Industry Captains

“Don’t confuse schooling with education. I didn’t go to Harvard, but the people that work for me did.”

Elon Musk, CEO, SpaceX

"In the long run, EQ (emotional quotient) trumps IQ (Intelligence Quotient)."

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

“The top four skills for a young person entering the BPO sector are: the ability to learn and learning agility; collaboration and confidence; technological affinity; and domain specific skills.”

Amit Aggarwal, CEO of the IT-ITES Sector Skill Council, NASSCOM, ex-Genpact

“Technical competence will not be enough. Critical thinking, teamwork, a spirit of experimentation and problem solving skills are becoming increasingly important.”

Vinnie Jauhari, Director, Education Advocacy, Microsoft India

"The best talent understands the power of working in networks; they want to collaborate and they want open-source." Steve Fogarty, Director of Talent Acquisition, Adidas

Steve Fogarty, Director of Talent Acquisition, Adida

"We are not looking for the smartest people in the world. We want people who want to work in teams and want to contribute collectively to make the company strong. For that you need people who have a very diverse way of thinking."

Brian McMurray, VP engineering and operations, General Motors India

10 Workplace Intelligences

“Whether you’re in salary discussions, finalizing a deal with a client, or trying to find common ground with your teammates during a project, having strong and effective negotiation skills are extremely important. Being a good negotiator allows you to get to reach goals while you build relationships, which is a significant part of being successful in your career.” Forbes

Smart Remote Communication

“Whether you are sending professional emails, communicating with a client, trying to deliver a coherent business plan, or anything in between, you should be able to communicate quickly, accurately and effectively.”Forbes

Creative Problem Solving

Being a good problem solver is essential because employers value people who can work through challenges on their own or as an effective member of a team by defining the issues, brainstorming alternatives, sharing thoughts, and then making sound decisions.” Forbes

“Creativity will become one of the top three skills workers will need. With the avalanche of new products, new technologies and new ways of working, workers are going to have to become more creative in order to benefit from these changes.” World Economic Forum

Smart Thinking

“…critical thinking helps employees solve problems and build strategies that make them better at their jobs. For this reason, employers may look to hire employees who have strong critical thinking skills.” Indeed

Managing Workplace Emotions

“Emotional intelligence is a foundation for succeeding and thriving in a complex and ever-changing world.” Forbes

Productivity Hacks and Habits

“By sharpening your time management skills, you can expect to be more confident, productive and effective at work. You’ll also have more time to spend with your family and take care of your own health and wellness.” Thrive Global

Productivity and Accountability is one of the 5 top life and career skills OECD

Knowing your Purpose

“The Why Of Work: Purpose And Meaning Really Do Matter” Forbes

Entrepreneurial Mindset

A facebook employee “…learned one thing from working at one of the world’s most successful startups, it’s to think like an entrepreneur, no matter your job or where you work.” University of Buffalo

“To stay ahead of the competition, it’s vital that we constantly reinvent our businesses and ourselves, and the only way to accomplish this is by having an entrepreneurial mindset.” Fast Company


“Teams solve problems faster when they are more cognitively diverse.” Harvard Business Review

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships” – Michael Jordan


“Storytelling has been identified by McKinsey Global Institute as one of the skill sets that will ensure never being out of a career.” McKinsey

Industry Reports

“...as ‘human’ skills such as creativity, originality and initiative, critical thinking, persuasion and negotiation will likewise retain or increase their value, as will attention to detail, resilience, flexibility and complex problem-solving. Emotional intelligence, leadership and social influence as well as service orientation also see an outsized increase in demand relative to their current prominence.”

“Also expected to grow are roles that leverage distinctively ‘human’ skills such as Customer Service Workers, Sales and Marketing Professionals, Training and Development, People and Culture, and Organizational Development Specialists as well as Innovation Managers.”

“...about 50% of subject knowledge acquired in the initial years of any technical degrees will be out-dated by the time the student graduates.”

“...for almost every single role, a combination of complex reasoning, creativity, socio-emotional intelligence and sensory perception skills is increasingly relevant. It’s a finding that raises a daunting challenge: today’s education and training systems are ill-equipped to build these skills.”

“As routine manual tasks become increasingly automated, as the availability of large amounts of data creates new complex choices and decisions, and as the blurring of physical and virtual spaces creates new forms of working and collaboration, a more holistic and interoperable set of skills will become increasingly important. Building these core skills will allow for the development of meaningful and sustainable career pathways.”

"...level of general intelligence or cognitive ability, which is the single best predictor of a person’s ability to solve well-defined reasoning problems and acquire formal knowledge in any area of competence. Think of it as a general measure of mental horsepower or cognitive processing speed......there are also other psychological qualities determining whether individuals will learn to think more empirically and quantitatively: being high on Openness to Experience, curiosity and learnability will enhance people’s willingness to learn and think more rationally, as will their general level of motivation and conscientiousness.”

“Thus, no matter how smart your learning intervention might be, and how well-designed and executed your program is, it will be more effective if the recipients are generally bright, curious, and hard-working — in fact, the profile of your team will be the biggest determinant of the success of your intervention"

Parents and Faculty