Cognitive Capital in the Knowledge Economy
“Mensan, genius, superior cognitive abilities, Big 4 accounting firm, 2 S&P 500 C Suites, introduced mag stripe cards & digital transactions to the marketplace, ran for Congress, first virtual, cloud based CPA firm.”
Geniuses are noted for superior cognitive ability; creativity & innovation; for making connections between objects that most of us wouldn’t think of connecting; for keeping everything they know, suspect, have seen or read hovering in the back of their brain to call on when appropriate; and combining seemingly disparate facts into remarkable solutions. In the process of doing that, geniuses inevitably think abstractly and apply abstractions—that is, they/we become smarter. The solutions to complex problems sometimes appear instantly in the genius mind before the problem is fully defined.
“A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creative productivity and originality, that is associated with the achievement of new advances in a domain of knowledge. Despite the presence of scholars in many subjects throughout history, many geniuses have shown high achievements in only a single kind of activity.” Wikipedia.
“Genius is being both Intelligent, and being able to tap all one’s intelligence at the right time. Something that is brilliant and temporarily eludes description due to it’s awesomeness. “True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.” –Churchill”.
Another the many advantages I had over my similarly intelligent co-workers in C suites was the ability to improvise. I suspect that came from my right brain characteristics
Mensans rank in the top 2% of society. Genius rank in the top 1%. IQ’s over 200 have been recorded. Intelligence is a continuum, with the lowest on the left end of the line and the highest on the right end of the line. Genius is considered anything above 140 IQ, but that is just an arbitrary point on the continuum. In my opinion, genius probably begins at 145 IQ. That where the thinking process changes. Below 145 IQ, thinking is linear & fact based. Above 145 IQ, thinking is intuitive, visual & imaginative. That also describes left brained & right brained. So, a right brained genius is genius on steroids.
We aren’t your average tax firm. Our founder is not an average tax expert. Our staff isn’t average. We do things other firms don’t do. We aren’t magical, but our founder & our firm rank in the top percentile on each of these key components: performance, intellect, intuition & experience. Like the words to a Sinatra song , they go together like love & marriage.
The complex strategies we use to cut through the 77,000 page long tax code and nearly 300,000 total pages of tax law requires intelligent staff comfortable working in complex environments, dealing with abstract ideas, systems, patterns, sequences, functions, etc. It sets us & you apart from our peers & competitors. If you can see things other people see, you have the advantage from the beginning. The results we produce are sometimes truly remarkable, adding significant competitive advantage over competitors. I have been startled many times at the relatively simple tax cutting schemes other accountants overlook.
Expert: a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area. I.e., “a financial expert” The four components of expertise are: Intellect + intuition + experience + performance. I personally rank in the top 1% in all four areas. My staff bright as well.
“People with an above-average IQ tend to be curious, rapidly assimilate and learn new information, are strategic and can see the bigger picture, hold themselves to high standards, and have superior reasoning skills. They also perceive relationships among seemingly unrelated objects, ideas, or facts and develop unique and original solutions to problems from these relationships—a critical competency in sales for discovery, challenging the status quo, and developing unique solutions and recommendations. These competencies (and more) are why sales professionals with above-average IQs thrive in sales. But there is a dark side. Because high-IQ people tend to think, talk, and connect disparate ideas faster and more rationally than other people, they have the tendency to damage relationships through Impulsiveness, Impatience, Talking down to people, Talking over people, Failure to listen and hear people out, Failure to empathize with others & Overwhelming people with elaborate solutions to basic problems. To effectively navigate relationships and influence the emotions of others, you must learn to temper and complement innate intellectual ability with emotional intelligence.”
Geniuses look at problems in a different way than most people do. They combine thoughts, images and ideas in different ways, and they can recognize patterns that occur in the world that most of us don’t see. They can make connections between objects that most of us wouldn’t think of connecting. For example, Leonardo da Vinci connected a bell ringing to a flat stone hitting the water and causing waves. This conclusion led him to think that sound, like water, also traveled in waves.
