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Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential and How You Can Achieve Yours

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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. His groundbreaking research exposes ten well-disguised mental Saboteurs. Nearly 95 percent of the executives in his Stanford lectures conclude that these Saboteurs cause “significant harm” to achieving their true p ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Greenleaf Book Group Press (first published April 1st 2012)
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Rod Moser
Feb 11, 2012 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.

Jan 17, 2012 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. ...more
Kent Winward
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
I'm giving this a lower rating, not because the book was particularly poor, but because it is overly simplistic. It's left brain/right brain dichotomy and it's New-Agey lingo turned me off, although I agree with the concepts. 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
Szymon Kulec
Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
I cannot give 0 stars, so I'm giving it 1.

How to write a book like this. First, come up with your custom categorization of human traits/behaviors. 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
George Wang
Dec 28, 2012 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
Kate Arms
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Like many books in the world of popularization of coaching, this is overly simplistic, has a bit of a complex about needing to justify itself with data, and puts cutesy terminology on things. This is the nature of the coaching profession right now. everybody is trying to develop unique intellectual property to stand it from the crowd, and everybody knows the big money is either in massive cultish events where people come to be touched by the charismatic guru or in the world of people and corpora ...more
Jun 19, 2013 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.
Patrick Bender
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 ...more
Dec 14, 2019 marked it as stopped-reading-unfinished
My boss’ boss lent me this book, and I tried so hard to read it. It just didn’t intrigue me enough or pull me in enough to keep going.
Siara M
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book I chose to read is Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine. 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 wo ...more
Jack O'Donnell
Aug 14, 2016 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. I did read today’s report in The Observer by Harriet Sherwood, the headline of which is Top cleric says C of E reforms risk making it a ‘suburban sect’. How does that apply to Shirzad Chamine’s New York Time’s bestseller? Well, I’d argue that Positive Intelligence (PQ) which measure the percentage of your mind that is sabotaging you as opposed to helping you is pseudoscienc ...more
Bliss Thao
Jul 30, 2017 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 ...more
Tanja Berg
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
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. "Easy" is the wrong word, although the steps themselves are simple and lucid, getting there will still require hard work. The book teaches us to recognize our saboteurs, strengthen our sage, doing "PQ" exercises (which is little more than awareness/mindfulness training). What I especially liked about this book is that it encompasses the ide ...more
Shirzad Chamine's "Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential and How You Can Achieve Yours" is an amazing resource. 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 ...more
Tracy Antol
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business-books
I liked the general idea of this book. Hey! Anything that can make us less stressed, more focused and working from a positive center is good. My only reservation is that not every encounter or experience is a "gift". There are terrible things that happen in life and that's ok. Not everything must be turned into a positive. Of course the author would write-off this opinion as just one of my internal Saboteurs trying to undermine me. That's the way these books work. They use your own rational thou ...more
Mark Whiting
Oct 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting and useful but 1. it does not give a great case for the teachings it holds to be 'research based', and 2. it feels like it's written for executives and high performers who are having a hard time. Very few cases and very little discussion in the book are about normal people trying to have better lives (although the methods discussed would probably work to some degree for that too). In particular, there are many problems that normal people have that executives may not have, and these p ...more
Ricardo Vargas
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this book, Prof Chamine present the concept of Positive Intelligence. Underlined in the believe that we guide our brain to the wrong decisions, a high positive intelligence you have the ability to understand when your brain try to guide you to the wrong direction. I read it as part of the Stanford Advanced Project Management Program at Stanford University.

No livro, o Prof. Chamine apresenta o conceito de Positive Intelligence. Delineado no conceito de que o seu cérebro muitas vezes guia você
Kim Leandersson
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can't really decide how I should rate this book. I enjoyed it, I like the topic, I believe what is described, but on the other hand the descriptions are so simplified and there is a lot of repetition in the book. So, it's not a 5 and not a 2. I choose between 3 and 4...

What I do like with the book is that it's not only theory, it is more hands on and deal with real examples. As with many books in the genre a lot of what is written is common sense, but sometimes you need it packaged and deliver
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was extremely impressed with the framework and model proposed by Chamine. The idea of Sabateours and Sage traits resonated greatly with me. I liked it so much that I've also ordered the hardcover to supplement my kindle version.

