What is Executive Intelligence?

March 11, 2021

  •  Jessica Lind
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Researchers often focus on traits such as personality and style when analyzing how well top executives do their jobs. Although it is important for executive leaders to be charismatic and well-liked by others, these characteristics must be coupled with the right tools to get the job done. This is why executive intelligence is a key aspect of being a strong leader. Just like personality doesn’t always mean success in an executive, random knowledge doesn’t always mean intelligence in a report. 

What is Executive Intelligence?

Executive intelligence is the ability to digest large amounts of information, often with the help of a team, in order to make important decisions and create actionable next steps.Those who demonstrate a high degree of executive intelligence are those willing to approach unfamiliar problems armed with relevant information, prepared to take in immediate feedback, and adjust their goals and approaches accordingly.  There is a distinct set of skills that an individual must be able to demonstrate in three central contexts of work: the accomplishment of tasks, working with and through other people, and judging oneself and adjusting behavior accordingly.

Why is this important to you, as a decision-maker and leader? This vital component of business judgment and leadership allows the most successful business leaders to consistently recognize opportunities, pursue the right ones, identify and overcome obstacles, manage potential risks and mobilize their organizations to act.

Executive Intelligence v. Academic 

Executive intelligence is related to academic intelligence and research, but there are some key differences. Academic ability in language, math, and spatial reasoning has little relevance to many of the day-to-day demands of the business world. Many top business leaders have attended elite academic institutions, and this education can serve as a good foundation, providing individuals with the ability to think critically and understand concepts. However in a business setting, you must be able to not only generate ideas but also turn those ideas into results. This requires abilities that go beyond academic skills. 

What is a Daily Briefing?

A daily briefing usually includes high-level insights on broad topics, sent daily alongside top impactful articles and influencer content. A standard daily briefing includes 5 high-level insights with relevant media and social links attached, an optional graphic item directly relating to the topic, 3-5 top media items with a short summary, as well as 3-5 top social posts that are typically from influential or verified users. This report is formatted and branded based on customer specifications.

How a Daily Briefing Can Help Discover Actionable Intelligence

Today leaders can access a wealth of valuable information and just as easily stumble upon misinformation, a “two way street” presenting as many opportunities for success as possibilities for failure. When leaders sit down today to search for relevant information, they’re as likely to stumble upon unreliable gossip as they are valuable insights after only a few minutes of research. This is a gamble few can afford, making a daily briefing the perfect remedy. Instead of spending hours of valuable time researching potentially useless or misleading information a briefing right to your inbox with vetted information ensures decision making is based on facts and actionable intelligence distilled from the noise. Leaders that demonstrate a high degree of executive intelligence operate with reliable information, and a daily briefing is the most effective way to get it.

What you could gain from a Daily Briefing:

  • Ditch the noise, misinformation, and media fatigue and receive only the most important, useful information and data.
  • Receive balanced coverage from a broad range of sources not available in any other single-source or promotional newsletters.
  • Obtain the insights, best practices, and strategies required to stay focused, adjust, and lead through the coming months.
  • Actionable intelligence that goes beyond the headlines. 
  • An easy-to-read email that takes less than five minutes to consume.

Putting Executive Intelligence to Work

Decision-makers and executives don’t have time to use complex software or write code to obtain intelligence. While some may want to pursue intelligence on their own, daily briefings offered by Turbine Labs can save you time, effort, and the headache of sifting through the amount of intelligence needed for effective decision making. 

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