Get Mentally Fit
“Ninety percent of the game is half mental.”--Yogi Berra
Positive Intelligence (PQ) is a synthesis of recent breakthroughs in neuroscience, cognitive and positive psychology, and performance science validated by over half a million participants in 50 countries.
PQ is a measure of the strength of positive mental muscles (Sage) versus negative ones (Saboteur).
Saboteurs react to challenges in ways that generate negative emotions such as stress, disappointment, self-doubt, regret, anger, shame, guilt, or worry.
The Sage handles challenges through positive emotions like empathy, gratitude, curiosity, creativity, self-confidence, and calm, clear-headed, laser-focused action.
The relative strength of the positive Sage versus the negative Saboteurs is called PQ (Positive Intelligence Quotient).
PQ is a measure of mental fitness. It's a predictor of how happy you are and how well you perform relative to your potential.
Research shows that PQ significantly increases with practice and habits.
This program dramatically improves performance and productivity and helps you respond to challenging life situations with a calm, clear, and happier mind.
What is PQ?
Why it Matters NOW!
We're under increasing stress.
Relationships are fraying.
The environment is shifting and changing.
In the face of all this uncertainty, you can learn to be calm and focus your attention on the action necessary to flourish and thrive, both personally and professionally.
Assess Where You Are
A Calm, Clear, and Happier Mind
Dramatic Increases in Performance and Productivity
PQ is a synthesis of recent breakthroughs in neuroscience, cognitive and positive psychology, and performance science tested by 500,000 individuals in 50 countries including hundreds of leaders and their executive teams from the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors.
Practice 15-minutes a Day
On Monday each week, you watch a video lesson with New York Times bestselling author and Stanford University Professor, Shirzad Chamine.
From Tuesday through Friday, you access the PQ Phone App for 15 minutes to strengthen your PQ.
On Thursday you join a live video session with a PQ Coach.
Week 1: Boost Your Self-Command Muscle
The first week you learn innovative 10-second PQ Reps that boost your self-command. This enables you to run your brain rather than being run by your Saboteur-hijacked brain. Self-command is key to intercepting unhelpful mental habits and rewiring your brain to respond more effectively.
Week 2: Intercept the Judge Saboteur
For this entire week, you'll intercept and weaken the most damaging Saboteur, the Judge. You discover how judging yourself, others, and circumstances is a crucial source of your stress and quite damaging to your performance and relationships. Most nonprofit leaders discover their Judge to be far more prevalent and harmful than they suspected.
Week 3: Intercept your Accomplice Saboteurs
This week you intercept and weaken the top accomplice to your Judge Saboteur, identified through the Saboteur Assessment from the following: Avoider, Controller, Hyper-Achiever, Hyper-Rational, Hyper-Vigilant, Pleaser, Restless, Stickler, Victim. Many nonprofit leaders have strong controlling, pleasing, and hyper-achieving tendencies that sabotages performance and relationships.
Week 4: Shift From Saboteur to Sage
After weakening your Saboteurs, it is now time to strengthen your Sage, the counterpart to your Saboteurs. Your Sage lives in an entirely different part of your brain, generates all your positive emotions, and achieves peak performance through a calm and clear mind. Nonprofit leaders who shift from sabotaging to sage behavior empower their teams to flourish, thrive, and get results.
Week 5: Boost the Sage Powers
The Sage region of the brain enables 5 primary powers. Analogous to the 3 primary colors, these 5 powers recombine to form all of the emotional intelligence competencies considered crucial to professional success. Nonprofit leaders who embody their Sage Powers find they are much better at exploring possibilities, innovating, and setting a clear direction for their teams and organizations.
Week 6: Take Clear-Headed, Laser-Focused Action
This week, you use your Sage's Navigate and Activate powers to take clear-headed, laser-focused, decisive action. Nonprofit leaders who take action from a Sage perspective achieve extraordinary results.
Week 7: Sustain the Momentum
In this final session, you discover how to continue using your PQ tools for a variety of work and life applications.
Your PQ Fitness Coaches
David Langiulli is a certified professional coach (CPCC, PCC) who helps individuals flourish and thrive in the face of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. David's experience spans the university and corporate sectors for over three decades. He’s a graduate of the Coaching Training Insitute's Leadership and Coaching programs. He holds master’s degrees in business and engineering, as well as an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics-engineering. As a volunteer, David coaches youth classes at his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Collier-Lee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. David found his way to the PQ Gym when he first read Positive Intelligence in 2013. Since then, he quieted his inner critic (a.k.a., "Sledgehammer") and loves to help clients weaken their own Saboteurs.
