Strengthen your mental fitness.

In our minds, a silent war rages on – a battle between the forces of positivity and the saboteurs of negativity.  

This is the world of Positive Intelligence (PQ), a compelling framework conceptualised by Shirzad Chamine, that unveils the keys to mental fitness and inner capacity for positivity.

It’s not just about positive thinking, but rather about developing mastery over your mind to manage negative self-talk and emotions.

The PQ theory unboxed.

Imagine your mind housing two distinct sides: the Sage and the Saboteurs.

The Sage embodies positivity and rationality, guiding us towards clarity, creativity, and confidence.

In contrast, the Saboteurs are the treacherous voices that sow seeds of doubt, breed negativity, and hinder our progress.

Your PQ, or Positive Intelligence Quotient, serves as a reflection of the balance between Sage and Saboteurs. It represents the percentage of time your mind operates in your best interest, navigating challenges with resilience and grace.

Benefits of Positive Intelligence.

We all experience an inner voice. But when that self-talk turns negative, it can erode our confidence, hinder our actions, and impede our performance.

The allure of Positive Intelligence lies in its transformative power, offering a myriad of benefits for those willing to embark on this journey:

  • Enhanced wellbeing – increased PQ can reduce stress, increase happiness, and boost self-confidence, fostering a sense of inner peace and fulfilment.
  • Amplified performance – by mastering the art of managing negative self-talk, individuals unlock the door to heightened focus, sharper decision-making, and unparalleled productivity.
  • Nurtured relationships – Positive Intelligence cultivates better communication skills and fosters empathy, paving the way for healthier, more fulfilling relationships.

Shifting the balance.

Our Survivor Brain, triggers our Saboteurs to tackle challenges head-on. However, this often leads to a cascade of negative emotions, clouding our judgment and hindering our progress.

We want to activate our Sage Brain, a beacon of positivity and clarity, that fills us with empathy, curiosity, and fearless action, propelling us towards peak performance and inner peace.

Your mind is both ally and adversary, with your PQ serving as the judge of this delicate balance. By weakening Saboteurs and strengthening your Sage, you can reclaim control over your mental landscape and unleash your full potential.

The goal? Altering the balance in favour of your Sage, where your mind works for you, not against you.

But how do we achieve this feat?

Recognising and weakening your Saboteurs.

Awareness is the first step towards victory. Identify your Saboteurs and understand how they wield their influence over your thoughts and emotions.

It’s easier to combat an enemy you can identify.

Take the test to identify which of the 10 different Saboteurs affect you.

From the Controller to the Pleaser to the Hyper-Achiever, each Saboteur manifests in unique ways, influencing how we think, feel, and respond. Weakening these Saboteurs is essential towards reclaiming control over our minds.

Strengthening your Sage.

Before you embark on this journey, remember to assess your PQ score.

Empower your Sage by consciously shifting your perspective, to view every challenge as an opportunity for growth and learning.

Transform each challenge into an opportunity for growth. Use these tools to strengthen your Sage and reshape your mindset:

  • Activate – take decisive action without the interference of saboteurs
  • Navigate – choose a path that best aligns with your deeper underlying values and mission
  • Explore – with great curiosity and an open mind
  • Innovate – and generate, create new perspectives and solutions
  • Empathise – with yourself and others, bring compassion and understanding to any situation.

Building mental health with PQ Reps.

Just as physical fitness requires regular exercise, mental fitness demands consistent practice too.

PQ Reps, simple exercises aimed at redirecting your attention to your senses, help build the muscles of your PQ Brain. This is one technique that works for me, the PQ Brain equivalent of lifting a dumbbell is very simple:

Shift your attention as much as possible to your body and any of your five senses for at least 10 seconds.

This is a PQ Rep, just like the reps you do in a gym.

Rub your finger and thumb together. Wiggle your toes.

This might appear simplistic, but it is backed by a massive amount of research.

Every time you attempt such a shift of attention for about 10 seconds, you have performed a “PQ rep,” strengthening the muscles of your PQ Brain. The goal is to do 100 PQ reps per day to build up and maintain strong PQ Brain muscles.

This can be done while sitting in a meeting, driving, walking the dog, or taking a shower.

It doesn’t need to take any extra time from your busy day.

These muscles build up really fast.

Embrace the journey.

Incorporating Positive Intelligence into your life is a journey – one that promises to transform how you perceive and respond to the world around you. By embracing the principles of PQ, you can cultivate a mindset of positivity, resilience, and growth.

However, consistency and commitment to the practice are essential to see significant changes.

Remember, if you are feeling negative emotions STOP. You are in Saboteur mode. Engage your Sage brain now.


If you’re curious to learn more about Positive Intelligence and how it can benefit you, I’d be delighted to chat. Feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn or email, and let’s explore the power of Positive Intelligence together.

The 4Ps of Candid Conversations


The “Four Ps” model can help us to plan for a difficult or candid conversation so that both parties find it beneficial.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to plan for a difficult or candid conversation so that both parties find it beneficial
  • Understand how to use the 4Ps to deliver a difficult message
  • Consider how this can help manage under-performance in a structured manner

Assertive Disagreement


When you disagree with someone, it is often best to be direct and clear, as it avoids an unfortunate misunderstanding. People can shy away from disagreement as it can sometimes feel confrontational. The assertive approach introduced in this module helps you to express your disagreement in a professional, constructive manner.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn what assertiveness is
  • Learn a process to put your case across without getting emotional
  • Provide context for how to use the model in a real-world environment

Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument


Because no two individuals have exactly the same expectations and desires, conflict is a natural part of our interactions with others. This self-test assessment will tell you more about your predominant style of handling conflict and what this means.

Learning Outcomes

  • Provide a starting point for your development
  • Identify your conflict handling style
  • Learn about the five conflict handling modes

AID Feedback Model


Providing feedback that encourages open dialogue and communication enhances your credibility as both a teammate and as a leader. AID is a simple feedback model that can be used for positive moments and those that need corrective action.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn a simple model for providing feedback
  • Identify your own role in each of the stages
  • Discover the benefits of creating a feedback culture

Action-Centred Leadership


Good managers and leaders should have full command of the three main areas of the Action-Centred Leadership model and should use each of the elements according to the situation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discover John Adair’s action-centred leadership model
  • Learn how to adapt the model for your own work situation
  • Investigate the danger of becoming out of balance

Question Types


Asking the right question is at the heart of effective communication and information exchange. Using the right questions can improve a whole range of communication skills; the information we receive back (the answer) will depend very much on the type of question we ask.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn why asking the right question is at the heart of effective communication and information exchange
  • Discover why the right questions in a particular situation can improve a whole range of communication skills

Dr. Mehrabian’s Communication Model


We are always communicating, even when we are not speaking. Other factors communicate what we really think and feel, which can be explained by looking at Albert Mehrabian’s communication model.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the impact of mixed messages when communicating
  • Understand that communication is a blend of words, body language and tone

Situational Leadership


Leaders need to tailor their approach based on the person they are coaching, their experience at the task and their level of enthusiasm for completing it.

The ability to adapt your leadership style to cater to different tasks and your people’s needs is called situational leadership.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand Hersey and Blanchard’s situational leadership model
  • Recognise directive and supportive behaviours
  • Understand the four leadership styles in line with situational leadership
  • Understand the development levels of team members, based on competence and commitment
  • Become confident with flexing your leadership style to the individual and the situation