Do you know what your IQ is?

Traditionally the term IQ refers to a person’s Intelligence Quotient. It was considered a measure of how smart someone was and by extension how likely it was that person would succeed in life.


But I want to announce that today we have a completely DIFFERENT kind of IQ that can help with facilitating success in our brave new world. It is our INTRAPRENEURIAL QUOTIENT.

Our intrapreneurial quotient is not a measure of our intelligence but rather our enterprising spirit that we can bring to work every day.

We are going to need high levels of the new IQ to succeed in a VUCA (Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous) world. 

We’ve all heard the statistics about job losses due to automation over the next decade. It is predicted that by 2030 between 30% and 40% of current jobs will be lost to technology in various forms. Even white collar jobs that were once considered ‘unautomatable’, such as lawyering, stockbroking and doctoring, are now able to be done by robots. Machine learning systems and artificial intelligence outperform human radiologists and pathologists at interpreting medical images and data. Writer George Crane famously said, ‘There is no future in any job. The future lies in the person who holds the job.’

People who take a passive approach to their professional development and rely entirely on their workplace to provide for their ongoing learning will find themselves losing ground to more proactive, lifelong learners who actively and independently seek out opportunities to extend themselves – both within their workplaces and beyond. As we enter the ‘gig economy’, characterised by more short-term contracts and freelance work rather than permanent jobs, people are shaping their careers in non-traditional ways.

In this environment someone with a reputation and a track record for being intrapreneurial is more likely to be in demand – in ANY industry. These are the people who have a demonstrated ability to rise above obstacles, overcome barriers, persist in learning new skills, solve problems creatively, find and capitalise on opportunities.

Today people who can overlay their expertise with an entrepreneurial approach, mindset and outlook will most likely be the ones who will succeed.

If you would like to know more about the new IQ and the 12 factors that constitute it then register for my 30 minute webinar this Friday, 5 April 2019, 10:00- 10:30 AEST.

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What you’ll learn in this webinar.

  • Why the NEW IQ is more relevant to your success today than the old IQ;
  • The 12 essential skills that make up our INTRAPRENEURIAL QUOTIENT; and
  • How to boost our IQ (Intrapreneurial Quotient) for greater success and achievement.



Until next time,



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