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Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential AND HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOURS Hardcover – April 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608322785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608322787
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Positive Intelligence can change your life and transform your business.  A real game-changer.”
—James D. White, Chairman and CEO, Jamba Juice


“Positive Intelligence ranks in the top three most influential business books I have ever read.  If I could give only one book to the thousands of team members in my organization to enhance their performance, it would be this book.”
—Lisa Stevens, Region President, Wells Fargo Bank


“I’ve worked closely with Shirzad and experienced him walking the PQ walk.  Most change initiatives fizzle because of our mental “Saboteurs.”  Shirzad gives us the tools to conquer them and create positive change that lasts.  This is a must-read for any individual or team serious about unleashing peak performance.”
---Dean Morton, former COO, Hewlett-Packard (HP)

“Shirzad delivers a simple, doable, groundbreaking set of exercises that can help you develop your ‘performance’ muscles, increase your PQ score, and gain access to previously untapped mental resources. Working out was never so rewarding or so much fun!  So if you’re ready to get even better, get this book—today.” 
—Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author, Mojo and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

“Developing a personal leadership model is one of the most practical, energy-saving, and stress-reducing things that anyone can do for themselves.  Leaders at every level can use the PQ approach to get, and stay, on a more ‘winning’ trajectory. This is such a usable, lively, and compelling book.”
—Douglas R. Conant, former CEO, Campbell Soup Company, and New York Times bestselling author

“ I have worked with Shirzad personally and seen him work with many other Presidents and CEOs.  His impact is often game-changing for a team and life-changing for the individuals.  Positive Intelligence is a must-have for anyone who leads or coaches a team.”
—Jed York, President and CEO, San Francisco 49ers

“The PQ model provides a solid basis for bringing meaning and significant change to one's life.  If you want to create major positive change in yourself, your team, or loved ones, read this book.”
—Crittenden E. Brookes, MD, PhD, Stanford University, and Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

"Working with Shirzad has had a profound impact on me.  The tools and techniques to raise PQ are simple, concrete and pragmatic, yet incredibly effective.  They help me remain focused on what truly matters and grounded amidst the swirl of daily life.  This book is a gift.  Make sure you share it.
--Jim Lanzone, President, CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation)

About the Author

New York Times Bestselling author Shirzad Chamine is Chairman of CTI, the largest coach-training organization in the world. CTI has trained coaches and managers in most of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as faculty at Stanford and Yale business schools. A preeminent C-suite advisor, Shirzad has coached hundreds of CEOs and their executive teams. Prior to running CTI, he was the CEO of an enterprise software company. His background includes PhD studies in neuroscience in addition to a BA in psychology, an MS in electrical engineering, and an MBA from Stanford, where he lectures.

More About the Author

Shirzad Chamine is Chairman of CTI, the largest coach-training organization in the world. CTI has trained coaches and managers in most of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as faculty at Stanford and Yale business schools. A preeminent C-suite advisor, Shirzad has coached hundreds of CEOs and their executive teams. Prior to running CTI, he was the CEO of an enterprise software company. His background includes PhD studies in neuroscience in addition to a BA in psychology, an MS in electrical engineering, and an MBA from Stanford.

Shirzad lectures at Stanford on Positive Intelligence and has also been a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco. He has been speaker at the Commonwealth Club and a regional board member for Young President's Organization. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.

Find Shirzad's blogs, keynotes, and free assessments of your Saboteurs and your Positive Intelligence score (PQ) at www.PositiveIntelligence.com.

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A very good book, easy to read.
Cedric
Taking responsibility for our actions is the key to a successful life and this book will help make better choices.
John Bozich
It's a good book and if you're into self-help books, it's as good as anything else I've come across in a while.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Wilson VINE VOICE on July 25, 2012
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UPDATE: The day after I wrote the following review, my Brooklyn apartment building caught fire and I had to escape via fire escape. The fire became a 6-alarm fire and involved about 200 FDNY firefighters, 26 of which were injured. The entire 117-apartment building is now uninhabitable. Not only did we lose our homes, but many of us lost just about everything we own. Having read this book shortly before this disaster helped prepare me for what is, essentially, a life-changing event. It made me aware of my thoughts, especially the negative ones, and I realized immediately that I could either let this disaster become one of the worst things that ever happened to me or find a way to turn it into one of the greatest things that ever happened to me. That level of thinking has proven to be invaluable in staying mentally and emotionally strong through something like this. For me, the greatest value of this book is that it opened my eyes to identify negative thoughts, even the ones I wouldn't normally recognize as negative, and nip them in the bud before they grew into something bigger. No, positive thinking alone doesn't get someone through life's worst curveballs. That would be naive. But it did give me the strength to accept the situation and start working toward the next steps. It allowed me to support others. It allowed me to show gratitude to those who helped. It has allowed me to become a better person as a result of this.

Here's my original review:

It's not surprising to me to learn that only about 20% of individuals and teams are performing at a "true potential" level. It's the Pareto Principle, the 80/20 Rule. What's interesting is that Shirzad Chamine found this to be true through his own research.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Michael Terrell on March 28, 2012
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What a gold-mine of a book! An extremely useful text for increasing performance, success and happiness. As the author states: much like Sisyphus--the mythological king who was forced to roll a boulder to the top of a hill every day only to watch it roll back down in the evening--our best efforts to achieve our goals or increase our happiness often unravel. 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: the PQ Brain (Sage) and the Survivor Brain (Saboteurs). The more we are able to activate our PQ Brain and our Sage, the higher our Positive Intelligence Quotient (PQ) becomes. 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." It's actually about giving the reader an accessible toolkit to improve the way they experience life, affect their colleagues, and pursue their goals. From tools like Sage Power Games to the Three Gifts Technique, Chamine presents easy-to-do, CEO-tested techniques that actually make a difference.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2012
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One of the real mysteries of life is why so many people fall short of their potential. Shirzad Chamine, the author of Positive Intelligence, has studied the difference between potential and accomplishment and gives some very compelling insights into the causes and solutions to the problem.

According to Mr. Chamine, "Your mind is your best friend. But it is also your worst enemy. The reason so many of our attempts at improving our success or happiness fizzle is that we sabotage ourselves. With Positive Intelligence you can both measure and significantly improve the percentage of time that your mind is serving you rather than sabotaging you."

For a long time we have known about IQ and the impact intelligence had on success. A couple of decades ago, we were introduced to the concept of emotional intelligence - EQ - and the fact that EQ had more impact on our success than IQ. Now Mr. Chamine has introduced the concept of PQ - Positive Intelligence and shows that we can measure PQ and by following some simple exercises, dramatically improve PQ.

Most who have studied personal development have been exposed to the concepts of different parts of the brain. Mr. Chamine takes a simple and easy to understand way to describe the conflict that happens in the brain. The primary function of our limbic system - the emotional part of the brain - is to ensure our survival. The prefrontal cortex - the rational, reasoning, thinking part is designed to help us grow and thrive. He calls the two basic parts the survival brain and the sage brain. And unfortunately they are often at conflict. When we are under stress, angry, feel pressure, the survival brain hi-jacks the sage brain, controlling our actions.
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