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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—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)
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This book is great for everyone- coaches in their practice and people working on saboteurs and personal development.
If you want to finally get out of your own way and identify what messages you have internalized that keep you struggling this could be a very helpful tool.
If you want to use it as a coaching tool, this will help you with your clients or employees to help them get to their goals.
I originally got this book from the library and it was so good I had to buy it. (A book has to be something that I will refer back to frequently for me to buy it.)
While it has a business focus, you can apply what you learn to both personal and work situations. The author also explains how to apply the model and techniques in individual and team contexts. And while not about Agile, the book also left me with some ideas for activities to use in Sprint Retrospectives, which are after all, a practice teams use to be more mindful and resilient.
Positive Intelligence is a rather quick read (but you will want to take notes and mark pages), which mixes discussions, stories, and practices, so you can apply what you’ve learned. The book also makes frequent references to resource on the companion website. If you feel that negative reactions are holding you back, even subtly, this book is worth a read.
I’ve been a regular meditator so, in the beginning, I thought this is just another approach to mindfulness. But it goes way beyond that. What Shirzad calls PQ Reps are these cool 10-second exercises that help you to change your brain activation in the middle of meeting life’s challenges. This has helped me to bring that same calmness and clarity that I feel in the middle of my meditation into the way I handle work and life’s challenges.
The Saboteur concept is also very powerful. The ability to label these destructive voices in the head with Saboteur names like the Judge makes it easier to weaken them and know that you’re not stuck with them and don’t have to follow their advice.
The App and the six-week program bring a huge added value of helping me focus on just one practice per day. Like the focus on just intercepting the Judge Saboteur today. I found it very motivating to keep going until those new ways became automatic habits. I highly recommend both the book and the program. Well done!
We all have demons in us that sabotage our relationships, success and happiness, and sadly for me I don't even recognize them until I read Positive Intelligence.
What kills our ability to live better is "We don't know what we don't know" until someone points it out to us, or shows it to us.
Ms. Susan, thank you so much for recommending me to read Positive Intelligence. In return after investing time to read and understand this book, I'd recommend it as a good read for you too if you want to feel, think, and live more abundantly.
Investor | Author | Entrepreneur
Top international reviews
If only spiritual books were as compassionate, ego-less and downright useful.
Thank you Shirzad.
This book gets you to think about things in a different way. There are a lot of exercises which if practiced will bring results.
The Not so Good:
It is not for everyone. If you already are positive, and mindful - imho that's probably good enough and you can entirely skip this book.
To me, there are a lot of concepts, framework and terminology the author created himself. It just seemed to me that the author was going out of his way to brand 'PQ' - Positive intelligence quotient as a thing and praising it wherever possible.
I'm not against this book, as some of the stuff outlined in this book is useful, esp the section on saboteurs. But the presentation style and perspective just was not my cup of tea.
I strongly recommend visiting the author's website and watching videos on the subject online BEFORE thinking about buying this book. You will get a good feel on whether this book is of any benefit.
Opens new perspective in labling negative thoughts when they arise and thus helps focusing your thoughts in being positive