I have used the reframing methods with great success already and hope to be able to increase my PQ through the exercises - though I do find this harder to accomplish.

I highly recommend this book for people interested in positive intelligence.
Feb 06, 2013 marked it as try-again-later
Recommended to Judy by: Gene
This is an excellent book and one that I want to read sometime. However, right now, it seems like work to try to get through it. I will pick up again when my life is a little less stressful so that I may fully enjoy its brilliance.
Radu Nicoara
Jun 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Such a waste of time. The whole book is pseudo-science psychology, without a single piece of evidence to support the claims. Besides being overly-simplifying regarding normal life events, it is of the "I'll teach you what to think" type.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
What a waste of time! Maybe I'm just harder to convince but all the strategies, applications, anecdotes and personal tools provided were simplistic. If you need a pep talk for a few days, this is the book for you.
Marilyn Kilgore
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Good practical ways to quiet your mind chatter.
Erik Zimmer
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Through 2/3 of the book and its message resonates...
I recommend everyone working on the Sage drills daily.
Carolyn Baana
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had this book during past times where I found myself in a "vortex of negativity."
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me more than usual to read this book. I wanted to absorb as much as I could from it, and went through it at a slower pace than usual. I read it while working through Shirzad’s 7 week Positive Intelligence program. I found that the essence of the book is contained in the program and I would recommend reading it all thoroughly nonetheless (the program requieres reading the first 8 chapters). Some other parts of the book are naturally not contained in his program with so much detail and are ...more
Alex Hoskinson
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not a psychology expert, so this book really helped me with a few things.

First, the different personality types made me realize why I get along with some people, and why I find others so frustrating. Knowing what I know now would completely change past experiences with coworkers, so I'm optimistic about the future.

Second, understanding my own personality type has made it clear why certain things are more difficult for me. I'm a long way from fixing these issues, but more understanding of the
Petro Kacur
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
A good paradigm for understanding the unwitting ways that we create roadblocks for ourselves. Geared towards achivement in our "work" life but applicable for all aspects of growth. The premise is that we all have coping mechanisms for survival that were once useful but are now actually sabotaging our efforts. The primary "Saboteur" is our "Judge" who finds faults with the self and circumstances. This judge has a predisposition to exaggerating the negative and assuming the worst. Bu it causes ang ...more
Ross Mitchell
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book had its ups and downs as far as keeping my attention, but the real value was the idea of labeling thoughts. This really helped me and my busy mind. In practice I don’t actually use the labels the author creates but I have created my own. If I am thinking of something in the past or how I should’ve done something I call it the Rewinder, if I am thinking about something I will do or should do I call it the Fast Forwarder, and lastly if my mind is simply wondering about random things that ...more
Guy Kezirian
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physician-ceo
"Positive Intelligence" is distributed in the PHYSICIAN CEO program as a companion read to Martin Hubbard's "Reversing the Senses." CEO leadership is on display every second of the day, and this book helps to focus leaders on how to harness their energy to control their environment, and their culture. The so-called "soft" skills of leadership are what make great CEOs.

Self-awareness is critical for every CEO. This book is highly recommended--even if you read it at the start of the program, this
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“Your Sage’s five great powers are (1) to Explore with great curiosity and an open mind; (2) to Empathize with yourself and others and bring compassion and understanding to any situation; (3) to Innovate and create new perspectives and outside-the-box solutions; (4) to Navigate and choose a path that best aligns with your deeper underlying values and mission; and (5) to Activate and take decisive action without the distress, interference, or distractions of the Saboteurs.” 2 likes
“The Judge’s most damaging lie is that we are not worthy of love or respect by just being who we are. Instead, it forces us to constantly perform for them; this forms the construct of “conditional love.” Most of us grow up experiencing love that is conditional on being good or performing, and we get into the habit of placing the same conditions on self-love. But conditional love is not real love. It’s more like receiving a carrot for good behavior.” 0 likes
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