What are non-cognitive skills?

While it has long been viewed that IQ is the best predictor of success, years of research are illustrating that intelligence and natural talent are simply not enough. Groundbreaking research conducted in the world’s top universities is recognizing the importance of non-cognitive skills.

New research in psychology, education, and behavioral economics is highlighting that while cognitive ability is important, it is not enough. Non-cognitive skills are equally, if not more important, to success. Examples of key non-cognitive factors include:

– Grit

– Resiliency

– Hope

– Self-control

– Conscientiousness

– Adaptability

– Self-motivation

Whether we call them non-cognitive skills, socio-emotional skills, soft skills, or character, one thing is clear – these skills matter, and that they matter a lot. Non-cognitive skills have been shown through research to be excellent predictors of numerous successful life outcomes such as academic achievement, workplace performance, and leadership effectiveness.


What is the Intrinsic Edge?

3_color_ropeThe Intrinsic Edge™, a synthesized model of non-cognitive skills, is a fundamental set of behavioral elements driving human excellence.  It is a brain-based model that serves as the chief predictor of whether a person will possess:

1) The internal drive and motivation to achieve results,

2) The self-discipline and grit needed to accomplish one’s goals,

3) The adaptability and resiliency to overcome obstacles faced on a daily basis, and

4) The honesty and integrity needed to create and maintain a lasting legacy of success.

The Intrinsic Edge™ model represents and assesses the intangible “it factors” separating top performers from the rest who achieve at lower levels.  Developing the Intrinsic Edge™ will give individuals the competitive advantage to produce bottom line results in both their personal and professional lives.

With its scientific roots in decades of research in varied disciplines such as positive psychology, neuroscience, industrial-organizational psychology, leadership studies, cognitive psychology, sociology, and behavioral economics, the non-cognitive components of the Intrinsic Edge™ model have been shown through research to predict:

-Leadership success

-Academic/career achievement

-Physical health and well-being

-Financial success and social mobility

-Engagement and productivity in school/work

Success is driven by people, and the highest achievers possess optimal levels of non-cognitive skills.  The Intrinsic Edge™ is the foundational set of these malleable non-cognitive factors that leads to exceptional human performance and achievement.  As such, people of all ages and organizations can benefit from developing and harnessing the power of the Intrinsic Edge™.