Leadership Types Report

Having completed the Leadership Assessment quiz, you now know your top Leadership Type – Transformational, Inspirational, Managerial, Relational, or Motivational – and where you score on the other four types.

For each type of leader, there was a summary of:
– how they create influence,
– how people feel about working with them,
– their key weakness as a leader, and,
– their biggest risk and what to do about it.

In case you missed that summary for each type – which is also very useful for thinking about how you work with leaders who are a different type to yours – you can download the Leadership Types Report here.

(If you didn’t complete the quiz yet, it’s here: https://bit.ly/IF_Leaders)

What Type of Jobseeker are You?

To help you on your jobseeking journey, we’ve created a short, fun test to help you find out whether you’re a…
> Confident
> Creative
> Consistent, or
> Connector type.

Each of the 4 Types of jobseeker has their superpowers… and their Kryptonite.

Did you know, it’s possible to have the positives of your Type, without the downside? AND did you know that it’s possible to learn how to develop your abilities in the other 3 Types you might not be so strong in right now?

For example, you may be an introvert who finds small-talk phoney, so you’re not much of a Connector. You haven’t got a great network that you feel comfortable reaching out to for help with finding your next role. BUT – maybe there’s someone you know and trust, who IS a fabulous connector, and they’d be more than happy to do some connecting for you.

Or, maybe you’re high on “Creative” but low on “Consistent”. You start the week with enthusiasm and new ideas, but by Wednesday you feel like your scattergun approach isn’t getting you anywhere, and you start to feel deflated. Maybe you just need some guidance on creating structure, and a weekly accountability chat with friends, so you can feel happy you’re making visible progress – and design in plenty of time for variety and spontaneity.

When you complete the test you’ll get a report on your balance of the 4 Types, the strengths and weaknesses of each, and what you can do to make your jobseeking days enjoyable as well as successful.

To start the test, simply send an email to: info at intelligentfutures.co.uk
With “Jobseeker Type Test” in the subject line. We’ll send you the link to the test.

To your successful future!

50 Founders to Follow – How to Apply


50 Founders to Follow” goes out to investors, tech journalists, accelerators, and founders’ communities worldwide.

If you’re a founder and you would like to be considered for inclusion in the next round of “50 Founders to Follow”, or if you would like to join the community to learn from other great founders, shoot an email to: info at intelligentfutures.co.uk, with “50 Founders to Follow” in the subject line.

50 Founders to Follow

Proudly Supporting “Aviation Action”

We are proud to be supporting a newly-established charitable organisation, Aviation Action:

“Aviation Action was set up to support the people involved in aviation; from flight deck to firefighters and caterers to cabin crew. Our mission is simple… to provide personal and professional help and support to the people who really make aviation fly.”
Chris Wild, Founder of Aviation Action 



Intelligent Futures are an Industry Support partner. We are offering free 1-to-1 coaching for aviation people affected by redundancy, to help them plan their strategy for getting rehired in a job they love and will thrive in. We also offer practical webinars, which are free or for a small donation to Aviation Action. To find out more, visit the website at:

3 Ways We’re Supporting Our Clients During Covid-19

Covid-19 has pulled the rug from under all of us. It’s fair to say that everyone is rethinking their career choices right now – even those whose job is “secure”.

For executives, the demands of leadership have intensified and the stakes are far higher than a year ago. Many leaders have not experienced a recession like this as they were not in a senior or C-suite role during the 2008 crisis.

For mid-career professionals, their expected career progression has been interrupted. Some are coping with redundancy, others are seeing their company stalling and thinking ahead to finding a new employer. Those with fairly secure jobs may still perceiving the need to prove their value to the business week by week, and quietly assessing their transferable skills to help them fit into a reshaped company structure. Some will be taking the opportunity to retrain, to take time off for family or personal pursuits, or starting their own business. Again, younger mid-level staff who have been continuously employed for the last decade are finding this situation hard to navigate.

For new graduates, coming from University into this job market is extremely tough. Many internships and milk round jobs have been postponed. There is the option to study more, but with high debts and Universities physically closed, that can be an unattractive or unavailable option. Without jobs readily available, some will take the chance to start a business, and some of those scrappy startups will do well. Others will be settling down to the hard grind of sending their CV to thousands of recruiters and HR managers over the next 6-12 months, with the chance of getting an interview – or even just a response – feeling very slim indeed.

