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Adapt or Die

Updated: Jan 27, 2020


It's not the strongest of the species that survives; nor the most intelligent. It's the one that is most adaptable to change - Charles Darwin.


If we want to become successful in the workplace we need to be adaptable. The days are gone where we would master one skill and stick with it.

Amy Edmonson from the Harvard Business School says, 'We must keep learning, to the point where an ability to adapt – our adaptability quotient (AQ) – is becoming the X-factor for career success.'


We need our business and our people to be adaptable and trends are pointing to AQ as being a sort after ability in the workplace.


Despite being a chief factor of success in the business world today, Adaptability Quotient (AQ) has flown silently under the radar. At a business level, it is defined as: the ability to adjust course, product, service, and strategy in response to unanticipated changes in the market.

Today’s businesses are having to find ways to thrive in a rapidly changing business environment, including embracing new and sometimes quite radical business models and more forward-thinking ways of working.


AQ is taking its place alongside established quotients such as EQ and IQ. AQ does not enjoy the same level of recognition - yet.

The good news is that we can all become more adaptable.

In her 2007 bestseller ' Mindset: The New Psychology of Success ' Carol Dweck talks about the two main mindsets we can navigate life with: growth and fixed. Having a growth mindset is essential for becoming more adaptable.


And - even better news - we can measure our AQ and learn how to leverage it as well as strategies to develop it.

Psychometric profiling is one tool to understand the level of adaptability and the REACH QUOTIENT is unique in measuring Adaptability as one of the 10 measurable dimensions we can apply in the workplace.


We need to start championing change.

If there's one thing that's constant in life and in business, it's change. To increase your business success, take accountability and help your people not only deal with change but help them become champions of change by embracing adaptability..


Think adaptation and speed. Think change. Think personal innovation. Think personal adaptation. Think personal reinvention.

Adopt the mantra: Adapt or Die!



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