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Unleashing Human Potential: Lessons from 'Beyond IQ' for Innovative Consulting Practices

"Beyond IQ" exemplifies how integrating Exponential Organization (ExO) principles like interfaces, dashboards, experimentation, autonomy, and social technologies enabled its global expansion and impact in revolutionizing career guidance and skill development.

Niki Faldemolaei Jonathan Frost

The story behind "Beyond IQ" offers an inspiring example of how innovative thinking and technological integration can revolutionize an entire industry. At its core, the platform challenges traditional assumptions about intelligence and career paths. By recognizing the diverse array of human abilities beyond just logic and language skills, it empowers individuals to discover their unique strengths and pursue fulfilling careers aligned with their natural talents.

The development process showcases several key principles that consultants could incorporate into their own practices. First, there's the willingness to experiment and disrupt existing models – "Beyond IQ" didn't just tweak career assessments, it fundamentally reimagined the entire approach. This mindset of continuous innovation is crucial for staying ahead in our rapidly evolving world.

This chapter is part of a larger book, Exponential Organizations in Action: Community-Curated Case Studies Transforming An Abundant Future, that showcases how the exponential organization (ExO) framework pioneered by Salim Ismail, Peter Diamandis and a community of curators can be applied by small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs.

The Race to Reskill

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Global Reach - Implementing ExO Principles for Worldwide Expansion

As "Beyond IQ" grew, Jon's team realised that to achieve a truly global reach, they needed to embrace more Exponential Organization (ExO) principles. The platform, now a hub for career guidance and skill development, attracted global attention. It wasn't just individuals using "Beyond IQ"; corporations began employing it to discover and nurture talent within their teams, schools used it for student career guidance, and governments recognized it as a tool for workforce development. They focused on Interfaces, Dashboards, Experimentation, Autonomy, and Social Technologies to scale their impact worldwide.

Interfaces: To manage the increasing influx of users and data, "Beyond IQ" developed sophisticated interfaces. These interfaces streamlined interactions between the platform and its users, regardless of their location. They ensured that the test and subsequent resources were easily accessible and user-friendly. Additionally, these interfaces facilitated seamless interactions between users and career coaches across different time zones, languages, and cultures.

Dashboards: Data-driven decision-making was crucial for scaling up. Jon's team implemented comprehensive dashboards that provided real-time insights into user engagement, test performance, and user feedback. These dashboards were instrumental in understanding user needs and preferences across different regions, allowing for tailored content and services. This data also helped in identifying emerging career trends globally, keeping "Beyond IQ" ahead of the curve.

Experimentation: Adopting a culture of experimentation, "Beyond IQ" constantly tested new features, marketing strategies, and business models in different markets, including translation into many languages. This approach allowed them to understand what worked and what didn’t in various cultural contexts. Experimentation led to innovations in how the test was administered, how results were communicated, and how follow-up services were offered, ensuring relevance and effectiveness in diverse global markets.

Autonomy: To manage their expanding global presence, Jon's team decentralised operations, giving regional teams a degree of autonomy. These teams had the freedom to adapt the platform’s offerings to local markets while maintaining the core values and objectives of "Beyond IQ." This autonomy ensured that the platform remained culturally sensitive and relevant, enhancing user experience and satisfaction.

Social Technologies: Recognizing the power of social media and community, "Beyond IQ" leveraged social technologies to build a global community of users, coaches, and career development enthusiasts. They created online forums, social media groups, and virtual events where individuals could share experiences, network, and support each other. This fostered a sense of global community, essential for the platform's organic growth and user engagement.

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Achieving SDG 8

Additionally, the strategic use of emerging tech like AI algorithms and data analytics allowed the platform to provide personalized, accurate insights at scale. As consultants, leveraging these kinds of tools can enhance the value we deliver to clients. However, it's about more than just the tech itself – "Beyond IQ" paired it with human expertise through career coaching to create a holistic solution.

Perhaps most importantly, the platform's ultimate success stemmed from its ability to adapt to diverse global markets through localization, decentralized operations, and fostering an engaged community. Replicating this level of context-driven customization and relationship-building could be transformative for consulting practices looking to expand their reach.

Ultimately, the "Beyond IQ" story isn't just about an online assessment – it's a blueprint for how to build purpose-driven organizations that create value by empowering people. As consultants, ensuring our work has that kind of positive impact while embracing innovation should be the goal. Discussing real-world examples like this can spark ideas for how we integrate those principles into our own practices and services.

About the Authors

Niki Faldemolaei Niki's portfolio includes transformative projects like Compliance Agility for SDG/ESG's, ExO Angels, and the Extended Health Span Index, demonstrating her ability to reshape industries and drive impactful change.

Jonathan Frost Author of Thrive in a Changing Economy: Alternative Careers for a Sustainable Future: How to Pursue and Excel in High-Demand Green Careers Without a Formal Degree. Jon intends for “Beyond IQ” to become a testament to the power of belief, innovation, and the unrelenting pursuit of uncovering the potential within us all.

Stewarded by ExO Angels 

ExO Angels have deep ties to solving global challenges. In recent years, there has been an increased focus on decentralized forms of social organization. This shift is in part due to the growing body of evidence that decentralized systems are more effective at meeting the needs of their members. When power is decentralized, individuals are able to make decisions that are based on the needs of their community rather than the top 1%. This leads to more equitable and sustainable societies.

One of the most important benefits of decentralized systems is that they give the female archetype a greater role in decision-making. When women are given sovereignty over their own communities, they are more likely to focus on the needs of their residents. This, in turn, leads to more sustainable and equitable societies. Decentralization is a powerful tool for promoting social justice and creating more livable communities. The time is now to embody the divine balance of nature's law.

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Dr Jonathan Frost, PhD in semiconductor physics & 100+ hours of coaching experience. He's a teacher, IT consultant & sustainability advocate. He's in the UK with his wife, 3 children & grandchildren.