I was just listening to BBC World Service, and overheard the end of an interview with professor Joseph Nye of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government talking about "Contextual Intelligence".
I did a subsequent googling which led me to this quote: Contextual intelligence is the intuitive diagnostic skill that helps you align your tactics with your objectives so that you get smart strategies in different situations
The JazzCode is all about contextual fit, which is a similar concept. The idea is that in a dynamic, rapid changing environment, the ability to adjust to the context is more important than executing your plan perfectly. In other words, do the right thing or be irrelevant (even if you did everything right). Nye gives president Bush a low score on CI, Clinton a little higher, and Obama a nine (out of ten) because "lived overseas, grew up in a black neighborhood in Chicago and went to Harvard". Nye suggests that diverse backgrounds enhances CI, something to keep in mind the next time you review job applicants.
In jazz, contextual intelligence, the ability to understand and add value in a changing context, is the key quality to good music, good conversations, and good team work.
Then I came across an article in Businessworld which talks about contextual intelligence in leadership based on research at Harvard Business School: