IQ Isn't Enough Anymore: You Need PQ, Too
That would be 'passion quotient,' says Thomas Friedman
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2013 1:02 PM CST
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(Newser) – Thomas Friedman wrote his The World Is Flat best-seller about our connected world in 2004. But that was mostly before the dawn of cloud computing, Facebook, Twitter, etc., he points out today in the New York Times. In the years since, the world has gone from connected to "hyperconnected," a phenomenon he dubs the "Great Inflection." And anyone who ignores the consequences is more likely to end up in the unemployment line, Friedman argues.

What to do? Develop skills that complement technology instead of "ones that can be easily replaced by it." Learn how to learn. "The winners won’t just be those with more IQ. It will also be those with more PQ (passion quotient) and CQ (curiosity quotient) to leverage all the new digital tools to not just find a job, but to invent one or reinvent one, and to not just learn but to relearn for a lifetime." Click for Friedman's full column.

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trebor171
Jan 30, 2013 10:22 PM CST
Technology is the reason for world wide high unemployment figures. We have arrived at the point of efficiency that less people are needed to produce enough goods and services to meet the needs of the populace. Where once it took one hundred thousand Egyptians to create a pyramid today one hundred men can build a ten story hotel. Robots build cars, computers handle data, satellites deliver phone calls, one tractor and one combine can do the work of a hundred humans, you get my point. I wonder if it will ever turn again where more hands are needed to keep up with demand for g&s.
SPHeroid
Jan 30, 2013 9:30 PM CST
How could he overlook the BQ?..... Because beautiful people have an automatic leg up on us homely masses...
markojaric
Jan 30, 2013 7:29 PM CST
Why should anyone listen to Thomas Friedman??? What a tard! Fundamentals will always be the core driver in business (food, shelter, clothing). I am a technical professional and am about as "connected" as they come, and I say PQ stands for PoopooQuotient, because that is about as far as it is going to go.