For this reason, in order to support our clients at all three levels, we’ve created the following programs:

LEVEL 1: Our flagship 1-to-1 Executive Coaching is a private, individually-tailored program focused on personal resilience, crisis management, and agile leadership. Executives welcome the extra 1-to-1 support and advice, especially those who were not in senior leadership roles during the 2008 crisis. Companies welcome the flexibility to engage for 3 or 6 months at a time on a rolling, agile basis, for a competitively-priced all-in fee.

LEVEL 2: Coaching in Small Groups is proving very effective and affordable for junior and mid-level staff, as well as offering camaraderie and mutual support. 1-to-1 sessions can be booked as needed, for example before a big meeting or interview. Whether the person is looking to stay with their current employer, find a new employer, or do something completely different like launch a startup or make a big career change, this program is flexible enough to accommodate all those options.

LEVEL 3: Covid-Specific Career Reboot Program for graduates and entry level professionals who simply could not afford our Level 1 or 2 coaching. This is a highly valuable and effective program run as a series of 5-day sprints, as a group cohort.

All programs use our Diamond Model to cover the essentials of:
Goals, Skills, MindsetNetworks and Strategy
to deliver actionable and measurable Results.

As always, our Core Leadership Values are:
Ambition, InnovationInfluence and Excellence.

To discuss how to work with us to achieve your goals or those of your company, contact us here.

Which Four People Can Best Help Your Startup Right Now?

Which four people can best help you move your startup forward in leaps and bounds?

Do you know how to find them?

It’s worth stopping to take a few minutes to think about this.  The success or failure of your venture depends on it.

The key to success in any business is the people who are supporting it.  Not the technology, or the business plan, or even the founders.  All of those are necessary, yes, but not sufficient for success.  For success, you need key people around you rooting for your startup, opening doors, making connections and taking a punt on your idea.

This is true for all businesses, but especially for startups.  Startup founders are climbing steep mountains of challenges at every level – lack of resources, inexperience, operating in maturing markets, lack of track record.  That means external supporters, advisors and advocates are even more important, no matter how good your technology or how much your customers love your product.  It’s why a good accelerator like TechStars can make all the difference to your startup.

Finding the very best people to support your startup will make the difference between low-level success and knocking it out of the park.  It’s imperative that you go out and find those people, right away.  Your time is limited, so you need to find people who are better than average by a factor of hundreds.

So, what are the criteria for selection?  Three things:  Excellence, Experience and Alignment.  Find the people who are really top of their field, who have been through the stage you are going through (e.g. idea-to-beta, or beta-to-investment, or revenue-to-scale), preferably several times, with success.  Not necessarily in the same field or with the same technology, although that can help – more important is excellence.  This person can help you get “from here to there” much faster and with fewer avoidable hiccups sapping your energy and squeezing your cashflow.  Most importantly, a really world-class advisor will help you see much further, so you might change your current “there” (based on what you know and think is possible) to a much more ambitious “there” (based on what they know and think is possible).  They’ll also help you find a way to get there in three steps rather than eight.  See how this is all multiplying exponentially?  So that’s Excellence and Experience. Now on to Alignment.

Alignment is absolutely critical.  It’s two-fold: values and timing.  First you need to know your own five values that are your drivers for success.  They are different for every person and for every project.  Mine are “kind + big + pioneering + creative + open” in that order.  Yours will be different (if they are the same as mine, send me your CV).  Everything I do is filtered through those values to find alignment.  Not 100% alignment, but 80%+.  The second part, timing, is critical and less predictable.  The person you want to support you has to share your values and have some reason they want to help you right now.  There has to be something in it for them, based on what they are trying to achieve at this moment in their life.  Luckily, once you are clear on your values and shout them out loud, wear them on your t-shirt and on the stickers on your MacBook Pro, the people who are aligned to you will emerge incredibly fast.  There’s nothing more seductive than meeting someone who shares your passion, your vision and your mission.  They will in turn connect you to other people who share your values, and some of those will be potential partners because their timing matches or complements yours.

Now, back to the four people.  Why four?  Well, you need:

  1. someone who can help you operationally (that ‘from here to there” expertise I mentioned above),
  2. someone who will boost your resources (for example providing support in kind, desk space, paid work to buy you more runway, or help pull in some pro-bono favours from their friends),
  3. someone who will advocate for you in the right circles (potential clients and investors, press, thought leaders),  and
  4. someone who will just be a damned good friend to your project, stay positive through hard times and cheerlead/kick your ass back into line when you’re flagging.

Think of it like top level competitive sports: you need a coach, a sponsor, a publicist, and your best friend cheerleading from the sidelines. If the first three all roll into one person, that’s great, but they don’t need to and it’s better to have more people on your team.  Add to those some specific advisors (e.g. technical/legal), and you’ve got a great advisory board good to go.  You only need to meet with them once a month, or once a quarter, or have an ad-hoc call with a specific query, for their input to move you forward.  One or two of them you’ll spend a lot of time with.

