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David Livermore


Cultural Intelligence

What Is It?

Cultural Intelligence, or CQ®

CQ is your capability to effectively work and relate with people with different cultural backgroundsincluding different national, ethnic, organizational, generational, and many other backgrounds. More simply, it’s the ability to relate to anyone, anywhere. 

Cultural intelligence includes four capabilities:

  • CQ Drive: Your level of interest, perseverance, and confidence during intercultural situations
  • CQ Knowledge: Your understanding about cultural similarities and differences
  • CQ Strategy: Your ability to plan and be aware during culturally diverse situations
  • CQ Action: Your ability to adapt as needed when working and relating with people from different backgrounds.

Cultural intelligence is rooted in rooted in rigorous, academic research conducted by scholars around the world. Leading organizations in business, education, government, and healthcare are adopting CQ as a key component of personnel development and competitive advantage. 

I’ve been privileged to be part of leading the work on cultural intelligence from the beginning.

 Visit the links below from the Cultural Intelligence Center, a company I co-founded, to learn more about the power of CQ for you and those you lead.

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