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Intelligence in a context of Capability

Start by watching this short
TED Talk (if you are inclined)

TED Talk on Intelligence

I watched this because I chose to fool around with
Capability, rather than intelligence, for the reasons you will
see if you choose to invest time in reading the comments about
the talk.

SINCE I am interested in a model of
capability and more so in Leadership Behavior Modeling Systems
[LBMS], I found this talk to be extremely interesting for the
following reasons:

I found that it displays an
interesting set of ideas meta-systematically reasoned.

In reading the comments, I saw the variety of reactions to
the talk and as a leader, attempting to understand leadership,
and to model it, it’s a good lesson in that what you say is
not often heard in the way you meant to say it, which means
you have a double-bind, in my view, of presenting your own
vision–as I saw from this talk.

I also found myself
wrapped up in trying to grok what he was saying, and this is a
good exercise to test your meta-systematic reasoning. I
suspect this begins to touch on paradigmatic reasoning, as
well as the more complex form of cross-paradigmatic. This is
why you see so much confusion in the comments (instead of what
is actually being said about the confusion, et al).

found this a portrayal of what happens when people hear, see,
and feel things that are on the edge of their understanding,
or beyond it and ascribe/attribute meaning to what the person
said based on that position or edge.

This is why I find
this "figuratively" very interesting to denote how much of the
leadership behavior can be misinterpreted, and why when you
are modeling leadership behavior, it’s important to fill in a
lot of gaps, which are not possible in a 12 minute talk, for

Because of the capability issues both required in
four dimensions: horizontal, oblique, vertical, and time; it’s
easy to understand (at least for me) why so many people heard
so many different things… a la blind monks and the elephant.

To me, this was helpful in validating why we need
additional tools to provide explanations for why people heard
so many different things and went off into so many tangents
after watching the talk.

One commenter even stated that
NOTHING the person said made sense to him, and that reminded
me again of the literal and figurative ways in which our
biases dictate what gets in and out through our meaning-making
and how sense-making emerges.

In reading a 100 or so
comments, I realized also the range at which capability
emerges and ironically how intelligence (according to the
author) was actually emerging from the behaviors of the
commenters–to make one of the powerful points contained in
the talk, that intelligence may in fact emerge from, rather
than cause to emerge….

I think intelligence really
strikes a lot of different chords and it seems now to be
almost a pejorative term in a lot of cases, reminding me of
why I continue to pursue capability rather than intelligence,
which may emerge from the 7 Dynamics, one example being
Capability Dynamics.

I think the reason in a postmodern
world that we will need these tools is the ability to nuance
(using this TED Talk as an example) how meaning is made and
from that emergent sense-made.

If I can review most of
the comments, I can with these post modern ideas or tools
@F-L-O-W begin to give you insights and nuances different from
why people said what they said, and reattribute a lot of what
comes out as biases (and is) as difference in capability

I believe it will be important in the
future to be able to explain differences in capability because
the more complex work and working relationships will need to
"puzzle" together capability in a variety of ways as design,
and then to scaffold that capability to emerge this force of

I must admit, I really enjoyed this talk,
including how I found it calling me into a deeper conversation
than what I was hearing, but how the talk itself has continued
to spin off ideas about how we can nuance our understanding of
intelligence (in the context of capability)…

I like
very much his formula and I think it is IMMEDIATELY applicable
to leadership in a post modern time because it indicates that
the force of intelligence may emerge from the capability to
keep options open…

I did find in the comments several
comments about freedom and I disagree (as I have for a number
of years and posts) that freedom is the answer per se….

IT would depend on the goal… as to what the answer would
be and in a lot of cases, I see freedom as an issue rather
than a given.

All in all, I really enjoyed this talk,
and wanted to get it in the archives.



On January 28, President Obama gave his 2014 State of the Union address. 

2014 State of the Union address

What does that speech say about him  and his capabilities?

What can we interpret from the words chosen and used as to what was meant?

How can we benefit by knowing the desired impact the words and meanings of the speech were meant to convey to the public?

Join Mike R. Jay as he pulls back the curtain and exposes the “wizard” for who he really is.

Mike will be dissecting the speech in parts 2, 3, and 4 of his Capability Dynamics course which is the first in his series of the 2014 Postmodern Leadership Development System @F-L-O-W.

You may learn about the program by visiting

We are offering a special $100 discount for this first class, which normally is $197. 

Register below for the discounted tuition and join Mike as he unvails the meaning Capability Dynamics of the 2014 SOTU address.

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Team @F-L-O-W

PS: Below is the outline of the course as well
as a link to the transcript of the SOTU address by President
Obama.  Be sure to listen to the short excerpts of the first
call which sets the stage for the next call.

Bonus: Access to our 2013
Capability program audios.

The discounted tuition for the 2014 Capability Dynamics @F-L-O-W program:  $97. 
All calls will be recorded for you.

Guarantee: If after the
Tuesday call, you do not feel you are benefiting from the
informaiton, we will refund your tuition.  However, you MUST
submit your request to

before 5 pm ET, February 12, 2014.


A Review of Capabilty and Why |
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to listen to snipets of the first call.

View | Identifying Semantically Meaningful Chunks

View | Cataloging Multi-dimensional Capability

View | What does having Capabilty measurements and Judgments


View | References


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