Review: Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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 successful in our personal and business lives.

I found the ground that Chamine tackles with respect to factors that deteriorate PQ, as well as build up the measure very helpful. I’m surprised by how much I learned about myself thinking about my own PQ. There are ten factors that work against PQ, and the book outlines them very well. The factor that promotes PQ is what this book calls “The Sage” – where the benefits of that are (quoted):

*to Explore with great curiosity and an open mind;

*to Empathize with yourself and others and bring compassion and understanding to any situation;

*to Innovate and create new perspectives and outside-the-box solutions;

*to Navigate and choose a path that best aligns with your deeper underlying values and mission;

*to Activate and take decisive action without the distress, interference, or distractions [of the things that sabotage PQ]

Strategies for the promotion of PQ are in line of weakening the factors that work against PQ, strengthening “the Sage”, and working the muscles as a functioning part of the PQ brain. Chamine’s instructions and expansions on the matter are very clear cut and easy to understand. It’s also a valuable tool to on how to improve relationships, tackle personal limitations and challenges, and be able to examine professional goals among individuals and teams/groups. I appreciated also the author’s personal experiences and professional consultations peppered as examples and case studies in the text.

I would highly recommend this book as a resource, and I know it’s one I’ll return to for quite some time.

Overall score: 5/5

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Greenleaf Book Group.

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