Now, back to my second opening question – do you know where to find them?  Actually, this bit is super easy if you know what you’re doing.  Take a big sheet of paper and a fat pen and write down all the people you admire – everyone from your entrepreneurial Grandma to the Dalai Lama.  Another big sheet of paper – scribble down all the projects you wish you had done yourself (for me, that’s things like Kiva, Change.org, Singularity University, Bitcoin).  Find the trends and the alignments with your values.  Then pick a few people and contact them.  Ask them for advice.  Show them the beauty of your product, the vision of your company, and the strength of your passion and drive.  Ask them to help you, or to connect you to someone who might be able to help you.  Talk to the people they talk to.  Map your network.  Map the ecosystem around your technology, your problem space, your customers, your ambitions.  Map around your values.  A simple excel spreadsheet with a few headings is enough to keep track of all this.  Obviously, follow people on twitter and connect to them on LinkedIn.  Most of all, don’t be shy to approach busy, brilliant people and humbly ask for their advice getting you “from here to there”.  Don’t be shy to ask again if at first (or second or third) they don’t reply.  Follow up their suggestions.  Thank them for any input and keep them in the loop as you make progress.  If you can’t meet them, research what they have done and copy it.  Learn from their writing and their achievements.  Support their current projects, be a cheerleader for them. Find a way to help them, and they’ll be more receptive to your request for advice.  What goes around comes around.

In summary:

  • Focus on Excellence, Expertise and Alignment.
  • Find your Four:  coach, sponsor, publicist, cheerleader.
  • Map your ecosystem, and don’t be afraid to contact the people you most admire, to ask their advice.

We wish you the best of luck.   If you have comments or would like more advice on this, please contact me via the Contact Us page.  If you found this post useful, please consider sharing the link with friends:  bit.ly/iF_four

Best wishes from London,


Can Your Startup Positively Impact a Billion People?

Do you have a brilliant idea or startup that could positively impact a billion people within a decade? Do you need support to prove the concept, get investment-ready, and put it in front of the right investors at the right time?  

The iFutures Global Impact Accelerator is working with its first cohort, bringing selected “Impact Startups” to the attention of well-aligned investors.

We take applications on a rolling basis and consider each one on its potential for positive impact. You can apply from anywhere in the world and do not have to relocate to London.

We are particularly keen to invite parent-led startups, since most accelerators exclude them by requiring relocation for 3-6 months. We have designed our program to be flexible to provide maximum support for founders, irrespective of their location, family responsibilities and current finances.

We are also particularly keen to reach out to women-led startups. We understand the reasons why brilliant women with great companies may feel less inclined to apply to traditional tech accelerators. The same for older entrepreneurs – please do apply, this is not just for 20/30-somethings.

We are an equal opportunities organisation and select on the basis of ability, attitude and the strength of the business model.

Do you have a brilliant idea or startup that could positively impact a billion people within a decade? Do you need support to prove the concept, get investment-ready, and put it in front of the right investors at the right time?  

Then email us with a short [200 words max] introduction: info@intelligentfutures.co.uk [subject: iF GIA]


Gherkin, Shard… London’s Next Iconic Tower?

A new tower to puncture London’s skyline is being planned in stealth mode, led by a group of tech multi-millionaires, global NGOs and impact investors hungry to accelerate positive change in the world.

The tower – dubbed the “Innovation Collaboratorium” – will be a spectacular symbol of the power of entrepreneurship, and of London’s global leadership as the world’s foremost creative, collaborative and connected city.

There are many tech innovation centres around the world, from Silicon Valley to Bangalore, incubating ambitious high-growth startups.  The twist here is that the project is solely open to entrepreneurs who are actively applying the power of tech to solving humanity’s global grand challenges.  Impact Entrepreneurs, building Impact Startups, backed by Impact Investors.

The design is closely guarded, with the project manager breaking into a smile when asked about it: “It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.”

If you would like to be invited to the preview for the project, register here:   bit.ly/ImpactCoLab_Reg

All Things Exponential: Update for Singularity University Alumni in the UK

This is a copy of the update sent to SU UK alumni today.  The links may be useful for anyone interested in exponential technologies, and the “technology : innovation : impact” work we do here at iFutures.

