By Steve Pike, Founder of Urban Islands Project
You’ve heard about I.Q.—Wikipedia says I.Q. is a total score derived from several standardized tests designed to assess human intelligence. I.Q. was a big deal when I was a kid. In more recent years, a lot of research has been conducted and books have been written about E.Q.—Wikipedia says that E.Q. is the capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goal(s).
More recently, a new category of intelligence has emerged. Wikipedia calls it Organizational Intelligence and defines it as following: “Organizational Intelligence (OI) is the capability of an organization to comprehend and conclude knowledge relevant to its business purpose. In other words, it is the intellectual capacity of the entire organization.”
The application of the concept of organizational intelligence to the organization or church you lead should be self-evident. Well-led organizations will do everything they can to optimize their collective intelligence for the good of the organization. But I’d like to offer another way of thinking about organizational intelligence.
I’ve concluded that the most effective church starters have a high personal O.I. Personal Organizational Intelligence refers to the ability of an individual to properly understand their relationship to the organizations around them and maximize the cumulative assets of those organizations to optimize the start up process of the new church they are leading. With that definition in mind, here are some ways to raise your Personal Organizational Intelligence.