Judgment Quotient

What is “Judgment Quotient”?

What is “Judgment Quotient®”?

Your Judgment Quotient®, or JQ®, is your ability to make a choice in the moment that aligns with your values and goals.

In other words, it’s the very thing you wish you had more of when you do something you regret.

“Why did I do that?”

You’ve probably asked yourself this—many times. You can’t take back what you say or do. But you can prevent making regrettable choices—if you’re aware of them in the moment.

It doesn’t matter how high your IQ is. Or your EQ, for that matter. Being smart and emotionally attuned will only take you so far.

Without JQ, you can achieve success, but you also run a higher risk of missteps and regret—even scandal.

That’s because it’s not about how smart or intuitive you are; it’s about the judgment you use when making even the smallest of decisions that determines your success.

Don’t leave your choices to chance. Or whim. Or mood.
Engineer them.

You need a higher JQ (Judgment Quotient). Here’s why.

What is the definition of smart? Great recall? Excellent communication? Nope.

You might have a high IQ. And a high EQ, or Emotional Quotient.

But if you have only those two, you’re not all that smart. You’re missing the keystone of full intelligence:

Judgment. Your ability to weigh information and make the large and small choices that advance your goals and align with your values.

You need IQ, you need EQ. But you also need JQ because it’s what holds them together — and puts you in a much better position to achieve, sustain, and leverage success.

Have you ever thought about…

…how you greet a person?
…how you react when someone walks into your office?
…how you start a meeting?
…how you reply to emails?
…how you act under stress?
…how you meet rejection?
…how you respond to new information?
…how you handle a temptation?

Every single choice has the power to advance or derail your goals—and if you lack JQ, these choices will gradually erode your reputation, credibility, and trust.

Need more evidence that JQ is important? Consider this: Where has a high IQ protected leaders and entrepreneurs from making horrendous, career-ending, and even life-ending choices? (Recall Anthony Weiner, if you will.)

It hasn’t. And where has high emotional intelligence prevented people from sacrificing their prospects with a scandalous choice they should have known would hurt them? Wrong again.

But here is the good news. JQ is not inborn. It is a skill that you can consciously improve.

The key is awareness, reflection, and action. You can’t boost your JQ without doing all three things. I teach people how.

Your Judgment Quotient®, or JQ®, is your ability to make a choice in the moment that aligns with your values and goals.

In other words, it’s the very thing you wish you had more of when you do something you regret.

“Why did I do that?”

You’ve probably asked yourself this—many times. You can’t take back what you say or do. But you can prevent making regrettable choices—if you’re aware of them in the moment.

It doesn’t matter how high your IQ is. Or your EQ, for that matter. Being smart and emotionally attuned will only take you so far.

Without JQ, you can achieve success, but you also run a higher risk of missteps and regret—even scandal.

That’s because it’s not about how smart or intuitive you are; it’s about the judgment you use when making even the smallest of decisions that determines your success.

Don’t leave your choices to chance. Or whim. Or mood.
Engineer them.

You need a higher JQ (Judgment Quotient). Here’s why.

What is the definition of smart? Great recall? Excellent communication? Nope.

You might have a high IQ. And a high EQ, or Emotional Quotient.

But if you have only those two, you’re not all that smart. You’re missing the keystone of full intelligence:

Judgment. Your ability to weigh information and make the large and small choices that advance your goals and align with your values.

You need IQ, you need EQ. But you also need JQ because it’s what holds them together — and puts you in a much better position to achieve, sustain, and leverage success.

Have you ever thought about…

…how you greet a person?
…how you react when someone walks into your office?
…how you start a meeting?
…how you reply to emails?
…how you act under stress?
…how you meet rejection?
…how you respond to new information?
…how you handle a temptation?

Every single choice has the power to advance or derail your goals—and if you lack JQ, these choices will gradually erode your reputation, credibility, and trust.

Need more evidence that JQ is important? Consider this: Where has a high IQ protected leaders and entrepreneurs from making horrendous, career-ending, and even life-ending choices? (Recall Anthony Weiner, if you will.)

It hasn’t. And where has high emotional intelligence prevented people from sacrificing their prospects with a scandalous choice they should have known would hurt them? Wrong again.

But here is the good news. JQ is not inborn. It is a skill that you can consciously improve.

The key is awareness, reflection, and action. You can’t boost your JQ without doing all three things. I teach people how.