The Origin Of HyperQ

March 30, 2020

Every great solution has an origin story, and today I’m going to tell you about the origin of HyperQ — the key to building an unbeatable workforce that is ready for the Future of Work.

It all started with wanting to solve a massive and consistent pain in organizations.

Turning Pain into Purpose

Before I started my own company, I was an HR and Human Capital practitioner at the most bad ass companies in the world. In them, we implemented the best Learning & Development programs the industry had to offer. But sadly no matter how hard we tried, I saw the same issues year after year as organizations repeatedly struggled to up-level their talent for maximum impact. Why? Because these programs failed to deliver the results we needed. They had good intent, but they weren’t built for stickiness and momentum and couldn’t change behaviors. That’s when I realized the downfall of these programs was the lack of focus on human-specific behaviors.

I got to see these human challenges up close and personal, as I saw the frantic fear that came with change. I wondered, “What’s going on here?”

As a woman on a mission, I investigated the top challenges seen at Fortune 500 companies, and interviewed 200+ industry leaders and academics. What emerged as a common thread? Not just the shocking lack of soft skills in organizations, but more so the lack of knowledge and practice around how to actually build them

Determined to solve this massive problem across industries and geographies – it was shockingly everywhere — I founded Experiential Insight and with a team of experts we developed HyperQ®.

Now let’s take a closer look at how HyperQ came to be.


Whole-Brained Thinking

The key to unlocking human potential goes way deep into the neurological functions of our brain. You see, our brain is made up of two hemispheres – left and right. The two sides communicate with each other to form holistic concepts, foster ideas, and trigger actions. However, like two siblings they share differences, especially in processing information. 

People who unlock the strengths of the left brain often excel in technical spheres, especially in math and science. This side of the brain controls analytical and logical functions such as linear thinking, computations, and sequencing.

People who unlock the strengths of the right brain are more visually creative and intuitive. This side of the brain controls functions such as creativity, imagination, intuition, non-verbal cues, and emotions. 

If you think I’m getting too nerdy, stick with me here, because the next part will open your mind.

Guess what happens when the left and right brain join forces? They become unstoppable! Because when people unlock both, they’re able to tap into Visionary, Emotional, and Social Intelligence skill sets. This powerful whole brain combo opens up the ability to not only think big, but act big, too.


What is HyperQ?

We’ve combined brain science with years of HR research to develop HyperQ, our thought leadership framework that propels individuals into the future with impact. It is Visionary Intelligence (VQ) multiplied by Emotional and Social Intelligence (ESQ) — a winning formula to unlock the full potential of humans.

Through my embedded experience in companies, I came to realize that merely IQ was not enough. This is because humans have loads of potential when they can tap into both left and right brain skill sets, which embody VQ and ESQ. This powerful whole brain combo is what organizations need to transform the human side of Workforce 2.0 – or what we call a HyperQ Workforce.

The Neuroscience Institute has revealed that unleashing brain power can be applied to individuals as leaders, diversity of thinking in teams, creating cultures within organizations, and innovating into the future1. Amazing, right? 

And what makes up VQ & ESQ? 14 Success Skills that will unleash brain power and up-level talent all around the globe. 

If you want to learn more about Success Skills, please check out some of our past blogs: Leading Growth With Visionary Intelligence and Leading Growth With Emotional and Social Intelligence.


How does HyperQ work?

You need both VQ and ESQ to unleash the full power of HyperQ. For example, even with a growth mindset and the ability to embrace failure (VQ), the full potential of your workforce can’t manifest without the warmth of human connection (ESQ).

But don’t just take my word for it. Let’s take a look at the science.

Neuroplasticity shows that the brain can continuously change and grow throughout a person’s life. And research shows that individuals need to be both emotionally and logically engaged to learn new behaviors2. That’s why a person going through change needs both Visionary Intelligence (VQ) and Emotional & Social Intelligence (ESQ). Together, they create sustainable behavioral changes.

After I saw so many brilliant engineers in Silicon Valley struggle with communication, running teams, and growth mindset, I knew that we needed to work on this. I fantasized about what could happen if these engineers had stronger VQ and heightened ESQ. The possibilities would be endless for them!

You see, when you develop Success Skills at every level of the organization, you’re not only future-proofing your workforce, but you’re also creating the change agents you need to help you navigate through constant change and ambiguity.


Solving Your Pain with HyperQ

And there you have it – finally, a solution to effectively up-level talent. Curious about how we can help you transform your workforce?

We partner with organizations to see which of the 14 Success Skills are most aligned to their strategic goals. We then take the top Success Skills and embed them into an overall Group Coaching Track program. That way, organizations can get to where they want to be by tying in the individual human level to the strategic imperatives of the company and all while developing their most important stakeholders – their workforce. 

It’s a no-brainer then. If you want your organization to successfully scale and ride into the future, then you’re going to need HyperQ.

Just let us know when you’re ready and we’ll be here to help you create your origin story of true transformation with HyperQ.


Nishika de Rosairo | CEO and Founder | HumanQ

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