Positive Intelligence | Shirzad Chamine

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


Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential and How You Can Achieve Yours, delves into the hidden reasons behind unfulfilled potential and reveals how to overcome self-sabotage in both personal and professional domains. The book highlights a continuous mental battle between destructive Saboteurs and the constructive inner Sage. This summary dives into the concept of ‘Positive Intelligence Quotient’ (PQ) and its correlation with performance, happiness, and overall well-being. Discover the 10 different Saboteurs that hinder your progress, learn how your Sage can guide you to success, and explore effective techniques to strengthen the powers of your PQ Brain while diminishing the negative influence of Saboteurs.

Overcoming Your Saboteurs

In “Positive Intelligence,” the author explains how individuals and teams can unlock their true potential by overcoming their inner Saboteurs. These primitive urges and instincts cause negative thinking that destroys happiness and performance. By building up positive thinking through their inner Sage, individuals and teams can achieve a high “Positive Intelligence Quotient” (PQ) score. A high PQ score leads to higher levels of performance and happiness, and individuals with high PQ scores even live longer, healthier lives. The book provides a simple yet effective approach to unlocking your true potential and overcoming the Saboteurs that hold you back.

Identify Your Inner Saboteurs

The 10 Saboteurs that can hinder personal growth and success are Avoider, Controller, Hyper-Achiever, Hyper-Rational, Hyper-Vigilant, Pleaser, Restless, Stickler, Victim, and Judge.

Each person has their unique mixture of ten Saboteurs that can impede personal growth and success. The Avoider tries to focus only on positive experiences and avoid conflicts and unpleasant situations. Controllers need to be in charge, control others, and win at everything. The Hyper-Achiever seeks constant validation and is highly competitive and goal-oriented. Hyper-Rational personalities are cold and analytical, with little regard for emotions. Hyper-Vigilant individuals are deeply suspicious of everything and constantly on edge. Pleasers want to help others but seek their acceptance and easily become resentful. Restless people need to stay busy and resist long-lasting relationships. Sticklers are self-critical perfectionists who criticize others for having impossible standards. Victims seek attention based on their painful experiences. Judges are responsible for negative thoughts and emotions such as disappointment, regret, anger, guilt, shame, and anxiety.

Identifying these Saboteurs and their negative effects is the first step towards overcoming them. By recognizing these internal forces, individuals can take actionable steps towards personal growth, development, and success.

Strengthening Your Sage

Embracing your inner Sage can help you unlock your full potential by showing compassion, keeping an open mind, and innovating. To increase your Positive Intelligence (PQ), you must strengthen your Sage and weaken the Saboteurs that block your success. The Sage offers a path that aligns with your values and mission, allowing you to explore and reach your goals. By acknowledging the power of your Sage, you can tap into your untapped potential and achieve greater success in life.

Tackling the Universal Saboteur

The Judge, an internal critic that causes individuals to criticize themselves, others, and their situations, is a universal saboteur that robs individuals of improvement and fulfillment. Shirzad Chamine, the author, discovered his Judge and wrote a letter to his MBA classmates, which led to relief and solidarity instead of ostracization. Chamine’s experiences leading CEO retreats confirmed that everyone has a Judge and that a collective group can be damaging. The Judge activates other saboteurs and convinces individuals that they are helping. Challenging these saboteurs weakens them and exposes their lies.

Mastering Your Sage

In “Activating Your Sage,” the author explains how to overcome saboteurs and activate the five powers of your Sage – empathy, exploration, innovation, navigation, and decisive action. By activating your Sage and learning to accept what is, rather than denying or resenting it, you can reduce stress and focus on doing what needs to be done. The “Three-Gifts Technique” teaches you to see problems as opportunities to gain something better, even if the gains are not immediate.

To strengthen your powers of empathy, visualize the child within you and connect with your feelings, as well as helping others overcome their difficulties. Exploration is achieved by pretending to be a fascinated anthropologist, keenly observing and discovering what simply is without judgment. Innovation involves generating as many new ideas as possible without rejecting any of them, and using the “Yes…and…” power game to strengthen your power of innovation. Navigation allows you to follow your internal compass and choose a path that is meaningful for you, while decisive action helps you to take action with a calm attitude and focused mind.

The author also discusses the different tactics used by saboteurs, including the Avoider, Restless Saboteur, Hyper-Vigilant, Controller, and Stickler, and how to anticipate their power plays. The key is in recognizing the saboteurs at work, and choosing to activate your Sage instead.

By mastering your Sage, you can reduce stress, increase positive emotions, and achieve your goals. So, listen to your Sage, activate your powers, and overcome your saboteurs to live a fulfilling life.

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