Janice Cunning (CPCC, PCC) is a certified professional coach and facilitator who is passionate about partnering with individuals and teams to help them create an inspired vision that transforms lives. She was previously a Senior Consultant at KCI, Canada’s largest fundraising consulting firm. Janice earned a BA in History from Trent University, a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto and completed CTI’s Leadership program. An active volunteer, Janice recently served as Vice President and Secretary for the International Coach Federation (ICF) – Toronto Chapter. Janice met Shirzad Chamine in 2016 when she invited him to Toronto to deliver a keynote. He lovingly called out her controller saboteur. Since then, she has learned to build her sage muscles and loves to help clients do the same.
Michelle Maloy Dillon (CPCC, PCC) is a certified professional coach who is passionate about helping clients be aware of their strengths and impact as conscious leaders. She has over twenty years of entrepreneurial business experience and brings a playful and creative mindset to her engagement with individuals and their organizations. As a coach, Michelle holds a PCC certification through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a CPCC certification through the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI). She is also a CTI faculty member. As a volunteer, Michelle provides coaching to United Nations humanitarian staff located around the world.
Margaret Katz Cann is a Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). She specializes in executive fundraising coaching, board training, and consulting, Margaret works with nonprofit executives to stop tripping over their ask, to connect to passion and leadership – and step into the world of compelling fundraising. Margaret is an experienced and joyful fundraiser, having spent 22 years at the Community Foundation Boulder County. She is passionate about the intersection of coaching with fundraising, and the way leaders who are willing and wanting to up their game can step away from anxiety and dread can step into their leadership as fundraisers for their organizations. Her nonprofit clients include executive directors, board members, and development staff, where she works with organizations to plan and then adds coaching to make the plans become reality.
Your PQ Coaching Pod
Research indicates a 500% increased likelihood of establishing positive new habits when supported by accountability partners.
Every participant in the PQ Fitness Program is placed in a support and coaching group, called a Pod to ensure your success.
Pod members meet once a week with a PQ Coach to discuss the week's training. Pod members are also able to communicate privately with each other using an SMS Group or a private What's App Group established by the Pod.
Pod Meeting Date, Time, & Duration
Pods meet live by Zoom Video with their Coaches on Thursdays at 12:00noonET for 45minutes, with all Pod members having already watched the weekly video session and engaged with daily practice on the App.
What People Say About This Program
"I've completed several personal growth and professional development programs. The daily practice causes ease flow in my life. Mental fitness gets to the root cause of many unskillful behaviors. It gives me simple, practical tools of dealing with life's challenges."
"The Positive Intelligence (PQ) model is a brilliant breakthrough as it defines, measures, and improves your awareness of your own performance and happiness. It also helps solve the mystery of why so many smart people still fail to be successful."
"I’m so much more effective and have so much less stress in every area of my life — from blowing past targets at work, to far more fulfilling relationships at home."
"This has been the most impactful training I ever experienced. You develop powerful mental muscles to deal with challenges with much less stress and greater clarity, creativity, and resilience."
“This has been a profound growth experience. I now consistently feel joy and calm in the middle of handling the many challenges of running my team."
"It was a wonderful program that pushed boundaries and helped me become more grounded."
"You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time!"
"This program changed my life! I read Positive Intelligence several years ago and took the Saboteur Assessment. Both were helpful at the time. However, it wasn't until I participated in the 7-week program that I was able to have compassion and empathy for myself (my inner critic was VERY strong). Although "self-love" is still a stretch, I now know that I am worthy of love - from myself and others."
"What is new and life-changing is the ‘mind control,’ the ability to ‘let go’ when any negative feelings take over. This program has given me the ability to be in the driver seat of my life."
"I personally have experienced a new sense of energy, engagement and possibility both at work and at home — and I am actually getting full nights of sleep!"
"I am much calmer and have a greater sense of happiness than I have felt in years. I feel physically lighter, and my energy is higher. Sage is now present all of the time. I sleep better, eat better, exercise better."
"All my life I thought my high achievements were impossible without feeling constant stress. I’ve now learned to achieve even more with a calm and clear mind. I’m now enjoying every day, not just the final accomplishments."
"Don't sweat the small stuff!"
“Insightful, reflective, and provoking!”
"For the duration of the program, you will have free, unlimited, and exclusive access to the Mental Fitness phone App."
"The App helps you build one small mental muscle at a time, laying down new neural pathways to form lasting positive habits of your mind."
"The App tracks your daily progress and provides personalized daily coaching tips that will encourage and challenge you to keep going."