Editorial Reviews. Review. “Positive Intelligence can change your life and transform your Kindle Store; ›; Kindle eBooks; ›; Business & Money. Positive Intelligence and PQ are service marks of Shirzad Chamine. Published by Ebook ISBN: Ebook Edition. 8. Positive Intelligence is the science and practice of developing mastery over your own mind so you can reach your full potential for both happiness and success.
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In his popular Stanford University lectures, Shirzad Chamine reveals how to achieve one's true potential for both professional success and personal fulfillment . With Positive Intelligence, you can learn the secret to defeating these internal foes. Positive Intelligence (PQ)SM measures the percentage of time your mind is . Positive Intelligence. Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential and How You Can Achieve Yours. Shirzad Chamine. , 38 Ratings.
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See 1 question about Positive Intelligence…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 11, Rod Moser rated it it was amazing. I have been experiencing some challenges recently in my business and personal life and I have been looking for something to help me regain my focus.
This is exactly what I have been looking for. The tools in this book are simple yet have had a tremendous impact on my personal and professional life. I was able to have a productive conversation with my son tonight by focusing on my sage voice and quieting the saboteurs.
He opened up to me and I was able to guide him without him feeling judged. Th I have been experiencing some challenges recently in my business and personal life and I have been looking for something to help me regain my focus. The impact on my professional life has been just as amazing. I sell real estate and the challenges in the market have really brought out the worst in everyone. I can see how my low PQ positive intelligence score has a tendency to bring out the judge saboteur in my clients and prospects.
This past week as I met with new prospects and spoke with my clients, I was able to truly listen from a sage perspective and connect with them on a deeper level. Now, instead of trying to convince them, we are working together to find solutions where everyone wins. I have been able to get a yes on each of my last 7 presentations. I have already recommended this book to some co-workers and as soon as it is published, I plan on downloading it for each of my children.
Thank you for teaching this concept so simply and effectively. This will be a staple on my short list of resource books. View 1 comment. Jan 17, Naomi rated it it was amazing. I first learned about the concept of Positive Intelligence while earning my MBA with one of my concentrations being in leadership development. Chamine has done a fantastic job of authoring a primer on the subject.
Even if a potential reader of this book doesn't believe in the "psychobabbling" of business which I have often heard PI referred to, the book lays out excellent descriptors of group and individual dynamics which can interfer with successful team projects and lead to disastrous results.
I think the thing that is most interesting about this book is that it isn't limited to the corporate world. This is a book whose concepts could be utilized in any group setting. It is a book I would recommend to other leaders and in fact, already have!
Apr 23, Kent Winward rated it it was ok Shelves: I'm giving this a lower rating, not because the book was particularly poor, but because it is overly simplistic.
It was a great reminder to practice more mindfully and meditate. The neurological benefits of these practices is really undisputed -- nothing mystical, just how our bodies work best. The short summary: Think positively, so that you act, rather than letting negative thoughts I'm giving this a lower rating, not because the book was particularly poor, but because it is overly simplistic. Think positively, so that you act, rather than letting negative thoughts sideline you. Repeat that sentence repeatedly, paying attention to your breath and you will realize you need to act.
Jun 19, Stephanie rated it really liked it. I wish the negative people in my life would read this book. This book was geared more toward a business person view, but will work for anyone. I felt like a learned a more methodical or practical way to meditate and de-stress.
Some of the concepts in this book are stellar - the idea of managing how positive you feel through the construct of "saboteurs" to your happiness and your own internal "sage" resonated with me. However, the idea that all bad feelings you experience in your life are caused by these saboteurs and can be managed through some simple mental exercises overly-simplifies external influences and personal demons that so many face.
There are definitely some things I'll take away from this book and it was w Some of the concepts in this book are stellar - the idea of managing how positive you feel through the construct of "saboteurs" to your happiness and your own internal "sage" resonated with me.
There are definitely some things I'll take away from this book and it was worthwhile, but managing a person's PQ positivity quotient, like IQ for intelligence is more complex than I think this book is willing to acknowledge. Otherwise there'd be no more need for therapists in our world. Mar 01, Siara M rated it really liked it. I felt compelled to give this book a try after a family friend gave me some insight on how this book changed their confidence and outlook on life.