Pascale Scheurer
UK Ambassador, Singularity University



Mike Halsall and the Isle of Man government recently launched the IoM Grand Challenge Competition, for two EP places.  Fantastic work, Mike.  Info here:

The first European SU Summit is in Budapest Nov 15-16th – most of the Faculty will be there and presenting an updated curriculum – there is a selection process so do include your alumni status on the form and referral via SU-UK:

We had a visitor:  Barbara Silva Troncoso (GSP12) was invited to London for the prestigious G8 Young Summit, which collates a document presented to the G8. Barbara is very influential in the tech community in Chile, if you are thinking of applying for StartupChile (see below) we can connect you.  Info on G8YS here:

Did you spot Ray Kurzweil on the cover of WIRED UK’s May edition?  Excellent review of SU inside:


June 11-14th, Edinburgh – TED Global:  Two GSP11 alumni presenting:  Andreas Raptopoulos of Matternet in Session 2 “Those Flying Things”, and Andras Forgacs in Session 10 “Imagining Beauty”, Modern Meadow’s non-animal leathers for consumer products.

June 12th and monthly thereafter – Health 2.0 London Chapter Meetups:  FutureMed13’s Maneesh Juneja organises these great events and would love to hear from SU alumni wishing to present on ‘Information Obesity’, ‘Mobile Health Sensors’, ‘End of Life Care’ or ‘3D BioPrinting’:

June 21st, Cambridge – Technology Ventures Conference by Cambridge University Technology & Enterprise Club (CUTEC): Andras Forgacs again, in a brilliant line-up of speakers:

July 1st, London – WIRED Money:  SU team member Sophie Hackford is curating the conference, SU alumni can get 15% discount using code: WMSHW15

Sept 19th, London – RE.WORK Technology Summit:  20% discount for SU UK alumni & referrals, use code SUREWORK20 by July 20th:

Oct 17-18th, London – WIRED UK Conference:  bit.ly/SU_UK_WiredConf


8-9th June, Hartwell – Satellite Applications Catapult Hackathon:

Apply by June 24th for Telefonica’s Wayra-UnLtd Accelerator, specifically for global impact startups:

StartupChile Round 8 opens June 11th, apply by July 9th:  1570 startups applied for Round 7, with 100 selected to receive $40k funds and spend 6 months in Chile developing their business. A truly amazing opportunity in a beautiful country:


UK Global Impact Competition seeking sponsors:  We continue to talk to potential sponsors for a UK Global Impact Competition.  We have had some success but still need to raise more support in June/July to be able to launch in the autumn.  If you can think of any companies who might be interested to sponsor, please get in touch:  pascale.scheurer@singularityu.org

Referrals to EPs – support UK activities:  If you know someone considering attending an Executive Program at SU, please let me know.  All referrals to EP programs that are tracked in this way can return a 10% of the fee to the referring country program to support alumni events and projects.  This is a great way to build up a budget for even better SU UK activities.

And of course, send me your news for inclusion in the next update.  Suggest a future event you’d like to see happen.  Would you like to be profiled in the next update, write a short piece or be a guest editor?  Let me know.  Your feedback on this update would be very welcome too.

Thank you for reading, I hope to see you soon.

Pascale Scheurer

Director & CEO, Intelligent Futures
: Technology : Innovation : Impact :
+44 777 358 4477

UK Ambassador, Singularity University
NASA Research Park, Silicon Valley

Building a Brave New World

Award-winning writer Arundhati Roy’s most famous quotation is also one of the most beautiful and powerful statements of our time:

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.  On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

I like to pair it with one from another of my heroes, Buckminster Fuller:

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

Is it a coincidence that both trained as architects?  Coincidence or not, it makes perfect sense.  Whilst young and naïve, future architects look at the world around them, and the way people interact with each other and with artefacts in physical space, and say to themselves: “Another world is possible.  I will build it.”

More than that, the profession – the vocation – of architecture demands collaboration and holistic thinking.  It demands that we remain artists – creative, curious, challenging – whilst using existing technologies, engineering, science, economics and politics, as our tools.  “I will build it” becomes “I will help build it, we will build it together”.

Here at Intelligent Futures, we are architects and engineers.  We are unashamedly – perhaps naïvely or even arrogantly – committed to building a brave new world.  One which we hope will owe more to Arundhati Roy’s vision than Aldous Huxley’s.  Huxley warned us of techno-dystopia, as George Orwell did in Nineteen Eighty-Four.  Both, I am sure, did so in order to help us focus on building a different new world.  Perhaps not a techno-utopia, but something better than we have now, or than we will have if we fling up our hands and proclaim the search for progress futile.

If we wish to have a less dystopian future, we must build it together.  When we see the people working around us in innovation projects – as showcased on our website and at our events – we can hear the new world breathing.