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What is your Adaptability Quotient?

What if you can measure your Adaptability, providing insights and tools to help individuals, teams, and organizations adapt quickly to our everchanging world of work. This energetic, humorous speech gives you all the insights and content you need to know to take the next step.


Adaptiotic Table

AQ, or Adaptability Quotient, is a holistic measure of workplace adaptability. The higher your AQ, the more likely you will be able to recover from setbacks, find alternative solutions to problems and embrace change. AQ is measured across three key core dimensions:

Ability AQ

Who adapts and why?

Represents learned adaptability skills, such as the ability to pursue a goal long term despite obstacles (Grit), the ability to hold contradictory ideas in mind (Mental Flexibility), self-beliefs (AQ Mindset), recover from setbacks (Resilience), and the ability to be able to let go of old skills and learn new ones (Unlearn).

Ability AQ can change over time as you learn and grow your skillset. As a result, it has the greatest impact on your AQ score.

Character AQ

Who adapts and why?
How and to what degree does someone adapt?

Describes adaptability elements linked to more innate or stable aspects of Self. It is comprised of your Emotional Range, Extraversion preference, Hope, Motivation Style, and Thinking Style.

AQ Character reflects the way in which we might approach adapting and offers predictors of adaptability behaviour. This means that we are able to learn what situations we are likely to respond adaptably to, and what situations may challenge our adaptability.

Environment AQ

When does someone adapt?

Your environment can either help or inhibit your adaptation. Even someone with high adaptability skills and an adaptable personality can struggle to adapt if their environment negatively impacts adaptability.

This is why this third dimension of AQ is critical. Your work environment is typically out of your control to an extent. We measure Environmental AQ across five sub-dimensions: Company Support, Emotional Health, Team Support, Work Environment, and Work Stress.

An introduction to the AQai adaptability assessment and training platform.

The AQ Model

Based on academic and organisational research plus 100+ scientific publications in the Financial Times top 50 journals

“Measuring the abilities, characteristics, and environmental factors that impact the successful behaviours and actions of people and organizations to effectively respond to uncertainty, new information or changed circumstances.”  (Decoding AQ, 2020)