Insight IQ = Information Skills?

Following on from my post where I wondered if the idea of ‘information professionals’ is now defunct, I recently came across the CEB’s ‘Insight IQ’ [IIQ] model.

CEB IQ Image

From my information/education/L&D perspective, I find this a very interesting concept.  It is largely about information skills (search, retrieval, etc.) and literacies (analysis, evaluation, etc.).  The ‘insight deficit’ is in many ways what information professions have highlighted for a long time, knowledge systems may be in place but skills are lacking.  The CEB materials seem to make the point that the focus now on Data Analytics is effectively the spark to shift attention to this.

If I might analyse the ‘Knowledge Worker Capability’ further you might see the Educational Informatics Venn as foundational:

Educational Informatics

Information Attainability and Usefulness would then be more likely the systems/tools of your organisation, combined with strength of a personal (learning) network and search/retrieval skills.

One feature of the CEB site is that you can review your own IIQ, whilst I am normally against such name tagging systems, my result from the 5 question quiz was that I am an ‘Informed Skeptic’ (which is probably a fair way to describe me in general). In this case this means:

  • Applies judgement to analysis
  • Listens to others and is comfortable with dissent.

According to the theory this is 38% of employees.

There is no doubt some ubermodel that could be pulled together here…something to keep thinking about.

Author: iangardnergb

My name is Ian Gardner and I am interested in various topics that can be seen as related to learning, technology and information. To see what I am reading elsewhere, follow me on The Old Reader ( and/or Twitter (@iangardnergb).

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