This book is basically a self help book that focuses on the aspect of increasing your PQ levels, how to get rid of the saboteurs in your head and how to better yourself with certain tips and stories from previous teams and others that have used these methods. Certain aspects that worked in the book are the different charts and paged explaining each different type of saboteur and how they affect you.
Also, the different success stories from different teams and people help tremendously. Another thing I liked was how Shirzad related back to his life and gave us insight on how he was before. Lastly, how there were several practice tests and assessments in the story to help you follow up with your progress. Something I found disappointing was I wish there were more of those personal stories to keep me intrigued. Aug 14, Jack O'Donnell rated it did not like it.
It would be unfair to suggest I read Positive Intelligence with an open mind, or even read it, rather I flipped through it. In other words, do unto other what you would do to yourself. Late Peter became bankrupt. Peter is an asshole is the lesson I learned. You need to ask yourself why you are being judgemental.
Ask your Sagacity. My Sagacity says fuck off. I thought I was poor and unhappy because I had no shoes until I met a man with no feet. Read that sentence again. Happiness has a baseline. Unhappiness too must have a baseline.
Are you happy now? Books are the answer because they can help us empathise with the other, the worker, the underlining, the refugee. Positive Intelligence is an argument for the placebo effect and for backslapping for those that own the top US companies Chamine is writing and works for. These are not my people. This is not my book. Read widely and wisely. Jul 30, Bliss Thao rated it really liked it. The book starts out great with exposing your saboteurs, but the book gets repetitive by going over examples and different situations where you may be using your saboteurs and how to overcome them.
I understand this is still a necessary part of the book, but it's also what made it so hard for me to finish. I still think this is a great book and everyone will be able to recognize the saboteur that is bringing them down in everyday life. I had a lot of fun reading the saboteur profiles to my family The book starts out great with exposing your saboteurs, but the book gets repetitive by going over examples and different situations where you may be using your saboteurs and how to overcome them.
I had a lot of fun reading the saboteur profiles to my family and seeing them recognize their strongest saboteur. Aug 08, Szymon Kulec rated it did not like it. I cannot give 0 stars, so I'm giving it 1. How to write a book like this. Then, having an established vocabulary and the categorization write these words with Capital Letters. Remember to describe everything in these words, and bring several stories where you were using only These words and These words only when coaching people.
Then repeat. Not forget to provide some scale, as people like to score points and compare number I cannot give 0 stars, so I'm giving it 1. Not forget to provide some scale, as people like to score points and compare numbers. The same could have been done in a much better way, by noticing what works for people and calling things with the already existing names: Renaming things to Saboteurs or Sages and claiming that with this, it helps people, won't make it any better.
View 2 comments. May 10, Tanja Berg rated it really liked it Shelves: I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars because I am not entirely convinced that it could be so easy to achieve peace and happiness as described in this book. What I especially liked about this book is that it encompasses the ide I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars because I am not entirely convinced that it could be so easy to achieve peace and happiness as described in this book.
The basis is that the inner chatter in your head is not you, usually it's just a saboteur or judge at work. However, Shirzad Chamine is more concrete as to how to quelch your saboteurs and strengthen your "sage", the positive. The word of caution is that you mustn't just pretend, as pretending to be positive without actually feeling it puts you at risk of coronary heart disease and doesn't improve anything mucht. I have, in accordance with this book, started labelling my saboteurs.
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No surprise there, I have been aware of that for years. I suffer tremendous pain when I'm not in charge or have full control. Letting things float is just not my style.
My second most frequent saboteur is the victim, and this came a surprise. I didn't know this, I hate being a victim, but apparently that doesn't stop me from playing that card to myself oh poor me , eventhough I rarely do so openly. Another thing I didn't think I was doing all that much of - anymore - was juding other people. I was so wrong! As a leader, I consider it part of my job description, but I am doing my best reevaluating my position as I didn't think I was doing it by far as often as I really am.
