Saturday, May 5, 2012

Positive Intelligence: A game changer for your potential and performance!

Your potential is determined by many factors, including your cognitive intelligence (IQ), your emotional intelligence (EQ), and your skills, knowledge, experience, and social network. But it is your Positive Intelligence (PQ) that determines what percentage of your vast potential you actually achieve. When your mind is on your side, you flourish; when your mind works against you, you flounder. People who cultivate a positive mind-set perform better in the face of challenge.

Shirzad Chamine, Executive Coach and NY Times Bestselling Author of ‘Positive Intelligence’, shares compelling reasons for focusing on, measuring, and improving your Positive Intelligence. Positive Intelligence is ultimately about action and results. Its tools and techniques are a synthesis of the best practices in neuroscience, organizational science, positive psychology, and Co-Active® coaching.

With Positive Intelligence you can significantly improve the percentage of time that your mind is acting as your friend, rather than as your enemy. This will permanently shift the balance of power inside your mind so you can achieve more of your vastly untapped potential and help others do the same.


Current breakthrough research in neuroscience, organizational science, and positive psychology validates the principles of Positive Intelligence and the relationship between higher PQ and both performance and happiness. As mentioned, PQ measures the percentage of time that your brain is working positively, in your best interest, versus negatively, in self-sabotage.  Though different researchers have used different methods to track positivity and calculate positive-to-negative ratios, the results have been remarkably consistent.

Here are some of the research results reported by Shirzad Chamine in his book ‘Positive Intelligence’.
  • An analysis of more than two hundred different scientific studies, which collectively tested more than 275,000 people, concluded that higher PQ leads to higher salary and greater success in the arenas of work, marriage, health, sociability, friendship, and creativity.
  • Salespeople with higher PQ sell 37 percent more than their lower- PQ counterparts.
  • Negotiators with higher PQ are more likely to gain concessions, close deals, and forge important future business relationships as part of the contracts they negotiate.
  • Higher-PQ workers take fewer sick days and are less likely to become burned out or quit.
  • Doctors shifted to higher PQ make accurate diagnoses 19 percent faster.
  • Students shifted to higher PQ perform significantly better on math tests.
  • Higher-PQ CEOs are more likely to lead happy teams who report their work climate to be conducive to high performance. Project teams with higher- PQ managers perform 31   percent better on average when other factors are held equal.
  • Managers with higher PQ are more accurate and careful in making decisions, and they reduce the effort needed to get their work done.
  • A comparison of sixty teams showed that a team’s PQ was the greatest predictor of its achievement.
Besides impacting both performance and happiness, higher PQ can also literally impact your health and longevity:        
  • Research has shown that higher PQ results in enhanced immune system functioning, lower levels of stress-related hormones, lower blood pressure, less pain, fewer colds, better sleep, and less likelihood to have hypertension, diabetes, or strokes.
  • And, most amazingly, Catholic nuns whose personal journals in their early twenties showed higher PQ lived nearly ten years longer than the other nuns in their group. Higher PQ can literally help you live longer.

If your PQ score is 75 or higher, then your mind is on your side, and it can help you spiral up.  Shirzad writes: “… the PQ score of 75 is a critical tipping point.  Above it, you are generally being uplifted by the internal dynamics of the mind, and below it you are constantly being dragged down by those dynamics.”

To measure your PQ, you can do so at

A high measurement of the PQ score is not a bad sign at all. It is a wakeup call to realize where you stand and what action you need to take.

I welcome your feedback and comments.

See you next week!

Saju Skaria

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