The Twentieth Century was about knowledge. More specifically, mastery of knowledge. The reason is simple. It was demonstrated early on that those who have mastered a domain of knowledge offer huge value added to the community. That is so if you are a doctor, or physicist. Mastering knowledge and pursuing new knowledge was the great 20th century game.
There is nothing wrong with this. But there is something missing here as well. How do we — as humans — acquire knowledge as efficiently as possible? What makes us more effective learners?
The conventional answer is that people who are smarter are better at learning. And people who are really, really, really smart, lead the pack to acquire new knowledge. And now we are starting to realize that this conventional wisdom is … well … bull puckey.
Check out Steve Johnson to see why
In other words, there are a host of social skills that go into what we call being smart in a social setting. Here is a nice list from BI
- Effective Communication
- Organization and Management
- Critical Thinking
- Teamwork and Delegation
- Research and Analysis