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Positive Intelligence: Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential AND HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOURS Hardcover – Apr 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: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Positive Intelligence has the potential to change your life and transform your business.  A Real Game Changer.  

(James D. White, Chairman, President and CEO, Jamba Juice 2012-04-01)

Positive Intelligence ranks in the top 3 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.
Positive Intelligence has had a lasting and transformative impact on me and others in my organization. It is a powerful framework for bringing out the best in everyone and quieting the worst. When you increase someone’s PQ, they will not only perform much better but also feel a whole lot more personal fulfillment and less stress along the way. 

(Lisa Stevens, Region President, Wells Fargo Bank 2012-04-01)

I have worked with Shirzad personally and seen him work with many other presidents and CEOs. His impact is often gamechanging for a team, and life changing for the individuals. When a coach raises a team’s PQ, it can quickly shift every player from good to extraordinary. The player’s skills are the same, but he has learned to command those voices in his head to his advantage. That makes all the difference in performance. Positive Intelligence is a must-have for anyone who leads or coaches a team.

(Jed York, President and CEO, San Francisco 49ers 2012-04-01)

This is a very innovative and important application of original psychological thinking to the business field. The Positive Intelligence model can provide a solid basis for bringing meaning and significant change to one's  life.  The strategies for identifying and dealing with Saboteur and Sage while harnessing untapped powers of the mind have proved highly effective in the business setting, and might well be applied elsewhere.  Read this book if you want to create major positive change in yourself, your loved ones, or your team. 

(Crittenden E. Brookes, M.D. Ph.D., Stanford University. Distinguished Life Fell 2012-04-01)

Developing a personal leadership model is one of the most practical, energy-saving, and stress-reducing things that anyone can do for themselves. Positive Intelligence makes that job easier by focusing on mastering the two most critical voices in everyone’s heads – Saboteur, and Sage. The best news is that leaders at every level can use its approach to get, and stay, on a more “winning” trajectory. Thank you, Shirzad, for writing such a usable, lively, and compelling book.

(Douglas R. Conant, Retired CEO Campbell Soup Company, and New York Times Bestse 2012-04-01)

Shirzad delivers a simple, do-able, 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 new book – today.

(Marshall Goldsmith - million-selling author of the New York Times bestsellers, M 2012-04-01)

“Working with Shirzad has had a profound impact on me. His tools and techniques for raising PQ are simple, concrete, pragmatic, and 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) 2012-04-01)

“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) 2012-04-01)

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, where he lectures.

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Format: Kindle Edition
Positive Intelligence audio-book is a very warm, pleasant rendition, and very engaging. When I finished listening, I was enthralled by the significance of your work. Everything was said in such a candid and clear way, that it almost felt like a conversation with the listener. In this audio-book, you presented your image and voice to the world, which added even more credibility.

You are a natural storyteller, Shirzad. You are able to capture the listener's attention right from the beginning. The stories and PQ come alive by the tone, pace and inflection that you used throughout, and the rhythm is well paced until the very end. You truly are a master communicator.

Positive Intelligence is delightfully written, and after first reading, one discovers it has a life of its own, even a personality. It is infused with the most riveting insights in neuroscience and cognitive therapies, which succeeded at striking a chord at the very essence or my being. The timely use of metaphors and rich descriptions mediated the understanding of complex ideas, and the stories lent themselves as vivid portrayals of human nature, courage, wisdom, and celebration. One of my favorites was the piece with Kian your son; I was able to picture the whole exchange.

Most interestingly, through the development of the 21-day program, PQ shows the way to unseat the most nefarious league of saboteurs of all times and transform them into docile assistants.

Positive Intelligence is one seminal book with the power to transform individuals, teams, families, and society at large, one sage at a time.
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This book is a must read for every leader, executive coach, parent, and human being. It is beautifully written, practical, well organized, and has a powerful message about the power of activating our inner sage or wise positive self, and diminishing the power of our survival brain (our saboteurs). Even if you are aware of these concepts it is worth reading this book so that you get a refresher and really lock them in with new research, practices, and practical tools. Thank you for writing this Shirzad!!!
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There is a lot of practical advice that has made noticeable changes for me at work, and in my relationships. The stories illustrate the ideas well. The only thing that I initially struggled with is that some of the advice is a veiled encouragement to practice mindfulness meditation practices, but this book goes beyond that with really powerful suggestions and ideas that can help anyone, from leaders to employees.
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I loved this book. It has helped me turn what seemed hopeless into a benefit I would never have recognized. This is a book to pass on for others to become enlightened!
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