1. What’s hot in tech: Adaptive Intelligence

Adaptive intelligence refers to the ability of an individual or system to learn, adapt and thrive in response to changing circumstances and environments. It involves not only the acquisition of new information but also the application of this knowledge to effectively navigate and solve problems in dynamic situations. This concept is often associated with the ability to adapt to uncertainties, make informed decisions and respond flexibly to challenges.

Recent studies about Artificial intelligence have shown that the highest form of intelligence is not an absolute, autarchic capability, but the ability to connect to and learn from a network [James Bridle, Way of Being 2022]. In other words, the ability to adapt to one’s environment through adaptive knowledge and communication is the highest form of intelligence in nature. Plants learn from other plants about a prowling animal, early humans learned from their fellow humanoids about a menacing change of climate, and self-driving cars would be useless without us humans ticking the traffic light picture box each time we prompt a Google search.

In broader terms, individuals and organizations can also exhibit adaptive intelligence by fostering a culture of continuous learning, embracing change, and proactively adjusting strategies in response to new information or challenges.

As such, in the fast-paced technological environment, we value the importance of embracing the learning curve. Beyond our tech expertise, nurturing an adaptative mindset is the way we do business, and it is also a value we share with our clients.

2. Values: Expertise – performing through ever-adaptability

Performance is key in sectors like corporate finance and strategy consulting, and this is down to the fact that there is a lot at stake financially. So how do we make sure we stay on top of our game?

  • Understanding the Dynamics: Performance for us is not merely about solving current problems; it’s about being proactive in anticipating future challenges.
  • Talent and Expertise: success depends on the caliber of talent within the company and a well-balanced team to deliver thorough, cutting-edge solutions to meet a wide range of customer needs. We think that building strategic partnerships and collaboration with other companies, industry experts and even clients themselves can lead to a more comprehensive approach to problem solving.
  • Client-Centric Approach: Understanding the unique needs and challenges of each client is paramount. Regular communication and feedback mechanisms ensure that we remain agile.
  • Continuous learning and professional development: By keeping abreast of industry trends, acquiring new skills and adopting a lifelong learning mindset, we stay at the forefront of our field.
  • Innovation and Technology: Our sector is not immune to the transformative power of technology. Data analysis, AI, advanced project management software and other technologies can streamline processes, increase efficiency and provide valuable insights.
  • Measuring and Evaluating Performance: Establishing key performance indicators (KPIs) and regularly evaluating results is essential.

Achieving peak performance requires a multifaceted approach encompassing data-driven decision-making, collaborative teamwork, client-centric focus, and a commitment to continuous learning. By embracing these principles, we are aiming to exceed client expectations in an ever-evolving business landscape.

3. Follow-up: On Performance and Emotions

Thinking about this post from Katharina Dalka regarding emotional intelligence money and power.

Regulating our emotions means acknowledging that we are responsive to them and indeed admitting that they are our driving force.

Following on from this observation, how does emotional intelligence improve performance at work?

According to a study based on more than 95,000 companies.

  • Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to understand and manage emotions.
  • High emotional intelligence correlates with better job performance.
  • Emotionally intelligent employees excel in communication, maintaining control over emotions during presentations and handling conflict and negative emotions more effectively.
  • Strong emotional intelligence contributes to building stronger relationships with colleagues by fostering open communication, collaboration, and support.
  • Employees with emotionally intelligent managers are more engaged at work, leading to higher retention rates.
  • Emotional intelligence is crucial for career progression.

Despite its importance, organisations lack the tools to identify or develop emotional intelligence.

Strategies to develop emotional intelligence include enrolling staff in EQ training, mindfulness, and stress management courses, organising team-building exercises, and promoting a culture of open communication.

Incorporating emotional intelligence into an employee’s development plan is essential for a positive impact on their performance.

Source: Forbes, Alan Price

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