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Kia ora koutou. Ian 'Harv' Harvey, founder of Collective Intelligence, talks to a bunch of really cool New Zealanders about the hard stuff, the fun stuff, and the epic stuff-ups that have shaped how they go about making the world a better place.  All are members of Collective Intelligence, a unique membership-based leadership development community that helps curious people evolve and become more courageous. 
Podcast production supported by the great team at Te Awanga Estate.

Apr 23, 2020

In this podcast resource you’ll hear Ian McDougall, founder of Business Genetics and our Episode 16 guest, share with Harv of Collective Intelligence the results of some astounding research he’s done with Gen Z’ers. Using a select group of early-stage leaders/execs, Ian identified 8 factors seen as essential ‘effectiveness’ skills (agility, ambiguity, emotional intelligence, failing, flexibility, integrity, forming trusted & enduring relationships, and judgement) needed to navigate the new world that lies ahead. We can all, regardless of age, learn from this one (and make use of it in our workplace recruitment strategies).

Research Context Summary:

  • Ian talked to 30 young people in late 2019. All were Gen Z  future executives who were either interns in major companies or at early management level. A very select group who were very articulate and considered.
  • The 'effectiveness skills' are described in the words used by the Gen Z managers of the future, and there was a very high level of consensus amongst the answers given.
  • “Identifying soft skills for the new world” was the brief. Each skill identified relates to each other. They are not stand alone and the managers of tomorrow will have/need an amalgam of these characteristics.

Hear about the first six key skills at:

  • 6:15 - Agility (dexterity) - the ability to shift from one state to another, responsiveness to impact and the ability to address such shifts rapidly...
  • 9:28 - Ambiguity - the ability to manage ambiguity (chaos), whilst avoiding paralysis, and accepting it will be part of your professional life...
  • 13:15 - Emotional Intelligence - empathy and the understanding of another person that transcends rational or commercial requirements...
  • 18:01 - Failing - being allowed to fail and having the capability to handle your own failure and learn from it...
  • 21:03 - Flexibility - having ‘working’ relationships with people and avoiding rigidity in your thinking and behaviour...
  • 25:06 - Integrity - something that cannot be claimed but can only be conferred on an individual...

And the final two, most distinguishing factors:

  • 30:16 - Forming trusted and enduring relationships - the ability to build a completely dependable relationship beyond the normal state of expected behaviours…
  • 36:46 - Judgement - the ability to convert real-life experiences into principles that guide sound counsel when you’re in unknown territory. Is this learned or innate? In Ian’s experience, judgement is highly intuitive…

And finally, hear how to apply this in a job interview setting at 41:26.

Just think what a team of people with these attributes could achieve together - they would be ‘unbeatable’! The two Ian's agree here that the notion of leadership is now obsolete and should be replaced with the idea of ‘effectiveness’ - and as Ian McDougall points out, ‘Collective Intelligence is very good at producing effective people’.

NB: this recording (and associated research) was conducted in Aotearoa-New Zealand prior to the world-changing events of March-April 2020 but the skills outlined by Ian and his commentary are more pertinent than ever.