Foxes are fabled for their adaptability. In humans, this is expressed as the Adaptability Quotient, or AQ. It is a measure of the ability to adapt to a changing environment. Given the furious nature of the change we face, and the increasing complexity within it, your AQ may decide whether you thrive or just survive in the future.
But don’t just take our word for it.
Fast Company calls AQ, “the future of work”.
Harvard Business Review describes AQ as, “the new competitive advantage”.
ManpowerGroup research shows that, “91% of HR decision-makers expect future employees to be recruited based largely on their ability to cope with change and uncertainty”.
WHAT WE DO
Education and Business Training Programmes
You can teach an old fox new tricks, but why wait until then? We need to prepare young people for the future. We run online programmes and workshop events in partnership with schools across South Africa and in the UK.
From new recruits to decision-makers wanting to upskill their strategic skills, we run a variety of programmes to develop scenario-planning capacity, strategy thinking and leadership in a complex world.
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A selection of clients we have worked with.
A selection of schools that are Growing Foxes.
From the best-selling authors of the Fox Trilogy
Growing Foxes is a Mindofafox initiative.
Our education and training programmes are thus inspired and underpinned by the robust methodologies of leading scenario strategists and futurists Chantell Ilbury and Clem Sunter. Their work drives the strategies of some of the largest and most dynamic businesses around the world.
The philosopher Isaiah Berlin distinguished between two types of thinkers: foxes, who incorporate diverse sources of information, balance perspectives, and constantly update their assumptions in the face of new evidence; and hedgehogs, who try to shape everything around one big idea.
We've adapted this distinction to thinking about the future: Foxes constantly connect dots, weigh up a variety of possible futures, and then adjust their beliefs as to which one will play out according to the intelligence they continually gather along the way. In contrast, hedgehogs make a confident bet on a single future, and then stick to it, through thick and thin.
Recent research from America's top futurist, Philip Tetlock, provided evidence for the superiority of foxes. His study of 28 000 geopolitical and economic forecasts showed that non-experts who could think like a fox consistently outperformed expert hedgehogs in accuracy.
In a rapidly changing world packed full of uncertainty, we should be growing foxes.
Our education and training programmes will help you develop the mind of a fox. You’ll learn to manage uncertainty and change, be agile and adaptable in your decision-making, and strategically set direction for your future.
What it means to think with the mind of a fox
Relevant. Engaging. Dynamic
A key component of the Growing Foxes offering is our web-based platform.
We’ve taken 30 years’ experience in strategic thinking online using beautiful design, innovative technology, sound methodologies, engaging original content, and relevant, real-world subject matter, to build a dynamic learning experience.
In essence: It’s a multi-layered platform that combines strategic concepts; opportunities to delve deeper; a dedicated live feed providing real-world application; facilitated exercises and group discussions; a self-assessment tool; and a private portal for reflection.
Our platform's presenters
In this video, Alice and Bob, the presenters on the Growing Foxes platform, give you a taste for what it's all about. Warning: they don't always stick to the script.
A brilliant mix of foxes and humans. The only way to build a remarkable platform that, well, grows foxes.
Alice and Bob - two lovely, lively, well-experienced foxes who host the Growing Foxes web-based platform...when they’re not off chasing chickens. It’s a better gig than hosting the Oscars.
On the platform, they facilitate the lessons, provide commentary and analysis, and test human patience.
A fluid collective of dynamism and experience featuring leading strategists and scenario planners, intelligence theorists and analysts, philosophers, journalists and writers, educators, graphic designers and animators, and software engineers.
Diverse talents united by a commitment to create the next generation of foxes.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Meet the cast behind Growing Foxes
Two characteristics are important to thrive in a competitive environment dominated by the market equivalent of natural selection: adaptability and agility. Foxes possess both qualities because of their sharp eyes in detecting any change in the environment around them; and the swiftness with which they respond should the change pose an opportunity or threat. Growing Foxes is an ideal framework around which young people can develop the capacity to think and act in this way. The programme could not be more timely, given the challenges we face in the world and the uncertainty surrounding its future
The Growing Foxes programme at Mount House has given us a chance to show the students how they can make more of their life chances by thinking creatively about their future...Along the way, the nature of the core material has made it possible for us to follow student enthusiasms into areas such as what might prove a successful negotiation strategy in Brexit talks, and whether they should apply to university or for an apprenticeship. Throughout the programme, the students have been challenged to think creatively, to imagine the future and to plan their strategies beyond the next few months. It has been a fun journey!
Clem Sunter, Scenario Strategist
Toby Mullins, Mount House School London
The students are loving it...We have tracked an increase in their grades across English, History, Mathematics and Science, above the average progress made of their peers who are not participating in the programme. More qualitatively, their teachers are thrilled with what seems to be a general increase in independent thinking, critical analysis and the ability to speak up and write more confidently about their views, which are more broadly informed
The themes of the Growing Foxes programme have really resonated with the students; they’ve engaged enthusiastically with the programme content, and it has prompted some very interesting debate during our EMS lessons.
Su Nightingale, Somerset College
André Black, St. John's College
Questions asked by foxes
WHAT PROGRAMMES DO YOU OFFER?
We can adapt our programmes to suit your needs, but our core programme offerings are:
The Foxy Methodology.
Discover, understand and embed the mind of a fox with Chantell Ilbury and Clem Sunter's robust foxy methodology, as used to guide strategic conversations with some of the biggest and most dynamic companies in the world. Set direction for your future.
Scenario-Planning in a Dynamic World.
Here you will gain invaluable insight from leaders in scenario-planning on how to use this way of thinking as an effective tool to make your decision-making more agile and adaptable.
Leadership in Times of Uncertainty
Leaders are decision-makers.It is imperative, therefore, that their style of leadership, and decision-making ability, is in tune with a rapidly changing context. In a nutshell, they need to have a bit of foxiness about them. This programme develops leadership skills for a complex, uncertain world.
Get in touch below to offer these programmes at your organisation.
HOW LONG DO THE PROGRAMMES TAKE?
The programmes have been built with flexibility in mind, and can be adapted to your needs.
Some are facilitated purely online, while others take the form of 1-5 day workshops.
WHO ARE THE PROGRAMMES DESIGNED FOR?
Our education programmes are aimed at high school and university students.
Our training programmes are designed for business decision-makers, and those wanting to develop the necessary skills to fit into that category.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A PROGRAMME?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the submission form below.