How are you smart?

August 17th, 2015

multiple intelligences

CRANIUM Point: Multiple Ways of Learning not a narrow view of smart
Value the multiple intelligences all individuals bring to the team.


The question is not “how smart are you?” but rather “how are you smart?” Howard Gardner and others have proven our gifts, talents, and abilities far exceed what can be measured by a single standardized test.  There are many variations to the theory of multiple intelligences but here is a short list to open the door to discovering how you and the people around you can be smart:

  • Musical–rhythmic and harmonic
  • Visual–spatial
  • Verbal–linguistic
  • Logical–mathematical
  • Bodily–kinesthetic
  • Interpersonal
  • Intrapersonal
  • Naturalistic
  • Existential

As you can see there are many ways one can be gifted.  Ponder this idea today, explore more into the theory and seek out ways to use your intelligences and those around you more effectively.

It’s a numbers game

July 24th, 2015

CRANIUM Point: Multiple Intelligences not a narrow view of smart
Value the multiple intelligences all individuals bring to the team.


I hope you’re not one of those people who says, “I’m not good with numbers,” or “math isn’t my thing.”  That sort of deflating self-talk is not healthy and not true.  There’s a million number of ways of being ‘good with numbers.’  Your strength with numbers in paying bills, creating forecasts and spreadsheets, developing a budget, estimating costs.

Build on your strength with numbers by doing more of what you are confident in. Being good with balancing your checkbook, for example, could make your budget easier to manage.  You might be good with spreadsheets and by learning some new techniques you could generate profit and loss statements to make up for the stress of having to forecast and allocate resources.

The larger point is to that having a weakness in one area is never a good reason to throw the baby out with the bath water.  Your strengths can more than make up for your weaknesses.

Can your best be better?

June 29th, 2015

businesswoman dressed as a superhero

We all have strengths. We all have weaknesses. It’s easy and common for us to over-emphasize them both outsized in our minds, thinking our strengths are greater than they really are and our weaknesses are much worse than they really are. Today we’re going to tackle our strengths, specifically making those strengths stronger – for real.

So, right now, list your three greatest strengths. These strengths may be skills, abilities, or interests. But, seriously, grab a pen. Write it right now. Waiting…good.

Now, for each strength identified, list three to five practical ways to fuel and grow. Consider traditional learning such as classes and books, reaching out to people for mentoring and coaching, and finding an experience to apply the strength. Keep the other Cranium bullets in mind as you do so:

  • be creative
  • make sure it’s relevant
  • involve tangible action
  • remember the power of novelty
  • incorporate interaction with others
  • use the emotions that drive you
  • try and connect it so several of you multiple intelligences

Good luck!  You can do this.  Just follow through.  Schedule something right now!