Team CQ Accelerator

An online programme that helps teams increase their Cultural Intelligence (CQ) through a social learning process with colleagues and peers

Riaz Shah, Partner, Global Talent, EY

“Common Purpose’s proposition around leadership and Cultural Intelligence is cutting edge, speaking to the heart of the leadership challenge of society today.” 

How does it work?

The Team CQ Accelerator is an online programme that helps teams – of 100 or more – increase their CQ: the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures. The programme combines our CQ thought leadership with interactive exercises and personal stories from leaders around the world.

Using a social learning approach, learners then share experience and expertise, as they learn from each other. CQ provides a common language teams can use to hold difficult conversations; as a result, team inclusivity increases, leading to increased resilience and innovation.

A common language

our CQ provides learners with a common language to hold difficult conversations about culture.

Engaging content

experiential activities recreate real-world scenarios. Across the programme, we use gamification techniques that result in engaging learning experiences.

Space to reflect

the programme contains numerous opportunities for reflection, ranging from open discussions to personal exercises. This enables learners to digest their learning.

Applied learning

CQ work practices help learners to experiment with the ways in which they operate, so they can turn new thinking into habitual behaviours and actions.

Learning outcomes:

As a result of this online programme you will develop the skills to: 

  • make more informed decisions
  • leverage diversity to bring about innovation and build your teams resilience
  • become more inclusive leaders, with the skills and the understanding to inspire different people in uncertain, complex environments.

Common Purpose has delivered online programmes for organizations including:

  • British Red Cross
  • EY
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Westpac


of participants that took part in the British Red Cross online programme said they felt better equipped with the skills to create an inclusive culture

Norman McKinley, Executive Director of UK Operations, British Red Cross

“This programme has helped our emerging leadership to take courageous steps to work effectively across boundaries, and has created more dialogue about inclusion across the organization.”

Working with you

What’s included?

  • Learning Management System (LMS): We host the Team CQ Accelerator on our Moodle-based learning platform, where we provide participants with login details.
  • IT consultations: Our technical team are here to offer advice on the best technical approach for your organization.
  • Moderation materials: Our training materials guide your moderators on how to best facilitate the Team CQ Accelerator.
  • Reporting and assessment: We compile reports based on assessment data taken after the programme. This enables you to track the impact on the cohort.

In addition, many organizations choose to supplement the Team CQ Accelerator with:

  • Face-to-face workshops on Cultural Intelligence which help to embed the learning in the organization (run for groups of up to 50 people)
  • The Team Inclusivity Index (TII) - an assessment tool that teams can use to assess and increase their own inclusivity.

Delivering at scale

If you wish to scale the programme within your organization, why not upgrade to the Organizational CQ Accelerator? 

Team CQ Accelerator
Delivered for teams of 100-200

Organizational CQ Accelerator
Using a cohort model, delivered for groups of up to 10,000