I have also started doing "PQ" exercises, which is just 10 seconds of being aware of ones surroundings mindfulness training, really: One hundred "PQ" exercises a day for three weeks should, according to this book, lead to dramatic results. Let's see. I know I'm not at yet, but I do notice that I am more relaxed and less anxious now. I will continue to take the advice of this book into account and I certainly consider it money well spent.
Apr 30, Rose rated it it was amazing Shelves: Shirzad Chamine's "Positive Intelligence: It's an examination of what Chamine calls PQ or positive intelligence quotient. Chamine's arguments on PQ are that it's a measurement of how productive your mind can be based on its self-affirming factors, and that by tapping into the wells of PQ, examining what strengthens it and lessening others that work against it, we can be more Shirzad Chamine's "Positive Intelligence: Chamine's arguments on PQ are that it's a measurement of how productive your mind can be based on its self-affirming factors, and that by tapping into the wells of PQ, examining what strengthens it and lessening others that work against it, we can be more successful in our personal and business lives.
I found the ground that Chamine tackles with respect to factors that deteriorate PQ, as well as build up the measure very helpful.
I'm surprised by how much I learned about myself thinking about my own PQ. There are ten factors that work against PQ, and the book outlines them very well. The factor that promotes PQ is what this book calls "The Sage" - where the benefits of that are quoted: Chamine's instructions and expansions on the matter are very clear cut and easy to understand.
I appreciated also the author's personal experiences and professional consultations peppered as examples and case studies in the text. I would highly recommend this book as a resource, and I know it's one I'll return to for quite some time.
Overall score: Dec 28, George Wang rated it really liked it. Professor Sanjeev Bedi first introduced me to this book right after I told him I'm interested in pursuing a startup. To my surprise, this is not a book that teaches how to run a startup, but a book that teaches skills that critical to achieving success in any area of life. According to the author, one's positive intelligence PQ is her biggest determinant of success. Based on this premise, this book explores the various entities in the mind that make up one's PQ.
One of those entities is the "Ju Professor Sanjeev Bedi first introduced me to this book right after I told him I'm interested in pursuing a startup. One of those entities is the "Judge. Judging oneself prevents one from attaining happiness in the process of achieving success; Judging others is the enemy of happy relationships; and Judging the circumstances denies one from ever being satisfied with what she has.
By bringing the Judge to the conscious awareness, it will slowly melt away, making way for our inner "sage" to surface. This book touches on many complex and abstract concepts. Although the reader may become more aware of the inner workings of the mind after the first read, attempting to articulate all the concepts to someone else may be difficult.
Understanding all the content requires more than one read. But once the content is internalized and applied to every day practice, positive change is right around the corner.
Jul 06, Ian Nadeau rated it liked it. With higher PQ, teams and professionals ranging from leaders to salespeople perform percent better on average. Importantly, they also report being far happier and less stressed. The breakthrough tools and techniques in this book have been refined over years of coaching hundreds of CEOs and their executive teams. Shirzad tells many of their remarkable stories, showing you how you too can take concrete steps to unleash the vast, untapped powers of your mind.
About the Author: He is Chairman of CTI, the largest coach training organization in the world. CTI has trained coaches and managers in most of the Fortune companies, as well as faculty at Stanford and Yale business schools. What a gold-mine of a book! An extremely useful text for increasing performance, success and happiness. As the author states: Though we frequently try to attribute our failure to others or uncontrollable circumstances, Shirzad Chamine shows in this book that it's usually due to our own self-sabotage.
Over the course of his engaging and incredibly pragmatic text, Chamine hammers home the point that though our minds are sometimes our best friends, they are often our worst enemies.
He describes our minds as having both Sage and Saboteur powers, each corresponding to different regions of our brains: Chamine uses numerous research and anecdotal examples to make a compelling argument that people and teams with higher PQ achieve more and are happier across all aspects of their lives. Through both his sound argument and a myriad of my own personal experiences, I believe it!
The thing I love most about this book is how serious it is about affecting positive change. It's not some loose framework or a series of things to "think about.