On Oct. 17, hundreds of people around the U.S. will spend part of their Saturday taking a standardized test. Their goal is to join American Mensa, a membership organization for the top 2 percent of test-takers.You don’t need to participate in Mensa Testing Day to fashion yourself a genius. But it helps to think about how you think.
Do you analyze all sides of an argument before you pick a side? The ability to gather facts, weigh evidence and apply critical reasoning skills can set you apart from sloppy thinkers.
Rising above bias helps you scrutinize an issue thoroughly. Even if you’re tempted to draw a conclusion based on your preexisting attitudes or experiences, the brightest people process new information with an open mind.
Another key to developing Mensa-like smarts is to think on multiple levels at once. Consider the short- and long-term repercussions of an employee’s proposal. Evaluate how a new procedure can affect productivity or outcomes for different sets of workers.
Above all, listen more than you speak. Absorb knowledge like a sponge and you can’t help but acquire intelligence.