when it can be deployed to do something that could not … [ Read more ]

F. Scott Fitzgerald

… the test of a first class mind is the ability to hold two opposing views in the head at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

Rene Descartes

To train ourselves in sagacity we should exercise our mental powers on those questions which have already been solved by others…

Jean Piaget

Intelligence is what we use when we don’t know what to do, when we have to grope rather than using a standard response.