After explaining a bit about AQ to our teenage daughter Naushin, I gave her a real-life incident that happened the day before yesterday with his brother Mohsin.
I asked Naushin to listen attentively about the incident that took place with Mohsin so that at the end of the description, she had to tell me AQ of Mohsin high or low.
Naushin asked me to carry on….
As so many online webinars going on to develop different skill, being virtual platform becomes new normal for learning and skill development, I forwarded one Facebook advertisement to Mohsin about Honorary Doctorate in Memory Management Strategist Dr. Manjunath,s program “ develop a habit to be top 1% among the world”. I asked Mohsin to join the program which is going to be started after a week time for 6-days at morning at 5.30 AM.
Mohsin almost shouted, papa, Its 5.30 AM in the morning! No way. How could I …!!
I asked Naushin, from this reaction of Mohsin, how you describe Mohsin’s AQ level?
She said , definitely low, not High!
That’s adaptability quotient!! AQ.
I think he incident speaks itself about adaptability quotient.
Adaptability quotient is adaptability quotient. It’s your ability to adapt to change – or even embrace it – in order to continue growing and advance your career as well as your personal life. The ability to change your thoughts and behaviours in a productive way in response to change is the defining factor of AQ.
In fact, its already.
Both IQ and EQ are considered important to our career success as well as for personal growth. But today, as technology redefines how we work, the skills we need to thrive in the job market are evolving too. That’s why, Adaptability quotient is going to be new normal in coming years.
Why adaptability quotient matters so much that its going to be new normal:
Natalie Fratto, a New York-based vice-president at Goldman Sachs an American multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York City. says “IQ is the minimum you need to get a job, but adaptability quotient is how you will be successful over time,” Her TED talk on the subject has already gone viral.
For you kind information, adaptability quotient has already become an important quality that NASA includes it as one of the five key characteristics they look for in prospective astronauts.
When NASA adopts it, slowly many organization are adopting it.
Going a step further, Amy Edmondson, a professor of leadership and management at Harvard Business School says that it is the breakneck speed of workplace change that will make AQ more valuable than IQ.
An IBM study done in 2019 says that Technology has vastly changed how many jobs are done, and the disruption will continue – over the next three years, 120 million people in the world’s 12 largest economies may need to be reskilled because of automation.
Both IQ and EQ are considered important to our career success and our personal life. But because of vast technology advancement how we work, the skills we need to thrive in the job market are evolving too. So, AQ has been emerging as new player as per as career growth and personal growth is concerned in an environment of fast and frequent change.
Being Indian, we all know the tragic incident happened with Bollywood celebrity actor Sushant Singh Rajput who committed suicide. Though many controversy emerged later on, but think if he had a high AQ, he would have likely built up some skill in self-awareness and self-regulation without reacting negatively which might to lead to save his life!
Research says Candidates with a high adaptability quotient are enthusiastic and positive when discussing how they navigated challenges and effectively responded to change.
So we all must thrive to develop our adaptability quotient level to a higher level.
By that time, you may be knowing the importance of adaptability quotient.
But the million-dollar question is how do we improve it?
To some extent, you can say, AQ is down to personality.
After all, because of so many reasons some of us thrive on change and facing new challenges, while others prefer things to remain the same.
Even if some of you naturally avoids any upcoming change, that doesn’t mean you can’t develop your adaptability quotient. Just like your IQ and EQ, adaptability quotient can also be improved through sheer commitment and practice. Visualize it like a muscle: the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and over time more efficient it becomes.
To mprove your adaptability quotient, you must remember certain things
As per as AQ is concerned, Natalie Fratto, vice-president at Goldman Sachs and AQ expert describes three ways through which you can improve your AQ.
I) Instead of asking “Tell me about yourself, change it to “What if” questions. Asking yourself “what if…” questions, prompts your brain to pre-empt what could happen before it actually occurs. This “what if” question force our brains to get into gear, and helps us better adapt to changes if they do arise. As we know change is inevitable, thinking about what that change might look like and how we’ll handle it can give us a big advantage.
II) Active unlearning. Always challenge your mindset, find out new possibilities, link with new information. As quoted by Mahatma Gandhi “I must reduce myself to zero” .Its like override data with new information like a computer running a disk clean-up.As Our adaptability is not fixed,” Fratto emphasizes: “Each of us has the capacity to improve through dedication and hard work.”
III) Prioritizing exploration over exploitation.. To never fall too far in love with your wins, but rather continue to proactively seek out what might kill you next. Instead of exploiting past successes, we should be exploring new ones, striving to be in “a state of constant seeking”: What’s around the corner? What struggles might we face? How can we improve?
In life, the only thing we can be sure of is that change is coming. It’s unavoidable and out of our control. Like coronavirus pandemic. It’s unexpected. But comes. A major shift in the world environment. A major change. But we have to adapt to it. All we can do is ensure we’re able to adapt to it when it comes.
In his bestselling book ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’, Dr. Spencer Johnson illustrates the importance of being able to deal with unexpected change.
“That what you are afraid of is never as bad as you imagine. The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists.”
You can not but avoid adaptability quotient as its going to be new normal in coming year, which we can better understand from English naturalist, geologist and biologist, Charles Darwin‘s famous quote:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” .
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