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Leadership researcher, Fred Fiedler, has looked at the complex relationship between intelligence and leader effectiveness in his Cognitive Resource Theory. Fiedler focuses on two important leader variables: intelligence and experience. What this research shows is that under normal circumstances more intelligent leaders are more effective. This makes sense as intelligent leaders are better able to analyze problems, consider alternative courses of action, gather information, etc. However, under crisis conditions, Fiedler finds, more intelligent leaders are actually LESS effective. What predicts success in a crisis is experience. Highly experienced leaders immediately initiate well-practiced leader behaviors and get the group moving. More intelligent leaders, try to figure things out and the delay creates less efficient and successful leadership under time constraints. –Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use internal monologue to show the intelligence of the leader in your story.

Journaling Prompt: What characteristics do you respect in a leader?

Art Prompt: Intelligent leadership

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about leadership and intelligence.

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“The fact that we have not yet found the slightest evidence for life — much less intelligence — beyond this Earth,” said Arthur C. Clarke, “does not surprise or disappoint me in the least. Our technology must still be laughably primitive, we may be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing of tom-toms while the ether around them carries more words per second than they could utter in a lifetime.” –The Daily Galaxy

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about an intelligent civilization that is searching for life and how they miss the Earth because our signals are too primitive.

Journaling Prompt: Do you care about the possibility of intelligent life on other planets? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: SETI

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the search for intelligent life on other planets – the history of the search and your predictions for the future.

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Research led by scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute found that small-group dynamics — such as jury deliberations, collective bargaining sessions, and cocktail parties — can alter the expression of IQ in some susceptible people. “You may joke about how committee meetings make you feel brain dead, but our findings suggest that they may make you act brain dead as well,” said Read Montague, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, who led the study. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene about your character in a small group. How does his or her behavior change in this setting?

Journaling Prompt: Write about an experience you’ve had in a small group.

Art Prompt: Committee

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about your experiences serving on committees.

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This was shared by Sue Ann Bowling at her Homecoming blog. Thanks Sue!

“Smart is only a polished version of dumb. Try intelligence.” Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals (Discworld)

Writing Prompt: Do a character sketch for one of your characters. Or create a new character. In what ways is your character smart? In what ways are they intelligent? how does your character use these traits in their everyday life? During a crisis?

Journaling Prompt: Are you smart, intelligent, or both? Write about your answer.

Art Prompt: Intelligence

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the difference between “smart” and “intelligent.” Give them strategies to become more intelligent.

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Where do you stand in the debate between free will and determinism? More importantly, as a writer, where do your characters stand?

“Look at bumblebees dancing some time. You wouldn’t believe the stuff they talk about. Solar elevation, topographic cues, time-stamps—they write roadmaps to the best food sources, scaled to the centimeter, and they do it all with a few butt-wiggles. Does that make them free agents? Why do you think we call them drones? 

“Look at the physics of a spider spinning its web. Hell, look at a dog catching a ball—that’s ballistic math, my man. The world’s full of dumb animals who act as though they’re juggling third-order differentials in their heads and it’s all just instinct, man. It’s not freedom. It’s not even intelligence. And you stand there and tell me you’re autonomous just because you can follow a decision tree with a few dozen variables?” -Peter Watts, Maelstrom (The entire Rifters series is available free on Feedbooks courtesy of the author. It’s dystopian sci fi.)

Writing Prompt: Write a debate between two characters with opposing viewpoints on free will.

Journaling Prompt: Do you believe free will? What influenced the formation of your ideas about it?

Art Prompt: Choices
Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience why you do or do not believe in free will.

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