The AQ Model

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The first ever complete view on adaptability

“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)


3+ years of collaborative research with experts

Through collaborations in academic, business and scientific fields of excellence, we designed our AQme assessment in line with best-in class psychometric and analytical principles. This allows us to not only be confident our questions capture individual and team adaptability but also that our assessment can help inform business decisions with thorough predictive analytics.


A rigorously tested assessment model

All questions for the upcoming assessment show good reliability (measured with the Cronbach’s alpha). We validated our dimensions underlying adaptability with a factor analysis. This ensures we use the right measure for all aspects of employee
adaptability. Our measures represent the full range of possible answers (with a normal distribution). We refined our questions so we accurately capture distinct levels of adaptability.


Accurate, personalized insights to kickstart change

If you can't measure it, you can't improve it (said famously by Peter Drucker, a management consultant and educator). So by measuring individual or team AQ, receiving highly accurate and personalized insights, you'll be able to connect the dots and begin your change journey with the evidence needed to gain traction, and we'll use our AI predictivity to show you exactly where to focus your efforts to make the greatest improvements of AQ.

Easy as A.C.E


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

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 adaption. 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.



Adaptability, an organizational superpower

Insights from the Global AQ 2019 Study. The first of our Future of Work Impact Reports, expect this to be an informative read with statistical data on the current benchmarks and a great buy-in asset for your organization to begin their journey to strengthening their adaptability model.


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