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Employee engagement, team development, organisational success. These hot topics generate an abundance of strategies for companies looking for ways to generate positive growth. But what really works?  

Personality preference profiles, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), IQ, Resilience (AQ), creativity and innovation. These areas in training and development can deliver fantastic results for your team but nothing like the long term, ongoing results you get when you use them with Team Intelligence™.

What is Team Intelligence™?

Team Intelligence (TeamQ™) is all about teams working together intelligently to improve performance, communication, and ultimately ensure retention of the best team members. It’s where teams build collaborative relationships, communicate openly, and identify strategies for moving forward as a cohesive unit and working to their full potential.

Here’s how combining team intelligence with other things you might know about your teams like Emotional Intelligence (EQ), IQ, DISC profiles, Resilience (AQ), can produce remarkable results.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) 

EQ focuses on an individual’s’ ability to be self-aware, understand and manage their own reactions in situations as well as recognise emotions in others and manage relationships through effective communication. TeamQ brings this to the group level. TQ creates greater self-awareness within the team, building knowledge, understanding and acceptance of each member of the team and creating strategies for building trust and effective communication which serves as the platform for accountability and ultimately high performance.

Personality Preference Profiles

Personality preference profiling like MBTI, DISC, or TMP that test how we humans behave in various situations are a common choice for organisations wanting to get to know the individuals on their teams.  

What’s Your Edge? often carry out DISC Profiles on behalf of organisations because it is a brilliant foundation for bringing teams together to work intelligently. When team members can recognise the personality types of their colleagues, managers, even their boss, they are able to communicate and collaborate more effectively. They have a deeper understanding of another’s reaction and an opportunity to prepare for workplace situations.

Adversity Quotient (AQ) and TeamQ

An adversity quotient (AQ), commonly known as the science of resilience, is a score that measures how a person deals with adversities or stresses in life.

When we understand how well someone in our workplace can manage a stressful situation, we can call on the information to handle a task or provide opportunities for that person to strengthen their abilities, in the best possible manner.

Intelligence Quotient (IQ)

Intelligence tests measure cognitive capacity, the ability to “understand”. While this is useful information, particularly for HR or those who are planning training and development, it’s often difficult to relate one’s IQ to their ability to understand and problem-solve within a specific work environment. When teams understand each other’s skills, strengths and capabilities, they elevate their unique group IQ.

Communication Quotient (CQ)

Communication intelligence measures the ability of people to communicate effectively with one another. Rather than test people on their ability to communicate, we prefer to get straight to the point in What’s Your Edge? Programs and show people how they can effectively communicate with their colleagues and clients. Understanding who they are directing their messages to is the very first step. For example, when team members understand each other’s preferences for communication, they are immediately one step forward in making a better connection with each other.


The bottom line on CQ, IQ, EQ, AQ and the like is that it is all just data. Valuable and usable data, but it is nothing like TeamQ which is about people relating to each other, understanding each other and their data to make better connections and decisions with clarity, empathy, and empowerment.