Positive Intelligence (PQ)

Feeling a little overwhelmed or disconnected? See our PQ Program Overview Video

Breakthrough Results of Boosting PQ

  • Performance: You perform better while working less hard—similar to athletes “in the zone.”
  • Happiness: You feel less stressed, more peace, and consistent happiness, even in tough times.
  • Relationships: You improve relationships, able to handle conflicts in ways that deepen trust and harmony.

Unlock your self-improvement efforts:

  • How can I better manage my time & energy?
  • Why can’t I implement what I learn?
  • Why isn’t my happiness and “calm” sustained over time?
  • How can I be a better partner, friend, parent, and colleague?

Find answers to key organizational questions:

  • What’s really behind the Mass Resignation?
  • Why do most training programs fail to create sustainable results?
  • Why is performance so low?
  • Why do most self-improvement initiatives fizzle out?
  • Why is it lasting behavior change and improvement so difficult?
  • Why are YOU experiencing less than optimal fulfillment?

Nine Ways We Self Sabotage

  • Based on Shirzad Chamine’s New York Times bestselling book Positive Intelligence  and Stanford University lectures.
  • The research included 500,000 participants, world-class athletes, and leaders from every Fortune 100 company. 
  • Saboteurs are the voices in your head that generate stress and negative emotions in the way you handle work and life’s challenges. They sabotage your potential for both happiness and performance.
  • A key to Mental Fitness (performance and happiness) is to weaken the internal Saboteurs who generate all your “negativity” in the way they respond to challenges.

  • Your Saboteurs cause all your stress, anxiety, self-doubt, frustration, regret, shame, guilt, and unhappiness.

  • The nine Saboteurs are the Avoider, Controller, Hyper-Achiever, Hyper-Rational, Hyper-Vigilant, Pleaser, Restless, Stickler, and Victim

"Experienced leaders know that most change initiatives fizzle because of our mental Saboteurs. Shirzad gives us the tools to conquer these Saboteurs and create positive change that lasts."
Dean Morton – former COO Hewlett Packard HP

Mental Fitness is the X-Factor

  • If you’re not physically fit, you’d feel physical stress as you climb a steep hill.
  • If you’re not mentally fit, you’d feel mental stress, such as anxiety, frustration, or unhappiness, as you handle work and relationship challenges.
  • 80% of people score below the minimum level of mental fitness required for peak performance and happiness.
  • The great news? With recent breakthroughs in neuroscience and technology, you can now improve your mental fitness significantly within 6 weeks of practice.
  • The results? Dramatically improved performance and productivity and a calm, clear and happier mind.

Take your complimentary PQ assessment

  • Your potential is determined by many factors, including your cognitive intelligence (IQ), your emotional intelligence (EQ), and your skills, knowledge, experience, and social network.

  • However, it is your Positive Intelligence (PQ) that determines what percentage of your vast potential you actually achieve.

  • Mental fitness is a measure of the strength of your positive mental muscles (Sage) versus the negative (Saboteur).

  • This measure of your Mental Fitness is called PQ (Positive Intelligence Quotient). 

Breakthrough Research

PQ is a synthesis of recent breakthroughs in neuroscience, cognitive and positive psychology, and performance science.

Research included:

  • Hundreds of CEOs
  • Sales, operations, and technology teams
  • Stanford students
  • elite athletes
  • 400,000 participants from 50 countries

This research was summarized in Shirzad Chamine’s book Positive Intelligence, a New York Times bestseller, translated into 20 languages.

The research reveals that:

  • Saboteurs and Sage live in entirely different regions of the brain.
  • You can cause a dramatic shift in brain activation to weaken Saboteurs and boost Sage.
  • 3 core muscles constitute mental fitness.

A brilliant breakthrough.

“The Positive Intelligence (PQ) model is a brilliant breakthrough as it defines, measures, and improves your awareness of your own performance and happiness. It also helps solve the mystery of why so many smart people still fail to be successful.”
Jim Lanzone, Chief Digital Officer, CBS

3 Core Muscles of Mental Fitness

3 Core muscles constitute your mental fitness:

1. Saboteurs Interceptor Muscle:   Your Saboteurs generate all your negative emotions, including stress, anxiety, self-doubt, anger, avoidance, procrastination, insensitivity or discontent. Mental fitness requires the ability to intercept and discredit the Saboteurs.

2. Sage Muscle:  Your Sage is the one in you that handles challenges with a clear and calm mind, and positive emotions. It also has access to your 5 primary powers. All you need to paint any canvas is 3 primary colors. Similarly, through factor analysis research we’ve discovered that there are only 5 primary powers: Empathize, Explore, Innovate, Navigate, and Activate. For peak performance, you learn to boost all 5 powers and know when to use which power.

3. Self-Command Muscle: You’re not in full command of your mind. If you were, you would choose to entirely silence the Saboteurs in your head. You would choose to not stress out over what you can’t control, push away self-doubts, recover from disappointments immediately, and spend little time in anger, regret, or blame. PQ Reps are innovative 10-second exercises which build up this crucial Self-Command muscle in the brain. You learn to run your brain, rather than allow your Saboteur-hijacked brain to run you.

Components of the PQ Program

Designed like a mental fitness bootcamp, the PQ Program gives you the insights, motivation, and structure to practice 15 minutes per day for 6 weeks.

The program combines weekly video sessions with daily app-guided practices to boost your 3 core mental fitness muscles.

Weekly 1-hour Video Sessions

In these highly engaging sessions, Shirzad guides you through experiential exercises that deepen and personalize your understanding of the mental fitness tools. You leave inspired and energized for the week’s daily practices.

Exclusive App Guiding Your Daily Practice

Each day a different focus for daily practice is assigned through a personalized companion app available exclusively to program participants.

This builds one small muscle at a time, laying down new neural pathways to form lasting positive habits of your mind.

The cumulative impact by program’s end is substantial.

Interactive PQ Gym

Innovative 10-second PQ Reps build up your Self-Command muscle. You learn to be clear-headed and calm even in the midst of great challenges, able to command your mind to shift from Saboteur to Sage response.

Daily Progress Tracking

Cohort Community of worldwide peers

Participants interact with the online cohort community to learn from and sustain their enthusiasm for daily practice.

Companies using PQ

Greatest happiness in years.

“I am much calmer and have a greater sense of happiness than I have felt in years. I feel physically lighter, and my energy is higher. Sage is now present all of the time. I sleep better, eat better, exercise better.”

Sandi Sandiland, Head of Global Sales P&D, Amazon
This is the best training I’ve done in my 37 years here.
“This is the best ‘training’ I’ve done in my 37 years here. I personally have experienced a new sense of energy, engagement and possibility both at work and at home, & I am actually getting full nights of sleep!”
Gale Beckett, Former VP, Quality Assurance, P&G
I’m now enjoying every day, not just the final accomplishments.

“All my life I thought my high achievements were impossible without feeling constant stress. I’ve now learned to achieve even more with a calm and clear mind. I’m now enjoying every day, not just the final accomplishments. At the end of the quarter, I don’t feel the need for a long vacation anymore.”

Sharon Pinedo, Head of Sales (Workplace), Facebook P&G

One of the very top experiences I’ve had.

“I have found this to be one of the very top experiences I’ve had in the past 34 years with my company.

The impact on me personally has been profound, and the business impact is evident.”

Bonnie Curtis, Former VP, Product Supply, P&G

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