Understanding 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)

The power of the A.C.E. model inside AQ

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:

How and to what degree
to I adapt?

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.

Grit
Mental Flexibility
Mindset
Resilience
Unlearn

Who adapts and why?

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.

Emotional Range
Extraversion
Hope
Motivational Style
Thinking Style

When does someone adapt, and to what degree?

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.

Company Support
Emotional Health
Team Support
Work Environment
Work Stress

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How the AQ Model brings value to people

Comprehensive Assessment Tools

Interactive and engaging conversational assessment experience delivers personalized dashboard reports to every user. Covering 15 dimensions of adaptability.

Team Performance Reporting

Highly customizable and filterable data reporting, highlighting team insights to increase efficiency and targeted development plans.

Optimised insights & strenthening tools

Global benchmark data, and actionable development activities directly inside the platform.

Global community & comprehensive support

Find and engage with our partner success team who can help you select from our network of over 150 AQ Certified™ practitioners from over 20 countries.

Super Easy On-Boarding

Your platform access and setup is supported by our global team of practitioners, together with simple video walkthroughs and resources.

Comprehensive Assessment Tools

Interactive and engaging conversational assessment experience delivers personalized dashboard reports to every user. Covering 15 dimensions of adaptability.

Team Performance Reporting

Highly customizable and filterable data reporting, highlighting team insights to increase efficiency and targeted development plans.

Comprehensive Assessment Tools

Interactive and engaging conversational assessment experience delivers personalized dashboard reports to every user. Covering 15 dimensions of adaptability.

Team Performance Reporting

Highly customizable and filterable data reporting, highlighting team insights to increase efficiency and targeted development plans.

Optimised insights & strenthening tools

Global benchmark data, and actionable development activities directly inside the platform.

Global community & comprehensive support

Find and engage with our partner success team who can help you select from our network of over 150 AQ Certified™ practitioners from over 20 countries.

Super Easy On-Boarding

Your platform access and setup is supported by our global team of practitioners, together with simple video walkthroughs and resources.

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