The average IQ among Oxford Dons was 125. The highest IQ was 139. None of them at genius IQ levels. Same thing for Doctors and winners of the Nobel prize. In. comparison, Einstein’s IQ has been estimated at between 165 & 185.
Geniuses have laser-like ability to concentrate, incredible problem solving skills & open minds. They are highly adaptable, they understand how much they don’t know, they have insatiable curiosity, they like their own company, they have high self control, get along well with people and are really funny. They think differently than most people. They operate at a level where they can figure out complex problems instantly. This gives the impression that they’re working off assumptions. But that isn’t the case at all. One of my favorite sayings is “Assumptions kill.” They retain basically everything, although most geniuses, including me are absent minded. Don’t be surprised if they forget why they called. They have a massive amount stored in their brain and they never quit cogitating. They never pause. And they spit out unique solutions one after the other.
Inside geniuses’ heads is an intriguing mix of sensibilities. They love the beauty of simplicity but are prone to depression. Perfectionism is a characteristic of genius, as is working alone in solitude. When they set their mind to something, they generally succeed.
One drawback is they are so smart they grow tired and restless for everyone to catch up. This is often mistaken for lack of focus. One solution Is only hire geniuses who graduated #1 in their class.
Geniuses take everything they know, suspect, have seen or read into consideration and combine seemingly disparate facts into remarkable solutions. None of this seems unusual to me. To me it’s normal. This is me.
A polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs, “having learned much”) is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.
“A really intelligent man feels what others only know.”. — Baron de Montesquieu.
The genius can also think in opposites that most of us might not think of. For example, in 1928 Danish physicist Niel Bohr told people light should be imagined as both waves and particles, but not simultaneously.
Geniuses can also think in metaphors. This is also considered a sign of genius. The great philosopher Aristotle thought that if a person could compare two disparate areas of existence and find a relationship between them, that person was indeed gifted.
This is a collection of bits and snippets that I collected from the Web. Emphasis in the longer quotes is mine. Search quotes in Google to find its source.
Exceptional talent in mathematics and science,
Creativity, Genius often comes from finding a new perspective that no one else has taken, new combinations, immensely productive, the ability to make juxtapositions between dissimilar subjects, they can tolerate the ambivalence of tying two unrelated subjects together, metaphor a sign of genius, insight of the highest order, prepare for chance, metaphor a sign of genius. From-creativitypost.com
Geniuses have a strong desire to work hard and long.
It takes courage to do things others consider impossible.
Geniuses know what they want and go after it.
Geniuses continually accumulate information.
Geniuses are frank, forthright and honest. They takeresponsibility for things that go wrong.
Geniuses never doubt they will succeed. Deliberately focus your mind on something good coming up.
Geniuses try to understand the facts of a situation before they judge. They evaluate things on an open minded, unprejudiced basis and are willing to change their mind.
Geniuses are so excited about what they are doing, it encourages others to cooperate with them. Really believe that things will turn out well. Don’t hold back.
Geniuses are opportunity seekers, willing to take on jobs others won’t touch. They are never afraid to try the unknown.
Geniuses know how to motivate people to help them get ahead.
I’ve found geniuses able to make friends easily and be easy on their friends. Be a ‘booster’ not somebody who puts others down. That attitude will win you many valuable friends.
Geniuses are able to effectively get their ideas across to others.
Geniuses have their mental radar working full time.
Geniuses cannot tolerate mediocrity, particularly in themselves. They are never beasily satisfied with themselves. They always strive to do better.
Being flexible enables you to adapt to changing circumstances readily. You resist doing things the same old way. Willing to consider new options
Your inquisitive, curious mind will help you dig deeper. You’re not afraid to admit you don’t know it all. Geniuses lways ask questions about things they don’t understand.
Geniuses know how to think in new combinations, to see things from a different perspective, better than anyone else. They can unclutter their mental environment to develop this type of imagination. Let them daydream, & fantasize.